Congratulations to the more than 10,000 runners who took part in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday afternoon!
Fitness fanatics, fundraisers and seasoned runners alike took to the streets of Reading for Sunday’s 34th Vitality Reading Half Marathon. From club runners hunting a new personal best, to first time charity runners donning fancy dress costumes for their loved ones, the atmosphere was electric from start to its Madejski Stadium finish!
Runners met at stadium in the morning to head to the on-site Race Village, before proceeding to the starting line in nearby Green Park. Royals Co-Chairman Sir John Madejskiwas joined by Iwan Thomas MBE and Mayor Mohammed Ayub to set the 10,000 runners on their way through the streets of Reading.
From there, the course looped through the streets of Reading – through the grounds of the university, past Reading Station and the town centre, and alongside Royal Berkshire Hospital – before heading into the home straight inside the home of the Royals, finishing in front of the dugouts at Madejski Stadium.
Throughout the entirety of the 13.1-mile course, the streets were lined with locals who were giving a boost to the runners – whether that was in the form of offering sweets and drinks for a much-needed hit of energy, or just by offering support and encouragement from the sidelines. And the stands at Madejski Stadium were also filled with supportive spectators, who cheered the runners through the final few yards of their gruelling challenge.
The event organisers expect the race to raise over a million pounds for charity. Congratulations from everyone at Reading Football Club to all the runners that took part, raising fantastic sums of money for much-deserving charities in the process!
In the men’s race, Andy Vernon dominated the race crossing the line in a time of 1:03:08, followed by Chris Thompson in 1:03:39 and Dewi Griffiths, who crossed the line in a time of 1:03:54 to take third place.
In the women’s race, Charlotte Purdue raced clear of the field to take top spot, completing the course in 1:12:15. She was followed by Gemma Steel, with a race time of 1:13:17 and Katrina Wootton, who took home third place crossing the line in 1:14:18.
And the popular 3km Green Park Challenge ahead of the main race provided the option to run together with more than 1,500 children and families taking to the course. Sir John Madejski, who started the race with Mayor Mohammed Ayub, said: “This is a fantastic introduction to running and is so accessible for so many people. We hope to see those runners involved in the Vitality Reading Half in a few years to come!”
Judith Manson, Race Director, said "A huge congratulations to each and every runner that took part in the race this weekend. Every year we are bowled over by the hard work and dedication of the half marathon runners. The town of Reading never fails to host such a fantastic event and this year was no exception. I’d like to thank our partners and Madejski Stadium, and congratulate all the volunteers, supporters and of course the runners themselves for contributing to such an exhilarating day!"