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.
Green Park Challenge, and Half Marathon
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Sun 7th Nov 2021
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, UK
Start times
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
£45.00 - £47.00
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 Madejski 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
  • Madejski 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 & physio
  • Wide range of entertainment
  • Pacers
  • T-shirt for Green Challenge runners
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Half Marathon Finisher's Medal
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Green Park Challenge Finisher's Medal
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Green Park Challenge Finisher's Medal
How to get there
Madejski Stadium, Junction 11, M4, Reading RG2 0FL, UK
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Shuttle Bus
There will be free shuttle buses between Reading Station and the Madejski Stadium from 07:00-14:30, which is 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 Madejski Stadium.
Car parking is now sold out for the event, entrants are asked to organise their own parking from here on.
By Taxi
There is also a Taxis service between the station and the Stadium, with taxi pick up points at both locations – fixed price £10 between these locations. Please note a Taxis will take you to other destinations from the Stadium, this will be charged on the meter.
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
10:15 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.
Start Waves
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.
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.
Race Packs
Race packs will be available for collection at the Voco Hotel, Madejski 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 September
  • Entries made after early October - posted the last week in October
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.
There will be pacers at the Half Marathon running at 5-minute intervals between 1:20 and 2:30 and 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.
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.
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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?
Yes you can, however to ensure your safety and the safety of other participants you may be required to start at the back, please email [email protected] so they can ensure you are allocated a suitable start zone.
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.
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 2019
Epic! Helped since I did get a PB, but I would definitely do this again! This was my 2nd year doing this half and thoroughly enjoyed it. The support was amazing and organisation was superb! My only suggestion would be to encourage more spectators along the lonely A33!
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great route, although hillier than expected. Great atmosphere and support all the way round. 1 downside had to stand for a little to long in starting pen, which made it difficult to stay warm
Did the Half Marathon in 2010
OK for a first time HM. Course was well laid out, with good regular drink/loo stops. The course does take you through the town, and there are a lot of spectators. Not the prettiest of runs in parts. Supposedly a top pick for those chasing a big PB, and catching it!
Did the Half Marathon in 2015
The course is relatively flat for a HM, lots of runners so it always feels busy. Good PB course and a great finish running into the stadium - I have done it multiple times!
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