The Reading Half Marathon is set to make its return in November.
With the 2020 event cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year will see a welcomed comeback for what is a hugely popular race among runners and fans.
The race has a reputation for attracting elite runners – in 2019, former Olympian Scott Overall claimed victory in the men’s race for the second time, while European Championship 5000m and Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medalist Stephanie Twell was triumphant in the women’s.
The 13.1 mile course will see participants set off from Green Park beside the Madjeski Stadium, loop round the University campus and up to Reading Station, before returning past Coley Recreation Ground to the finish line back at the football ground.
Purdue expertise on offer
The race organiser has teamed up with Great Britain’s marathon and half marathon champion Charlotte Purdue, who is also a former winner at Reading.
Purdue and her team of coaches will offer a series of 10-week training programmes prior to the race, with three groups on offer tailored to different participants’ target times.
When is Reading Half Marathon?
The event takes place on Sunday 7 November, 2021, with the race getting underway at 10:15am. Entries will close approximately one month prior to the race, or earlier if the field is full.