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Reading Half Marathon

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Event summary

Tighten those laces for this springtime half marathon through the streets of Reading. This mostly flat course (although watch for some sneaky inclines) is perfect for chasing those PBs. Come for the finisher's medal and stadium finish.

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What's included:

  • Awesome finisher's medal
  • Baggage tent
  • Entertainment including cheerleaders, stilt-walkers & bands
  • Race Village
  • Massage & Physio services
  • Medical support
  • Toilets
  • Stalls of local businesses
  • Catering
  • Pacers
  • Chip-timed results
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Frequently asked questions
When will I receive my race pack for the Reading Half Marathon?
Race packs will arrive 10 days before race day. If it doesn't arrive you can collect it from the Millennium Hotel at the Madejski Stadium on Friday between 5pm - 8pm or on Saturday between 10am - 4pm. … read more
At what time does the Reading Half Marathon start?
The Half Marathon starts at 10.15am. All runners will receive a colour-coded race number, which will indicate which start zone you should start in. Your start zone is determined by your estimated finish time, so you will be running with runners of a similar pace.… read more
Can you sign up for the Reading Half Marathon on the day?
On the day sign up is not available for the Reading Half Marathon.… read more
Route description
Route description

Starting on Longwater Avenue runners will be taken east towards the University of Reading before heading to the halfway point near to Reading Train Station.

Continuing along closed roads, runners will be taken over undulating roads and out past Prospect Park before heading back towards the epic stadium finish waiting for them.

The last 3 miles might be mentally tough, but thinking of the cheering spectators and photo finish waiting will push runners that last stretch to Madejski Stadium.

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Logistics and schedule


07:00 Race village Opens

08:30 Green Park Challenge Starts

10:15 Half Marathon Starts

14:15 Cut-off Time

Help Desk Hours at the Race Village

Friday - 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Saturday - 10.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday - 7.00am - 3.00pm

Start Zones

All runners will be issued with a colour coded race number relating to your estimated finish times. When you arrive at the start line, you will see the different coloured start zones which match the bib colours. You should start in the allocated colour/time zone that is shown on your race bib.

Please do not worry if it takes a little time to cross the start line, this will not affect your chip time which will start when you pass under the gantry.

Race Packs

Race packs can be either posted to entrants, which will arrive in plenty of time before the event, or you can choose to collect it. Collection of race packs will take place at the Voco Hotel on Friday between 5pm - 8pm or on Saturday between 10am - 4pm.

Cut-Off Time

Runners are required to have completed their race 4 hours after the start time to ensure roads can reopen in good time.


All are welcome to come along and support family and friends in this epic day of racing. Entry to the stadium is completely free and there is plenty to do in the race village.

Please note that there is no official meeting point for spectators to find their runners so please pick a pre-agreed spot with your runners.

How to get there

Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, UK

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Race Village Address: Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading, Berkshire, England, UK, RG2 0FL

It is recommended that you arrive over an hour in advance of your race (an hour and a half for the Half Marathon) to ensure you have plenty of time to park and get ready for your event.

Please note there is a 15 – 20 minute walk from the race village to the start line.


There is no parking at the Madejski Stadium or on the surrounding roads. However there are other parking areas for purchase:

  • Red Car Park - RG2 0QS
  • Yellow Car Park - RG2 9FW
  • Pink Car Park - TBD

By Train

Please check your route with National Rail Enquiries and ensure you leave enough time to get the event site.

By Shuttle Bus

There is a free shuttle bus service between Reading Train Station and the event site between 07:00-14:30, which is free to all.

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