Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon

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Join thousands of runners, old, young, elite, and beginner in this world-class Half Marathon event in Reading. Enjoy live music and entertainment as you run the closed-roads of Reading.
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Where and when
Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, UK
Start times
Sun, 2 Apr 2023
Half Marathon:
10:15am |
Green Park Challenge:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon
Green Park Challenge
Half Marathon
£40.00 - £75.00
Route information
Runners will be taken around the closed-roads of Reading in this Half Marathon and Green Parks Challenge.
The Green Parks Challenge is a short 3k run starting at Longwater Avenue, and finishing with a photo finish at Select Car Leasing Stadium.
The Half Marathon follows closed tarmac roads, and will be a great, flat route around Reading and will enjoy a tour of the city as they race in this atmospheric event.
For a full road-by-road route of the Half Marathon, see below:
  • Longwater Avenue
  • Brook Drive
  • Bennet Road
  • Basingstoke Road
  • Hartland Road
  • Whitley Wood Road
  • Shinfield Road
  • Pepper Lane
  • University of Reading
  • Christchurch Road
  • Kendrick Road
  • London Road
  • London Street
  • Mill Lane
  • Yield Hall Place
  • Minster Road
  • King Street
  • Kings Road
  • Abbey Street
  • Abbot's Walk
  • The Forbury
  • Valpy Street
  • Blagrave Street
  • Friar Street
  • West Street
  • Oxford Road
  • Russell Street
  • Tilehurst Road
  • Liebenrood Road
  • Bath Road
  • Coley Avenue
  • Berkeley Avenue
  • Rose Kiln Lane
  • A33
  • Northern Way
  • Hoops Way
  • Shooters Way
  • Select Car Leasing Stadium with a stadium finish!
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What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Bag drop
  • Race Village
  • First aid support
  • Refreshments
  • Massage
  • Wide range of entertainment
  • Pacers
  • T-shirt for Green Challenge runners
VIP Entry Includes
  • Half Marathon race entry
  • Free Car Parking (car park TBC)
  • Official VIP Race Performance T-shirt
  • VIP Hospitality Box and VIP Bag Drop
  • Free Race Photograph
  • Post-Race Massage
  • Post-Race refreshments
  • Includes free entry for one child under the age of 6
  • Option to purchase VIP Guest Passes (Babies in arms free, subject to availability, and must be purchased with a VIP entry)
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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Shuttle Bus
There will be shuttle buses between Reading Station and the Select Car Leasing Stadium from 07:00-14:30, which are open to everyone.
By Car
It is asked that people do not use junction 11 on the M4 to gain access to Reading town centre as this will be affected due to road closures.
Please note, there will be no parking at Select Car Leasing Stadium or on the surrounding roads.
There are three official race car parks, one within walking distance of the Race Village and two with a free shuttle bus service. Spaces are limited and will sell out so please book your parking space with your entry.
If you have pre-booked parking, your car park allocation and all directions will be included with your permit. Pre-booked car parks are located at:
  • Red Car Park - A33/ Longwater Avenue, RG2 0QS
  • Yellow Car Park - Wood (Foster Wheeler), Shinfield Park, Shinfield, RG2 9FW (There is a free shuttle bus to and from the Race Village.)
  • Blue Car Park - Mereoak Park & Ride, RG7 1JY, just south of J11 on the M4. (There is a free shuttle bus to and from the Race Village.)
Event day logistics
17:00 - 20:00 Race pack collection opens
10:00 - 16:00 Race pack collection opens
07:00 Race Village & Helpdesk opens
08:30 Green Park Challenge starts
10:00 Wheelchair race starts
10:15 Half Marathon starts
15:00 Helpdesk closes
It is recommended that entrants arrive approximately 45 minutes before their race to ensure plenty of time to get to the start lines.
Half Marathon
All entrants will be issued a colour-coded race number based on the estimated finish time entrants supply when registering for the event. Please start in the wave associated with the colour on your bib.
There is a time limit of 4 hours for the Half Marathon. If you are still running when the organiser needs to re-open the roads you may be asked to move to the path. If you think you will be longer than 4 hours, please get in contact with the organiser via email at info@goldlineevents.co.ukExternalLink where they will be more than happy to discuss how they can assist you to take part.
Green Park Challenge
The Green Park Challenge will have 2 waves, one for participants 11 & over and including the Corporate Challenge Green Park Challenge runners. The second wave will include those U10 and all accompanying adults.
Wheelchair Entrants
Wheelchair entrants will start at 10am, just before the main race.
Race Packs
Race packs will be available for collection at the Voco Hotel, Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading RG2 0FL, both on the Friday and Saturday before the event.
If you have requested your race pack be posted to you, you should receive it by the following dates:
  • Entries made before February - posted at the beginning of March
  • Entries made by the beginning of March - posted in late March
If your race pack does not arrive by these times then please collect a replacement pack from the events Helpdesk, which will be open on Friday evening and Saturday morning at the times listed above.
International runners will need to collect their race pack from the Helpdesk situated in the Race Village. Please bring a copy of your race entry confirmation email as well as a form of ID.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be 17 and older to enter the Half Marathon and 4 and older to enter the Green Park Challenge.
There will be pacers at the Half Marathon running at 5-minute intervals between 1:20 and 2:30 who are a great way to help you stay on target.
Water Stations
Water stations will be positioned at every 3 mile point along the route.
Sweep Times
There will be a sweep vehicle at the rear of the race to support any struggling runners. If the sweep vehicle passes you, you may be asked to retire from the race and the roads might start to open back up. The sweep vehicle will reach the following miles at these times:
  • 1 mile - 11.10
  • 2 miles - 11.25
  • 3 miles - 11.40
  • 4 miles - 11.50
  • 5 miles - 12.10
  • 6 miles - 12.20
  • 7 miles - 12.35
  • 8 miles - 12.55
  • 9 miles - 13.10
  • 10 miles - 13.35
  • 11 miles - 13.45
  • 12 miles - 14.05
  • 13 miles - 14.25
Fancy Dress
Runners are more than welcome to dress up for the event, but it is recommended that you test out your outfit first to make sure it's suitable and comfortable to run in.
You will receive an email shortly after Race Day to confirm your provisional finish time and place. It may take 2-3 days before your time becomes official.
Guaranteed Fundraiser Entry
There is the option to register as a Guaranteed Fundraiser when signing up for the event. People who select this option commit to raise a minimum of £50 for the event's headline charity, Cancer Research UK. Entrants will get £5 off their entry as a thank you.
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Spectator Info
Entry into the stadium is free for spectators so definitely come along and cheer on your family and friends.
There are no official meeting points for family and friends at the event, so spectators and runners are encouraged to find a suitable meeting point pre-race.
Can I enter the Reading Half Marathon on the day?
No, entries on the day will not be taken.
Can I take part in the Reading Half Marathon in a wheelchair?
Wheelchair entrants will start at 10am, just before the main race.
Is there somewhere I can leave my bag while running at the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon?
Yes, there will be baggage tents located in the race village.
Will there be changing facilities at the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon?
No, there will not be dedicated changing facilities or showers at the event.
Can I bring my dog to the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon?
Yes, but please bear in mind that with over 18,000 people the Race Village will be extremely busy. Therefore, for the safety of your dog and other runners it is asked that you keep them on a lead. However, dogs are not allowed in the stadium, except guide dogs.
Can I run in the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon with a buggy?
No, buggies and pushchairs are not permitted during the races.
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Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Great well organised run great atmosphere and great course really enjoyed it
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Excellent as always.
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Really well organised, an excellent and great support - was pleasantly surprised as didn't know what to expect having only just moved back to the UK from the US and not having raced here for over 7 years.
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Very well organised great atmosphere and great course really enjoyed this one
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Very well organised great atmosphere and great route really enjoyed it
Did the Half Marathon in 2022
Well organised great atmosphere and great route really enjoyed it
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Really great experience at the 2021 Reading Half Marathon. PB potential course with tons of support throughout. A good range of concession stands at the race village, and a super goody bag this year too! Definitely coming again next year.
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
First time at Reading Half Marathon this year 2021. Great atmosphere, really well organised and the stadium finish is great for family spectators
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Despite my number not arriving in time a friend was able to collect this for me relatively trouble free as we weren't able to travel to Reading until Sunday AM.Other than this the organisation and the rest of the event was great. No queues for bag drop, plemty of toilets including stadium which helped, easy to get to the start line, route was very well marshalled etc and the stadium finish in amazing!!! Bag collection and post race medal and tshirt also fab! All round brilliant event and would recommend
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
the starting point is quite far away from the baggage area. it is quite cold to walk such a long distance
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