One of the UK's top running events just got better. The Windsor Running Festival, featuring the Running4Women Windsor 10K (Saturday 26 September) and Windsor Half Marathon (Sunday 27 September), has confirmed the introduction of race pacers. The big autumn double header will be working with the exciting Xempo Race Pacing team to make sure festival runners get the times they are hoping for.
Race director, Peter Hier, has confirmed pacing times for the Running4Women Windsor 10K will be sub45mins, 55mins, 60mins, 70mins and 80 mins and for Windsor Half Marathon - sub 90 mins, 1.45, 2.00, 2.15 and 2.30hrs. Pacers are supplied by Xempo Race Pacing and will be clearly identifiable in the starting pens on The Long Walk. They will wear flags displaying the target finish time, which will be the same colour as both the gates in the starting pens and the runners’ bib number which correspond to their anticipated finish time as entered on the registration form.
Dan Afshar from Xempo Pace Racing explained: "The most difficult thing to get right in a big race is the pace. Most runners start too quickly then slow down as the race develops. To get the best possible result, you probably want to run at a regular even speed throughout. Xempo Pace Racing is all about hitting target times in big races, and our highly visible team of experienced pacers will run round at an even pace for you to use as a guide as you chase your target time. Whatever your target, whether it's super fast or a bit more modest, our team will help you achieve the best possible result."
Peter Hier said: “We are pleased to welcome Xempo Race Pacing as one our official partners for the Windsor Running Festival. We constantly strive to improve the runners’ experience and we always listen to the feedback we receive. We are looking forward to the pacers helping the runners to achieve that much sought-after PB in the stunning surroundings of Windsor Great Park.”
Registration for the Running4Women Windsor 10K is open and entry costs £16.50 for UKA members and £18.50 for unaffiliated runners, and charity places are also available. Public places for Windsor Half Marathon sold out in May but runners can still enter the iconic race through one of the official charity partners including CLIC Sargent and Cancer Research UK.
For more information and entry details about the Running4Women Windsor 10K go to the race website.
Information about charity places at Windsor Half Marathon can be found at the race website.