Ready for Reading Half Marathon? There are just 50 days to go from Saturday (15 February) to race day on Sunday 5 April 2020 and entries, rather like the athletes on the day, are going fast!
Goldline Events invite you to join 15,000 runners, first-timers, charity fundraisers, fancy dress enthusiasts and Britain’s elite for one of the fastest 13.1 milers in Britain. Ever since local student Mark Curzons (21) ran 1:07:45 to head 5,000 runners in the inaugural event in 1983, Reading Half Marathon has been among the top half dozen most sought after half marathons in the UK.
Last year's winners were both Olympians. Scott Overall (Blackheath Harriers, 1:03:50) used the race to prepare for marathons in Boston (2:17:37) and Berlin (2:14:40) while Steph Twell (Aldershot, 1:11:37) went on to run a breakthrough 2:26:40 in Frankfurt Marathon.
Judith Manson, race director, said: “We know that thousands of you will be using our fabulous race as the perfect taper for the 40th London Marathon. We can’t wait to welcome you to the start line. We promise you a day of incredible spectator and Race Maker support, energy, pumping music, one of the best race medals around and an amazing stadium finish, like no other!”
That unique atmosphere and finish is based on the magnificent Madejski Stadium, home of Reading FC, where thousands of fans will cheer you across the finish line inside the arena.
Reading is just 25 minutes from Paddington by train and there are free shuttle buses for all runners and supporters, so this is a race weekend for the whole family. With a host of charity partners from Cancer Research UK and Sue Ryder to Babies in Buscot, Thrive and Thames Valley Air Ambulance, this is your chance to truly make a difference to Berkshire and beyond.
Reading Half Marathon is a real family affair, with entries also still open for the Green Park Challenge, a fun 3K run for children as young as 4, all the way up to their grandparents. So rally your relatives and run Reading!
The £42/£44 fee for Reading Half Marathon includes race entry; free transport; pace runners every five minute interval from 1:20 to 2:30; finisher’s medal and finish line goodies.
Images courtesy Reading Half Marathon