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Reading Half Marathon

Quick facts

Location Reading, United Kingdom

Distance Half marathon

Rescheduled to 01 Nov 2020

Previous date: 05 Apr 2020

About Reading Half Marathon

The Vitality Reading Half Marathon is a half marathon road running event held on the streets of the English town of Reading. The race is normally held on a Sunday in March or early April of each year.

The first ever Reading Half Marathon was organised and run in 1983, when the start and finish venue was Reading University at White Knights Park. There were 5,000 runners and it was won by a 21 year old local University student, Mark Curzons in a time of 67.45.

In 2003 Sweatshop took over the organisation of the Reading Half Marathon. Sweatshop’s aim was to make the event all about the runner and ultimately create an experience that is worthy of this prestigious half marathon.

Sweatshop have made numerous changes to the course over the duration of their nine year organisational span which has resulted in a fast and flat route and an amazing finish in the magnificent Madejski Stadium.

The Reading Half Marathon not only takes in the highlights of the centre of Reading where you will experience huge crowd support but also still passes through the beautiful grounds of the University campus. The race culminates in a finish rarely found outside an Olympic stadium with over 15,000 people cheering you into the stadium and over the finish line. So whether you run for fun, run to stay fit, run for a club, or run professionally the Reading Half Marathon has the organisational capability, friendliness and reputation that are all second to none.

Distances

GreenPark Challenge

  • 2.8km

Reading Half Marathon

  • 21.097km
Start:

Green Park

Reading,gb

Finish:

Madejski Stadium

Reading,gb

Highlights

You loved the new faster flatter course and we are proud to say it is here to stay. Once again for our annual event you will be setting off around the stunning parkland of Green Park and taking you round to the highlights of the town centre of Reading where you will experience huge crowd support whilst also passing through the beautiful grounds of the University campus. The final straight takes you into the magnificent Madejski Stadium where you'll experience a finish like no other. This really is a race for the experienced athlete looking for a new PB through to the complete beginner looking for a friendly safe and fun environment to run in. The new course means that many of you will manage to beat your PB.

Overview

Starting in the stunning parkland of Green Park this year the race will take you through Green Park on a loop before crossing the A33 onto Bennet Road. Experience what Green Park has to offer with fresh legs as you see the park in all its glory. In previous years runners have completed a loop of Green Park in the final stage of the 13.1mile course when they are on their last legs and all eyes are on the finish line! From Bennet Road the route moves onto Basingstoke Road and Hartland Road, where another change in the route occurs. Runners will cross the roundabout, missing Northumberland Avenue and part of Whitley Wood Road, eliminating one of the dreaded inclines so early on in the course. From Whitley Wood Road you go onto Shinfield Road and into the ground of the University of Reading. Turning right out of the University the route continues along Christchurch Road to Kendrick Road and down into the town centre via London Road, London Street and Mill Lane. A left turn takes the course over the Kennet and past The Oracle complex, then right into Minster Street and right into Kings Road as far as Abbey Square where it goes left and passes under Abbey Gate to the Forbury Gardens (half way). From Abbey Street the route loops round the old Town Hall and into Friar Street, left into West Street and right onto the Oxford Road as far as Russell Street and then right into the Tilehurst Road. The route follows the Tilehurst Road to Lienbenrood Road and Prospect Park before turning left into Bath Road and heading back towards the town before turning right into Coley Ave and then left into Berkley Ave. Another right into Rose Kiln Lane sees the course onto the A33 dual carriageway, it then heads for over a mile towards the Madejski Stadium where the finish line is in sight, making your way up to the Stadium to finish in front of a rapturous reception from hundreds of supporters in the stands.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.