The Mall, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 4JE
- Distance5 miles
Town and Rural
- Water stations
- Traffic free
- Wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age15
- Distance MarkersEvery Mile
- Size of field350
- Entrants last year350
- Event website
- Event AffiliationUK Athletics
- Online entry availableYes
A scenic and super-friendly race attracting runners of all abilities, from newer runners to local elite runners and a strong contingent of club runners too.
* Medal and reflective ink-printed technical t-shirt for all finishers, plus spot prizes
* Online entry £11.50 UKA affiliated/ £13.50 un-affiliated runners click here for full details and to enter
* The quality of the running surfaces and steep steps make this a challenging course for buggies and particularly wheelchairs. For more details click here and contact us for more information.
* Race numbers are collected from Race HQ at Commonweal School on the day.
With views across the valley to the ancient Ridgeway, the race starts on the playing field at Commonweal School, close to Swindon’s Victorian Old Town, and descends along footpaths onto the tree-lined Old Town Railway Path, part of the national cycle network. Cross the red brick bridge over the peaceful canal to a flat section of the route along wide walkways on the town’s outskirts. Here, the route takes you along new roads, around a lake and a short section of canal. The final mile of the route involves a steady climb along tracks and quiet residential streets back up to Old Town.
Organised under UKA rules by the school’s PTA, a mountain of delicious homemade cakes and bacon butties await runners and spectators, along with bananas donated by the local Waitrose. All finishers receive a technical t-shirt and medal, also sponsored by local companies.
Bring the family along, have a quick shower in the school's modern gym and you’ll be finished with time to enjoy a stroll around Town Gardens and the cafes and restaurants in Old Town, or visit Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. Or take a short drive up to the Iron Age hill fort on the Ridgeway at Barbury Castle. Oh, and a visit to Swindon isn’t complete without driving around the town’s iconic Magic Roundabout!
The Commonweal 5 Mile’s sister event is the Lethbridge 10K, a midweek evening race, organised by the neighbouring primary school, which shares a similar route. For more details on that event click here.
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