Throughout 2018, the team at aat-events have combined their passion for running with their love of beer. The result was a fantastic beer run event on 13 October – at which over 1000 free beers were poured by event sponsor Windsor & Eton Brewery.
The British Beer Run series was first delivered in 2017 by our friend Lee from Fullsteam events, and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to deliver the beer run at Windsor’s Alexandra Park with him for 2018.
Turns out that over 500 of you loved the idea of a beer run, so we were delighted to welcome twice as many runners to the start line for the event’s second year. The atmosphere throughout Windsor was in full swing in the lead up to Friday’s Royal Wedding; and of course at the main event on 13 October – for which Storm Callum was thankfully nowhere to be seen.
The event included chip-timed 5km, 10km and Half Marathon trail runs – which followed tow paths along the River Thames and showcased stunning views of The Great Western Railway Viaduct and Windsor Castle. There was also a 1km walk or run option for those who were less about the distance and all about the beer!! Event partner lululemon attended the event and supplied prize vouchers to 1st and 2nd Men and Women across the Half Marathon, 10km and 5km races. James Whetman (01:22:09) and Fay Cripps (01:37:59) won the Half Marathon; Simon Lerigo (35:27) and Rebecca Askins-Gast (42:14) won the 10km, and Brian Gallaher (22:51) and Sarah Alderson (23:12) won the 5km.
All participants received a bottle-opening medal at the finish line so that they could enjoy the refreshing taste of not one, but TWO free pints of “Guardsman Best Bitter” without delay. Windsor & Eton Brewery offered runners the choice of enjoying their beer on site or take away in bottles to enjoy at home. Most opted to make the most of the unseasonably warm (but glorious sunshine) and live DJ in Alexandra Park, and enjoy their beers along with their free post-race burgers supplied by BAM foods.
Mini Athletics offered free activities for young children throughout the day, and delivered a Family Fun Run at the end of the event. The Family Fun run was a 0.7km coned loop around the Event Village within Alexandra Gardens which was enjoyed by 50 participants – who all received a Mini Athletics medal.