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Royal Windsor River Trail Run - October

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£25.00 - £40.00Free injury protection
Event summary

Race in the heart of the picturesque Thames Valley in this half marathon trail race. This is a flat and relatively mud-free trail run, so ideal for runners looking to make inroads into the sport of trail running. Come for the country air, scenery and bespoke finisher's medal.

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Offering fun, friendly, family, fast and focused events across the South. F3 Events was set up in 2006 and has been one of the leading sporting event organisers along the Thames Valley for the past 10 years.

Our mission is to organise, deliver and provide first class sporting events along the Thames Valley to aspiring athletes from complete beginners to elites athletes.

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Tickets available until Sat Oct 02 2021

What's included:

  • Marshalled Course
  • Chip timed event
  • Finisher's medal
  • Race photography
  • Toilets
  • First aid
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd of men and women
  • Prizes for winners of Veteran categories (V40, V50, V60, V70)
Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Run 13.1mi

£35.00
10k
10:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Run 10km

£25.00
Marathon
8:30am Sun 3rd Oct 2021

Run 26.2mi

£40.00
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What people think
3.4
54 reviews
NZ Girl
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was a great experience for my first half! It went well and everyone was so supportive and encouraging along the track. I appreciated the beautiful views and flat terrain. I made some great friends along the way and I felt great after completing it.My only 2 suggestions would be:- More aid stations; perhaps every 5 km would've been better if it wasn't possible to have more. Ideally every 4km would've been good. It was sort of stressful coming across injured people who didn't know when or where to get assistance (for anything from needing plaster to sprained ankles).- Instead of using gels in addition to water, offering an electrolyte drink instead or offering lollies for that extra energy. As I had not trained on gels, I did not want to take one in-case my tummy didn't agree! so I was starting to feel like my sugar levels were dropping. I have definitley learnt from this race, not to rely on the event for what I need in terms of wellbeing and that I should carry with me my own water, lollies etc to get me through; which is a fantastic thing to do anyway, so it was definitely a positive.My husband and I really like the medals too, they are really neat! As we factored this run in to our holiday (as we travelled over from NZ to visit friends); I would 100% do this run again as I really enjoyed it!!… read more
Diane
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
I though the course was beautiful and the stewards were very friendly. Could have wished for better weather, but that's what next year is for! … read more
Brian
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
Fantastic stuff. I was a bit nervous about this one but I had a really good time. Felt very strongly about coming back and leaving a review for this one. Shall be doing again. Love this site for booking as well, very helpful!… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Can I run with a pram or dog?
No, unfortunately neither of these are permitted on the race site.… read more
FAQ
How old do I need to be to participate in this race?
There is a minimum participant age of 18 to enter the marathon, 17 for the half marathon, and 15 for the 10k.… read more
FAQ
Where can I find my results?
The results will be posted on F3 events website directly after the race. You will also receive a results email which will be sent to your email address after the event.… read more
Route description
Route description

All 3 courses start and finish at the foot of the beautiful and historic Windsor Castle, current home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The flat course is mainly run along river trail paths and will incorporate many of the key landmarks that have made this area so famous. Some of the highlights include Boveney Lock, Bray, Dorney and Eton.

The course is not designed to be the classic gruelling cross country through puddles and deep mud. Instead it is a fun, friendly and fast trail run through some of the most beautiful countryside the Thames Valley has to offer.

NZ Girl
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was a great experience for my first half! It went well and everyone was so supportive and encouraging along the track. I appreciated the beautiful views and flat terrain. I made some great friends along the way and I felt great after completing it.My only 2 suggestions would be:- More aid stations; perhaps every 5 km would've been better if it wasn't possible to have more. Ideally every 4km would've been good. It was sort of stressful coming across injured people who didn't know when or where to get assistance (for anything from needing plaster to sprained ankles).- Instead of using gels in addition to water, offering an electrolyte drink instead or offering lollies for that extra energy. As I had not trained on gels, I did not want to take one in-case my tummy didn't agree! so I was starting to feel like my sugar levels were dropping. I have definitley learnt from this race, not to rely on the event for what I need in terms of wellbeing and that I should carry with me my own water, lollies etc to get me through; which is a fantastic thing to do anyway, so it was definitely a positive.My husband and I really like the medals too, they are really neat! As we factored this run in to our holiday (as we travelled over from NZ to visit friends); I would 100% do this run again as I really enjoyed it!!
Diane
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
I though the course was beautiful and the stewards were very friendly. Could have wished for better weather, but that's what next year is for!
Brian
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
Fantastic stuff. I was a bit nervous about this one but I had a really good time. Felt very strongly about coming back and leaving a review for this one. Shall be doing again. Love this site for booking as well, very helpful!
Liam
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Course was absolutely fantastic! Stewards were great, and the other runners were all friendly people. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone!
George
Star
2.3
Did the 10k in 2018
Not one of the best experiences I've had at a race. The course was nice enough even if it was bit long by my watch, but the stewards weren't very friendly and the finish wasn't very lively afterwards either
Keith
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great event. Really enjoyed it. Please thanks those who organised and run it. Two minor points - the amplifier speakers didn't work (they were very quiet) for the briefing and £5 just to keep you bag is a bit much when you have spent over £40 on entry fee.
Brian
Star
3.0
Did the 10k in 2018
the course is perfectly fine and well organised but its really expensive for what you get. 35 quid with no included parking is a little bit questionable.
Darren
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2019
the course was much longer than expected. Since I'm used to longer distances, it wasn't too difficult but this could be a real problem for some people. Fix it for next year!! Other than that the race was good & well marshaled
Phillip
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Brilliant event, I will be back next year. The event was well organised, the nice weather always helps and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!
Madeleine
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
A really lovely course along the river Thames. Slightly chaotic start in ‘waves’ which didn’t mean very much as couldn’t quite hear. Some places in the first fee km the path is very narrow and you couldn’t go at your desired pace. The km markers were a bit random - not just based on my gps but several others running around me also commented they were out. So don’t trust them to keep your pace!That said the course was well sign posted and well marshalled with good number of drink and gel stops along the route. The atmosphere was good for a trail run but don’t expect crowds lining the route - it’s not that kind of run!My only very minor criticism was the last 500m after the up and over road bridge (which was a bit of a killer at the final km!) was the signposting/marshalling ran out and it was a bit tricky to know what the precise final route was as by that point you were back in the main part of Windsor with tourists milling about and children playing on the grass. So a bit more delineation in the final point would have topped it. All in all a really enjoyable run and I will definitely consider doing it again.
Pat
Star
2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I enjoyed the run and the course itself (it is effectively my home track). However, my watch is pretty accurate and it said I had completed a half marathon even before I reached Alexandra Gardens. I accept trail runs are a bit awkward to measure but both the start and the finish were in different locations this year. Also everything seemed to be not quite ready either for registration or the run itself.
Anisha
Star
2.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The path was okay but really disappointed by the atmosphere. There was none of it, no music even at the start to get people excited! felt very demotivated from the run. Also very little water stations. Expected more for an event that is £35!!
Mark
Star
2.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Course was fine, organisation was haphazard - e.g. sound system not working for warm up. £5 extra for bag drop seemed OTT. And after-event email referenced post-run guidance for sore muscles with links to pre-run prep articles. All a bit chaotic....
Jonathan
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It is a very nice course, well organised, not to big and generally, very pleasant. I'd certainly run again in 2020.
Sarah
Star
3.3
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The trail was very pretty although a little narrow in parts. It was a really enjoyable morning. I could really hear the race starters and I thought it was a little lacking in atmosphere and momentum but overall the organisation was good.
Naomi
Star
5.0
Did the 10k in 2019
Excellent course and great organisation.
Lucy
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
it was great - such a good local event great atmosphere, would have been nice to have a t shirt perhaps at the end
Michael
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great day out well organised lovely scenic route! See you next year!.................. .. .........
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Had the best time and really enjoyed the Windsor half marathon! The let’s do it team we’re amazing! Would highly recommend!
Alex
Star
3.3
Did the 10k in 2019
The event was well organised and briefed, although I would question the bag drop-off fee given the cost of the event. We have not received the results of our run, which is always nice to get on the same day as the event. The course is level and not too challenging, ut there is not that much of it actually going along the river, and the name of the event does suggest otherwise. Some of the marshals were great and very encouraging but I would like to encourage the younger Marshalls to join in with this spirit too as the runners really get spurred on by such encouragement rather than just being pointed in the right direction (with a glum face). The atmosphere at the end was great.
Rachel
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
Please please check this course for 10k route this year. 2018 it was 7.1 miles and this at the time being my second ever 10k run I found really disheartening.
Gavin
Star
1.3
Did the 10k in 2018
The course was uninspiring (perhaps the best route was reserved for the 1/2) and poorly planned with the entire 10k field being slowed to a walking pace when trying to squeeze on to the tow path at the start and once or twice later on. Despite the walking and two boring laps of a field, chasing a 10k PB was still on until my GPS watch showed I had hit 10k and was still on the opposite side of the river to the finish. Would not waste money running this 11.6k event again.
Charlene
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
I was very disappointed to find out it was a 5km course run twice. This was not mentioned before booking. There were not any km markers and the race was actually almost 12km not 10km.
Francesca
Star
3.3
Did the 10k in 2018
I wish i had known that the course was going to be 1.6k longer than expected! Pretty disappointed that the route was incorrectly measured and not marked along the way and that this was not acknowledged afterwards to those that had taken part.
Craig
Star
2.3
Did the race in 2018
There was no distance markers around the course, bag drop off was 5, no event parking, this was 35 event and ive been on cheaper events with better facilities, atmosphere and organisation.
Philippa
Star
3.3
Did the 10k in 2018
I was sent conflicting information pre-race about start times and registration. Emailed to query this and no response.
Davinder
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
It was a bit boring to start with there was no music or warm up
Did the race in 2015
Hi,The race was very well organised and had friendly volunteers, the day was very hot and unfortunately I did not finish as I collapsed at mile 11, three ladies stopped, waited with me until I was well enough to walk to the next drinks station where a very helpful volunteer took me to the start. I would like to sincerely thank the ladies as they gave their time (and water) graciously.Kathy Sellick
James
Star
2.0
Did the 10k in 2018
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graham
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2018
When picking up race number at the event I just gave the people my race number which was given the day before by text message which then they handed over that race number but at no point did they ask for ID or my name as I could have been anybody.
shaw
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2018
Race was good, just need to have bottled water not in plastic cups.
Khem
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2018
Great crowd and atmosphere.
Andy
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2018
OK but the course was not as fun as I expected
Isabella
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2018
I loved it all the way, the information was just right and all made sense for me to get to the starting line in time. The course map gave me a good idea of the route and made perfect sense, but maybe that is because I know the area well. My only suggestion would be to give the guy at the starting line a megaphone, poor man had to shout to get to everyone - pretty hard job if you ask me!
Gustavo
Star
3.3
Did the 10k in 2018
The race was fun, but organization was poor, the worst race I experienced in that sense... a few examples: the 10k course actually was 11.5km... it's the first time I saw such a huge disconnect on the distance. On Saturday registration was supposed to open 11am but we had to wait for almost 20 minutes until someone showed up... very frustrating experience. And finally on race day the race manager was shouting at people to get them organized and let the waves go, no microphone or horn to announce the start... it looked very amateur-ish.
Philip
Star
1.7
Did the 10k in 2018
The course was 11.4 km - not 10 km. How on earth can you be over 10% wrong with your measurements!
Rachel
Star
1.7
Did the race in 2018
I felt that there wer no where near enough Marshalls on this race. There must have been at least 4 people who needed help and there was no Marshall to be seen. Notification leading up to the even was extremely short notice including the period to collect bib numbers. Would not book through this company again
Magdalena
Star
4.0
Did the 10k in 2018
When and where the photos will be updated after the race.
Andre
Star
4.3
Did the 10k in 2018
That was 11.5K!!! But great atmosphere!
Francesco
Star
1.3
Did the 10k in 2018
I am very disappointed because the race was 12 km instead 10. Secondly, I started an half hour before the others due tue a mail the race organization sent me the day before remembering me the time start (8.30). For this reason I think that my result (numbers race 1287) did not report.There was not miles advised on the road map so I wrong the footpath.However my gps reports 49'59'' for more 12 km.Probably it is my fault because I am a new ENGLAND membership coming fro Itally when I have ran for many years.Take careFrancesco
Margaret
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2018
I think it was beautiful course don't change it.
Helen
Star
4.0
Did the 10k in 2018
The start tins of the race was a little confusing it was first advertised as 8:30 but actually the half marathon started at 8:30 in waves and the 10K didnt start until 9. The start to the course and various bits in between were very narrow forcing you to walk or jog only as fast as the person in front of you. There were only two water stations throughout the course on a very hot day leaving quite a few people worse for wear by the end of it. Also the course was 11.5km not 10
Helen
Star
2.3
Did the 10k in 2018
The race set off in one wave at the voice of a man shouting go! Very narrow paths at the beginning, resulting in having to walk on and off for the first Km. The course was incorrectly marked which added confusion and an extra 1.5-2km. No distance markers. Only 2 water stations. Very disappointing. Would not recommend.
Matthew
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
Overall I enjoyed this event, however I do feel that it was poorly organised.The timings in the communications I received were very unclear. Start time was stated as 8:30, however this did not differentiate between the 10k runners and the half-marathon. In addition to this, my friend recieved and email with an agenda but I did not. It turned out that the half-marathon had a staggered start from 08:30 and the 10k started at 9.Because the 10k didnt have a phased start, there was more than one bottleneck at the start of the race, meaning our times are pretty much pointless. The course was also more like 11km and there were only 2 water stations on a very hot morning - could have done with at least another.In addition to the above, there where no instructions on how to retrieve your results. I had to use google to find the location and the search buttons didnt work within the table, meaning I had to manually scroll through to find my time and position.Overall the atmosphere was good, it was a nice scenic route - just a shame that it could have been organised better.
Elinor
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2018
Loved this run. Friendly marshalls and scenic quiet run. It was very warm, but there were sufficient water stops. Looking forward to next year!
Minoda
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
Course is around 1.5km longer than 10k! Only 2 water stations for the summer heat. The course is lovely in a great setting, though the lapping portion is a bit boring, it narrows twice in the first around 600m, to walking pace.
Niall
Star
3.3
Did the 10k in 2018
-Not much guidance when each race /wave was starting-Course was actually 11.5km-First 2km was very slow because too many people started the race at once
Anwen
Star
3.0
Did the 10k in 2018
Unfortunately, it wasnt a 10k race it was 12k. (Both my apps said it was a 7.2 mile course). Was hoping for a personal best and wasto complete in just over an hour. But because of the extra mile, it didnt turn out like that. Very disappointed and hoping they dont publish the results as a 10k because it simply wasnt a 10k. Badly organised at the start, but the route more than (luckily) made up for it!
Mark
Star
3.0
Did the 10k in 2018
I was left disappointed from this event. First up the course itself was at least 7 miles, not 6.2 as a 10k should be. This meant that I had deliberately paced myself for 6.2 and therefore had nothing left. Also, Ive heard that a lot of people had to walk for the first KM due to congestion, there should be waves for the 10k also.
Julie
Star
3.3
Did the race in 2018
Take your own water as they ran out, unbelievably, making it extremely difficult on a hot day. No mile markers so take your own device.Also, no goody bags!
Karl
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2018
Don't forget sunblock! Note that the first half of the race is in the shade and the second half is in the open, so be prepared for the heat once you get out from under the trees.
Harry
Star
4.0
Did the 10k in 2018
It wasn't actually 10km it was 11.25km. It would of been nicer if it hadn't been a lapped route.
Andy
Star
2.7
Did the 10k in 2018
To be honest i should of checked the routeI didn't see much of the route It seemed like it was just geared up for the half marathonIt should of started in waves as there were to many people trying to get through narrow gaps and pathsI had to walk alot at the startThere was also lots of angry people walking on the course wEven more annoying it measured 7.16 miles on my watch (one mile to much)i was absolutely shattered
Michael
Star
2.3
Did the 10k in 2018
The 10 k was 11 and bit k!
3.4
54 reviews
Logistics and schedule

07:30 Enquiries open

08:30 Marathon Start

09:00 Half Marathon Start

10:00 10k Start

14:00 Course Closes

Participants will be set off individually at approximately 15 second intervals to ensure sufficient distance between runners. Your 15-30 minute start wave will be communicated to you before the event.

Spectators

Spectators are strongly discouraged from attending this event.

How to get there

Alexandra Gardens, Windsor SL4 1QX, UK

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Parking

Please note that there is no official car park for this event however there are several public car parks nearby. Please aim to arrive in plenty of time, as there will likely be congestion coming into the town.

There are a number carparks in close vicinity to the event, including the River Street Car Park, Castle Gardens Car Park, and others.

By Train

Windsor has two train stations with are served by regular trains from London:

  • London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside
  • London Paddington to Windsor Central
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Can I run with a pram or dog?
No, unfortunately neither of these are permitted on the race site.
FAQ
How old do I need to be to participate in this race?
There is a minimum participant age of 18 to enter the marathon, 17 for the half marathon, and 15 for the 10k.
FAQ
Where can I find my results?
The results will be posted on F3 events website directly after the race. You will also receive a results email which will be sent to your email address after the event.
FAQ
Will there be changing rooms or showers at the event?
No, no changing or shower facilities will be available. Please arrive ready to run.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones to run?
Headphones and earphones are prohibited at this event.
FAQ
Will there be somewhere I can leave my bag?
No, there will be no bag drop. Please arrive ready to run!
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Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021
£35.00
10k
10:00am Sun 3rd Oct 2021
£25.00
Marathon
8:30am Sun 3rd Oct 2021
£40.00

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