Commonweal 5 Mile

Sunday 15th May 2022

Sunday 15th May 2022

We are pleased to confirm that the race will go ahead this year on 15th May 2022. Building work means we have had to change the first half of the course, the second half remains the same as previous years. We will post the new route soon.

Thank you to everyone who ran the Commonweal 5 Mile race on 12th May 2019, which raised more than £3,500 for the school’s PTA.

Having sold out in 2017 and 2018, entries almost reached the race limit of 350 in 2019. We were delighted to see Swindon’s elite runners, club runners and recreational runners on the start line. Our aim is to be a friendly race for all abilities and to be as inclusive as our course safely permits – we welcome buggies and guided runners but ask that you check out the route and contact us before entering.

The Commonweal 5 Mile was etablished in 2012 and all money raised from the event supports The Commonweal School.

This scenic course has a sting in its tail…!  Starting (and finishing) on the school playing field, the route descends along paths from Old Town onto the Old Town Railway Path, to a flat middle section along by the Waitrose supermarket and the lakes and canal at Wichelstowe. The final section of the route involves a steady climb back up to Old Town.

You deserve a treat, whether you are running or spectating! The PTA serves refreshments including bacon butties and a drooling selection of homemade cakes.

Toilets, showers and changing facilities are available in the school’s modern gym.

If you are over the age of 15 you can enter the race, but due to the quality of the running surfaces and steep steps along certain stretches of the route, the race is challenging for buggies and wheelchairs. Race numbers are collected from Race HQ at Commonweal School on the day.

“An outstanding race”


“A great atmosphere”


“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”