The Swindon Half Marathon will see more than 2,300 runners will pounding the streets of the town this weekend.

Here's all you need to know about the 2019 event, including the route, road closures and car parking.

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The route:

Starting at the County Ground at 9.30am on Sunday, the 13.1-mile race will take runners past some of the town’s icons including the Magic Roundabout, Old Town and the Outlet Village.

The finish line of the race will be located at the big screen on Wharf Green, the different start and finish locations has allowed the organisers to manage traffic better, still allowing residents of the area to continue their normal day with minimal disruption.

Organisers have said that bags of the runners will be taken from the start location to the finish line so that they won’t have to worry about going back to the County Ground to collect belongings.

Swindon Advertiser:

Road closures:

Roads across the route will be closed in the direction of runners, except for Victoria Road, and will be coned in the centre to allow traffic to flow in the opposite direction.

For drivers, the main route in and out of the race loop will be via Rodbourne Road next to the Outlet Centre where runners will use the service bridge which goes over this road.

All roads on the course will be closed off to traffic 45 minutes before the first runner arrives and will reopen soon after the last runner in that section.

Organisers have aimed to minimize disruption as much as possible but due to the dangers of running alongside traffic roads have had to be closed.

Swindon Advertiser:

  • Shrivenham Road crossing of the Magic Roundabout from the County Ground to Queens Drive. All lanes
  • Queens Drive from the Magic Roundabout to Coate Water – Direction lane only
  • Dorcan Way (B4006) from Coate Water to Greenbridge – Left Lane Closure only
  • Greenbridge Roundabout closed from Dorcan Way into Direction of Highworth
  • Stratton road towards Swindon Road Ramp – Closed
  • Bridgend Road – Closed only in the direction of Greenbridge to Cirencester Way
  • Cirencester Way towards Transfer Bridges – Closed on left lane only (Dual Carriageway)
  • Transfer bridges – Closed
  • Great Western Way between the transfer Bridges and Cockelberry Roundabout – Closed on one lane only (Dual Carriageway)
  • Corporation Street Bridge – Closed
  • B4289 Between Corporation Street and Polaris Way – Closed one lane only (Dual Carriageway)
  • Polaris Way running besides North Star College – Closed
  • North Star Avenue – Closed one lane with permissible passing
  • Hawksworth Way from the entrance of the Oasis to Newcombe Drive – Closed one lane only (left lane only when looking in the direction from the Oasis)
  • Newcombe Drive (Hawksworth Industrial Estate) – Closed one lane in the direction towards Great Western Way – Permissible passing at the top to access Skate park and units
  • Great Western Way from Newcombe Drive to Bruce Street bridges – Closed one lane only (Dual Carriageway)
  • Bruce Street bridges – Closed one lane only between great Western Way and Kemble Drive
  • Kemble Drive – Closed one lane only in direction from Bruce Street Bridges towards Outlet Village
  • Penzance Drive towards Outlet West Car Park – Closed in the direction of Outlet West Car Park towards Mannington
  • A3102 (Wootten Bassett Road) – In the direction from Mannington Roundabout towards Town, Road Closed past turning into Penzance Drive – Diversion out past Outlet Village under railway bridge
  • Redpost Drive & outer road running past Whichlestowe towards Pipers Way – Road Closed on left side only when coming from direction of the BMW dealership. Managed Crossings to exit Juno Way and Eyam Road. All traffic can only flow in the direction of Pipers way and Wootten Bassett Road
  • Waitrose Roundabout and Mill Lane – Open
  • Pipers way – Closed left lane only in direction from Croft Road to Pipers Roundabout (Marriott)
  • B4289 from Pipers Roundabout toward Wood Street. Closed Left lane only with permissible crossings from Evelyn Street and Signal Way
  • B4289 Roundabout next to Co Op – Closed
  • Wood Street – Closed
  • Victoria Road – Closed between Bath Road Roundabout and Union Row, after which Victoria Hill will only be closed on the left hand side when facing down the hill. Traffic can still go up Victoria Road to the point of Union Row (between Longs Bar and the Vic) Permissible passing will be made into the Car park for Regent Circus Cinema etc.
  • Commercial Road. Closed
  • Market Street past Tented Market to Wharf green – closed


With the race taking place on Sunday, this means that all car parks within the town centre will be free throughout the day.

All of the car parks are a short walk from the start and finish points of the race with approximately 3,000 spaces available between them.

Swindon Advertiser:

  • Brunel North multi-storey car park (SN1 5AH)
  • Brunel West multi-storey car park (SN1 5AH)
  • Flemming Way multi-storey car park (SN1 2HG)
  • The Parade multi-storey car park (SN1 1RT)
  • Britannia Place car park (SN1 4BS)
  • Cheltenham Street (SN1 2BF)
  • Spring Gardens (SN1 2BF)
  • Granville Street (SN1 1SG)
  • North Star (SN2 1EP)
  • Princes Street (SN1 2SD)
  • Prospect Place (SN1 3LJ)


If you’re looking to watch the race rather than run it then you can pick a spot along the route shown in the map with the best spots being around the town’s icons such as the Outlet Village, Old Town or the town centre.

Swindon Advertiser:

The final stretch of the race will take place in the town centre, offering a variety of cafes along the route for spectators to enjoy.

The first racers expected to approach the finish line will be around 10.35am with the last expected to be at approximately 1.08pm.