Half Marathon
Sun 14 Jul 2024 Windsor, Berkshire, UK Entries closed

Mighty Hikes | Thames Path | Half Marathon

Take on a challenge and join Macmillan at the Thames Path Mighty Hike - where you'll hike from Windsor Racecourse along the most iconic river in England to support people living with cancer.

  • Sun 14 Jul 2024
  • Entries closed
Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor

Half Marathon



Age 14 & over

  • 12.8 miles hiking + 73 m ascent


The Macmillan series of one-day hikes will take you to some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the UK. Bring your family and friends together and have a fantastic day out while raising money for people living with cancer.

Challenge yourself in a spectacular coastal setting and enjoy a wonderful atmosphere whilst raising vital funds to support Macmillan Cancer Support.

This event is part of Mighty Hikes | Thames Path.

Event video

  • Event village
  • Fancy dress
  • Spectators
  • Teams


It's easy to create a team! 

Follow the steps to become a Team Captain when you register. Make sure you have a list of names and email addresses of your fellow team members. Once you have signed up, an email invite will be sent to your team members with a bespoke link for them to fill out their own registration form and join your team.

As Team Captain you will have the option to pay their registration fee, otherwise your team members can pay when they get their invite.

Every time a member of the team completes their registration, you’ll be sent a confirmation email. That way you can monitor who has or has not joined your team.

  • Bag transfer
  • Free parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets

Event HQ

Royal Windsor Racecourse
Maidenhead Road

Free parking

There's free parking for all hikers at the start line at Windsor Racecourse, Sl4 5JJ which can be booked when you register.

Free shuttle bus

There will be a free shuttle bus from the finish lines back to the start line after the event.

The journey from the full marathon finish line is 25 minutes and the shuttles will run from 16:00 to 22:00.

The journey from the half marathon finish line is 20 minutes and the shuttles will run from 12:00 to 17:00.

Please note that shuttle buses depart on a fill-and-go basis so listen out for updates on the day from the helpful Mighty Marshals.

Kit list

You will need to be prepared for all weather and bring all the essentials needed for the hike. A full kit list is available.


Your family and friends can meet you at the finish event village to cheer you across the finish line. However, they will not be able to accompany or meet you at any of the pit stops.


Unfortunately, no dogs can take part in a Mighty Hike with the exception of assistance dogs. This includes at any of the start and finish venues. 

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

The half marathon option takes in glorious riverside walking, through wooded trails and spectacular riverside paths.

Route highlights

  • Start your hike from the famous Royal Windsor Racecourse
  • Pass the huge expanse of water of Eton's Dorney Lake
  • Marvel at the tree-studded islands and pretty marinas, as you press north
  • Arrive at the finish set in the beautiful surroundings of Cookham Moor
Point to point from Windsor Racecourse to Meadow Marsh.

  • Bring your own cup
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Single use plastics

  • There are refill stations where you can fill your reusable bottle to avoid handing out bottled water
  • Compostable cutlery, plates and cups are used across the start, lunch and pitstops
  • The event day bib is fully recyclable


  • A specialist company collects and sorts the rubbish post-event to ensure as much is recycled as possible
  • All Mighty Marshals and other staff are briefed to pick up any rubbish they see along the route on the day
  • There are plenty of bins at each pit stop for participants to use


  • The power at Mighty Hikes is provided by hybrid generators
  • Energy-efficient LED bulbs are used to light the marquees

  • Medal
  • Post-race meal
  • Technical t-shirt


  • Free Macmillan walking top
  • A clearly marked route
  • Pit stops with snacks and drinks
  • Medical assistance
  • Free food at the finish
  • Finishers medal
  • Baggage transfer from start point to the finish
  • Complimentary coach shuttles between venues
  • Celebratory bubbly at the finish

Useful resources

  • Mighty Hikes Sponsorship Form
  • Mighty Hikes Training Zone
  • Mighty Hikes Training Plan
  • Mighty Hikes Merchandise
  • Mighty Hikes Kit List
  • A-Z of fundraising ideas
  • Downloadable 'Sponsor a Mile' poster
  • Cotswold Outdoors 15% discount

Not Included

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to/from the event
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, clothing etc)
  • Travel insurance

  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support


There is a £250 fundraising pledge per hiker.


There is a £250 fundraising pledge per hiker however a team may have a joint fundraising target and joint fundraising page. This means the overall goal is shared.

eg. a team of 4 will have a target of £1000. 


Fundraising towards your £250 pledge is part of the challenge and the team is full of ideas to help you get there. Small steps can take you a long way and every pound you raise will help support more people living with cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

Macmillan will move mountains to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can. If you’re diagnosed, your worries are shared.

And they don’t stop there. They're going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, helping to bring forward the day when everyone gets life-transforming support from day one.

But without your help they can’t support everyone who needs them.

  • Age 14 & over
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Thank you, Macmillan, for how well you organised this event. This was my first time and won’t be my last one, still can’t believe I did 26 miles. Saira, hiker of the Thames Path, 2023

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Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor > Remenham Farm, Henley-on-Thames




Age 14 & over

  • 26.1 miles hiking + 117 m ascent