About the Nationwide Building Society New Swindon Half Marathon
At the heart of the south west’s huge running community and with a famously fast course, Swindon is the perfect place for your next half marathon.
Starting and finishing in the Town Centre, the closed-road course is mostly flat with an incredible downhill final mile! The route takes you past some of the town’s attractions – the beautifully restored Grade II listed Museum of the Great Western Railway, the Magic Roundabout, voted 4th scariest junction in Britian (don’t worry it’ll be closed to traffic!), the County Ground, home to Swindon Town FC since 1896, the chic Swindon Designer Outlet and the charming Old Town, the cultural heart of Swindon.
The race won the Bronze award in the 2018 Running Awards Best Half Marathon Category (< 5000 participants) and continues to grow each year. The original Anglo-Saxon settlement of Swindon was built on top of a limestone hill and referred to as Suindune, derived from the Old English words “swine” and “dun” meaning “pig hill”! You’ll love trotting around with runners from Swindon and across the south west, make the most of the town for post-run troughing and a brilliant day out. Swindon Town Centre provides free parking for several thousand cars. The new car parks in Princes Street, or to the rear of Debenhams, are just a 0.4mile walk to the start and a 0.3mile walk from the finish.