The new Green Park Royal Berkshire 10K, which takes place on 18 May 2014, was officially launched this week with an interdepartmental relay race between companies based on the Green Park Business Park and members of the public. Over 150 runners came down to Green Park's 100 Longwater Avenue during their lunch break to take part in a 4 x 1.5 mile course to vie for the title of 'Kings or Queens of the relay'.
There was also the option of entering the individual time trial to seek out the fastest feet (individual man and woman) on the Park. The winning all male team was from AppSense and the title for the mixed team went to Nev's Tours. Mike Grinsted (08:33) and Karen Grinsted (09:44) recorded the fastest individual finish times.
After the relay all runners were treated to a hearty post-race BBQ by the owners of Green Park, Oxford Properties, where many burgers were enjoyed. A fun time was had by all including team HEART FM which saw Matt, Michelle, Lucy and John put in a quality performance before enjoying a well-deserved rest following the hosting of the morning show.
Co-race Director Claire Bond commented: "We had a fantastic afternoon with everyone that joined us for the launch, we are really excited about the main event next May. We are working hard to bring everything together for the inaugural race next spring."
Marketing and Events Manager Nicole Coulson said: "The launch of the Green Park Royal Berkshire 10K was a tremendous success. We are really excited about the main event taking place on the park in May 2014. We are continuing to build a real community for our occupiers within the park, and building the Green Park brand within the wider community. Our events programme forms an important part of life at GP throughout the year."
The brand new Royal Berkshire 10K takes place in Reading next spring, starting and finishing just off the M4 in Green Park. The event features a 10K race which is open to anyone aged 15 and above as well as the Mini Marathon, a flat and fast 3K loop within the Green Park campus aimed at children, families, school teams and runners of all ages looking for a shorter race distance.
The event also features the Corporate Challenge, aimed at company teams who want to sign up and participate together. Awards will be presented to the fastest male, female and mixed teams with the top 4 runners from each team qualifying.
The one lap route is flat, fast and run on fully closed roads with a mix of landscaped parkland and rural tree lined roads. Suitable for runners of all levels, the Royal Berkshire 10K offers beginners an easy introduction into running events whilst providing a fast route for those wanting to set a new personal best.
Bands and entertainment along the route will keep the runners motivated and create a great, inspirational running atmosphere. The organisers have confirmed that there will also be a vibrant all-day race village at the heart of the event in Green Park with entertainment, catering and activities for the whole family as well as the runners and their supporters.
Registration is open with entry fees of £18 (affiliated) and £20 (unaffiliated) which include a technical T-shirt, parking, a medal and a goody bag at the finish. Entry to the Mini Marathon costs £6.50 including a t-shirt and a medal. The Royal Berkshire 10K starts at 10.30am and the Mini Marathon at 9.15am. The Royal Berks Charity and Have a Heart are the official event charities. Go to www.royalberkshire10k.com for further race details