Group of runners at Run to Read 2013

2016 Run to Read FAQ

Day of Event Schedule:

11:30am-1:15pm Registration & Packet Pick-up/Check-In
12:30pm ABC 1K Run
2:00pm Run to Read 5K
11:30am-3:00pm Lunch and Book Sale
3:30pm Prize-giving

Route Map
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Pre-Run Info
Day-of Info

Pre-Run Info

What’s the Run to Read all about?

The Run to Read 5K is a charity out-and-back 5K run or walk along Queen Anne’s Ride in beautiful Windsor Great Park. It’s fun for the whole family—and kids can register on the day for a separate 1K ABC Kids Run. Registration is £15 for the 5K or just £5 for the kids’ run. All finishers will receive a medal.

Am I running to support a great cause?

Yes! Proceeds from the Run to Read benefit Dyslexia Action Egham Centre and the Brigidine School Library and their efforts to help our local children learn to read. Dyslexia Action is a national charity that takes action to change lives of those affected by dyslexia in the UK. Their vision is a world where barriers to learning and employment and fulfilment are removed for those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

We have a JustGiving site for our event, and we welcome your online donations in support of our cause. Please ask your friends and family to pledge to support you for participating in our 5K and help us make a difference. We also work to keep our administration costs low to ensure your registration fees contribute to our fundraising.

Do you want to donate instead of participating? Feel free! —we welcome this extra support and are grateful for anything you can give.

How do I register for this fun run?

To reserve your place, register online today. When you register, please include your email address: We’ll send you a useful packet of information including 5K training tips, details on the course and parking.

The Park has an upper limit on the number of runners we can accept, so register early for a guaranteed place. If our spaces aren’t full we will accept day-of registration –but the registration fees will go up to £20, so register now for the best deal.

What else should I know about the day?

We want to make this a fun day to remember for everyone attending as well as raise money for some great causes. Food, drinks and t-shirts will be on sale at Brigidine School before and after the run, and we’ll have a silent auction with some great prizes. All funds raised will go toward our great cause. While it’s a charity event and will not be chip timed, all finishers will receive a medal and we’ll offer first place book prizes for runners in a variety of age groups to encourage more reading!

Day-of Info

How do I get to the event?

Registration for the run is held at Brigidine School Windsor, Queensmead, Kings Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2AX. However, we want to make sure we have plenty of safe space on the school grounds for our kids to run the ABC 1K, so there is very limited parking at Brigidine School. Instead, there are a number of options. Free parking is available in Windsor Great Park off the A332 Sheet Street Road, less than one mile from the school and race check-in. Alternatively, Brigidine School is a short walk from Windsor town centre, which has a number of paid car parks. Please factor in time to get to registration no later than 1:15.

Where do I pick up my run number?

There is no need to collect your race packet ahead of the Run to Read, just check-in for our run at Brigidine School Windsor main hall from 11:30am-1:15pm on 17 April. You’ll get your race number there. We encourage you to check-in early, which will leave you plenty of time to watch the children run the ABC 1K Run at 12:30pm or have some lunch before heading to the start line for 1:45pm. Please note that the start line is a 10 minute walk from Brigidine School and we'll gather as a group and walk together to the starting line. Signs will be posted and people will be on hand as well to help you find your way.

Where is the start line?

The Run to Read is an out-and-back 5K along Queen Anne’s Ride in Windsor Great Park. The start line (and finish line) is located near Queen Anne’s Gate, across Sheet Street Road (the A332) from the Cavalry Exercise Ground. Signs will be posted from the school and people will be on hand to help you.

Where are the toilets?

Toilet facilities are available within Brigidine School, near registration and our bag drop. Please note there are no toilets along the route itself.

Should I aim for my PB (personal best)?

Sure, but be aware of a few things: The Run to Read is a fun 5K run/walk and it won’t be chip timed. We’ll be doing stopwatch timing and giving first place book prizes to winners in different age groups, but this is a family-friendly charity run and we welcome walkers of all ages too. If you want to ensure accurate timing, we encourage you to bring your own timing device.

You should also prepare for the possibility of mud underfoot—Queen Anne’s Ride is a beautiful grassy route and weather conditions vary during April.

What first aid support and water is available?

Water stations will be set up on our 5K route at 2.5K and at the finish line. Our water stations will be equipped with basic first aid kits. Although we sincerely hope you won’t need it, medical services will also be provided by two qualified first aiders from a first aid tent erected alongside the course at 1.5K and 4K, with a bed for recovery if needed. A 4wd vehicle will be available to take first aiders to any injured person and if necessary to bring that person back to base.

How do I register my child(ren) for the ABC 1K run?

Registration for the ABC 1K Run is on the day, so bring your children dressed to run and sign them up on 17 April, between 11:30am-12:30pm for the race start at 12:30pm.  Registration fees are £5 per child, and all finishers receive a medal. Book prizes will be given to first place winners in two age groups.

Can I register for the 5K on the day of the event?

Windsor Great Park has an upper limit on the number of runners we can accept, so we encourage you register in advance to guarantee you get your place in the 5K run. If our spaces aren’t full we will accept day-of registration from 11:30-1pm on the day of the event –but the registration fees will go up to £20, so register now for the best deal.

Will you have a bag drop?

Please come changed and ready to run but yes, there will be a bag drop in the Brigidine School main hall, near registration, for coats or other items. Please leave valuables at home or with family and friends, as we cannot accept liability for lost items. We’ll give you a baggage tag – please write your race number on this tag so we can find your bag easily after the race.


Should I plan to stick around after the run?

Join us before or after the run for lunch (soup and sandwiches for sale in the Brigidine cafeteria) or to participate in our silent auction. We’ll also be holding a ceremony for our winners in the main hall at 3:30pm and will announce our auction winners at that time.

Prize giving

We are giving book prizes to the first-place winners in the following categories:

Windsor Great Park Info

Windsor Great Park stretches south from Windsor Castle for about 5 miles (8km), almost as far as Chobham Common in Surrey. Covering almost 4,800 acres of wooded parkland and landscaped gardens, the Park’s general design and landscaping is largely the work of George III's uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who was given the rangership of Windsor Great Park in recognition of his victory over the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

Queen Anne’s Ride, dating from 1708, is a grassy grand avenue featuring a single row of trees on each side. It runs south-west toward Ascot. Near the turnaround point for the Run to Read stands a millstone, which was unveiled to commemorate the planting of the first of 1,000 trees here, marking 1,000 years of the office of High Sheriff of Windsor Great Park. The trees were planted by the Duke of Edinburgh, Ranger of Windsor Great Park, on 23 November 1992. The millstone was carved at Stanage Edge in Derbyshire.

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