14,000 Runners In Reading Half

17 March 2019, 09:16 | Updated: 17 March 2019, 10:07


Crowds cheering on the runners for this morning's Sage Reading Half Marathon. Road Closures in place.

More than 14,000 participants will be taking part on the day with runners ranging from elite athletes to enthusiastic amateurs.
More than 13,000 people are expected to run in the 13.1 mile half-marathon course which finishes in front of a huge crowd inside Madejski Stadium. 
A further 1,500 will be taking part in the shorter Green Park Challenge.
Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to line the route to cheer on the participants who will be raising thousands of pounds for charities as they run.
As always there will be a number of road closures around the route of the half marathon throughout the day and these can be viewed at:  www.reading.gov.uk/halfmarathon.
Participants in the main race are due to gather at Green Park for a 10.15am start when they will then embark on a route around Reading which takes in the University campus before they make their way into the town centre. The runners will then travel westwards before heading south to the finishing line via the A33 Relief Road.
A full route map can be found at http://www.readinghalfmarathon.com/ under the ‘Race Info’ heading.
A series of rolling road closures and diversions will be in place at a variety of times between 7am and 4pm on 17th March. A full list of roads affected and approximate timings of rolling closures can be found at: www.reading.gov.uk/halfmarathon.
Roads will be re-opened as soon as runners have passed through and it is safe to do so.
Residents and visitors are being asked to plan ahead and allow extra time for any journeys they intend to make on the day.
Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, said:
“Sage Reading Half Marathon is recognised as being one of the key annual events for runners nationally and brings huge numbers of visitors into the town.
“However, it is also very popular among enthusiastic amateurs locally who help raise thousands of pounds for good causes as they pound the streets of Reading.
There is always a great atmosphere helped by the crowds of people who line the route to cheer on the participants.
“As always, there will be a number of road closures throughout the day and I would encourage residents and visitors to check their journey plans ahead of Sunday 17th March.”
Judith Manson, Race Director said:
“With less than three weeks to go until we return to Reading, things are hotting up! The race village is going to be a hive of activity and post-race cheer. We have an incredible race list of new and returning runners, and it’s growing by the day.