The course isn't flat'ish. It fits the definition of "Undulating" perfectly.
There are plenty of short little rise and falls, plus quite a long uphill drag for about 3 miles roughly between 6-9 miles as someone has already mentioned in this thread. I live at around the 7 mile mark along the course and regularly train on many of the roads that run takes place on. None of the hills are killers, but it is unlikely to be setting PB's on this course unless this is either your first Half Marathon or all your other Half Marathons have been on really hilly courses (like Marlow).
The Windsor Half has always been the same weekend - last Sunday in September (for as long as I can remember anyway). It was Ascot Racecouse who caused the clash this year.
Re. the old route, not sure what it was like. It changed to the current route at least 5 years ago, so it's not really a 'new' route any more. The runwindsor website needs updating really, they've been banging the same drum for too long now.
If you fancy a proper hilly race, try the Marlow Half on November 1st. It's about 10 mins slower for a 1hr:45 runner. (you go over the Chilterns three times !! Aarrghhh - the pain
The car park is the same each year and the race director makes the same hollow promises each year.
Nothing changes. All they do is bring in another 'Traffic Management" company. I recommend parking near the road, get someone to drop you off (if you live locally) or get the train and walk to the startline.
I parked near the main road (outside of the event car park) and despite a 10 minute walk back to the car, was out on the way home in 2 minutes.
Other than that, great race. Fantastic marshalls, well organised course and just challenging enough. Not sure who they pay for the weather, but Glorious again, fortunately not quite as hot as last year, so I ran a better time this year. The support down the final mile on the Long Walk was astounding - so much so it inspired me to actually do my fastest mile of the whole race from the Copper Horse to the finish line.
Will definately be running again next year (will be my fourth Windsor Half).
In reply to the post from LEYTON CONDOR, I run in Brooks shoes, so cannot use the chip inside my shoe. All I do is get some simple surgical tape from the supermarket and tape it to the front (top) of my ankle. This position is the same place in relation to your body if it was in the sole in NIKE shoes, just on the top of your foot. Distance reading is very accurate. Ran the Marlow Half Marathon and the Nike+ Sportband said I'd done 13.86 miles - so not even 1% out !!!
It's reads really accurately, never falls off and the tape costs about 50p. If you buy one of the 'holders' from Amazon or somewhere else you will simply be throwing money away. The chips always fly out of them, plus they are more exposed to the elements. Once I've got the chip in place with the tape, my ankle socks hold it in place just perfect.
So far (touch wood), my Wristband has worked flawlessly for 6 months. I got it in the US for £20 from a NIKE Store. Maybe the US ones were more reliable ??
Either way, fantastic product, will definately replace if mine ever gives up.