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 made numerous changes to the course over the duration of their fifteenth year organisational span which has resulted in a fast and flat route and an amazing finish in the magnificent Madejski Stadium. 2018 marks a new chapter in the Reading Half Marathon as new organisers Goldline Events take to the helm. With the aim of making the race even bigger and better we promise to not only continue the great work Sweatshop has done over the past 15 years but to enhance each and every runners experience. The Sage 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 Sage Reading Half Marathon has the organisational capability, friendliness and reputation that are all second to none.
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This is my home town race. After the disappointment of 2018 being cancelled last minute due to the snow, it was nice to get going again. I trained hard for this one and please do say I hit a PB in the time of 1:34:40. As for the event itself, I’m a little biased as it’s ...Read full review
I've done The Reading Half Marathon a few times now. always loved it, whatever the weather. Organisation very good, parking & buses. Crowds amazing non stop from start to finish, including local bands and choirs. also a little tipple if you fancy. Never seen so many jelly babies,...Read full review
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