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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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Review summary

4 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Andrea E
"OK for a first time HM. Course was well laid out, with good regular drink/loo..."


Chris M
"Epic! Helped since I did get a PB, but I would definitely do this again! This..."


David T
"Great route, although hillier than expected. Great atmosphere and support all..."
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How to enter the Reading Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. Green Park Challenge

    Run 3km
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Reading Half Marathon routes

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.

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics


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.

Kit List


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.


This event couldn't happen without the amazing support from volunteers. There are a number of great roles on offer for Race Makers, including:

  • Volunteer Team Leader
  • Route Marshal
  • Kit Tent team member
  • Finish Line assistant
  • Route Water Station team member

If you are interested in volunteering this amazing event please email your application here: [email protected]

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.
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.
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.
How old do you have to be to run the Reading Half Marathon?
The minimum age for the Half Marathon is 17 years old, and entrants to the Green Park Challenge must be 4 and over with an adult accompanying those under 11.
Can I wear earphones during the Reading Half Marathon?
It is recommended that runners do not wear headphones or earphones both while racing and around the Race Village.

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Reading Half Marathon reviews (4)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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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