A word to the wise from Sage Reading Half Marathon
Now the dust has settled over the London Marathon ballot it is time to focus on winter training and preparing for next year's challenges. Whether it’s a ‘YOU’RE IN’ magazine hitting your doorstep or a 'SORRY' from the postman, Sage Reading Half Marathon is well placed to be part of your plans for 2019.
Now in the capable hands of Goldline Events, having acquired the event from Brasher Leisure, the 2019 Sage Reading Half Marathon is the perfect pre-London taper race or an excellent way to fill the gap in the spring calendar if your plans have changed.
Positioned just five weeks prior to London, Sage Reading Half Marathon is the ideal way to test your legs and practice that marathon pace ahead of the big 26.2 miler in April. The 2019 half marathon route, taking place Sunday 17 March, promises 13.1 miles of non-stop cheering spectators, pumping music and an awe inspiring finish in Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium – just a few of the highlights of this very special race. Now’s your chance to chase down some of Britain’s best athletes at one of UK’s fastest half marathons.
Judith Manson, race director, said: “We’re famous for our electric atmosphere, the huge local support lining the 13.1-mile route and the unique roar of the finish in the Madejski Stadium. We can’t wait to welcome thousands of runners to the start line in March – be it your first running event or your taper for the London Marathon. We want to be that platform for personal bests and celebrations at the finish line!”
Reading Half Marathon was established in 1983 and celebrated 35 years continuous running in 2017. The 2017 Sage Reading Half Marathon was the fastest in UK with more sub-80 minute finishers than any other half marathon. The winners were top GB internationals Andy Vernon (1:03:08) and Charlotte Purdue (1:12:15).
The race took a break in 2018 but is back on 17 March 2019, with 15,000 runners expected to run. There is also room for a further 2,500 in the Green Park Challenge 3K fun run.
Registration is open now with half marathon entry at £36/£38. Visit the official race website here for all the necessary information.
Image courtesy Sage Reading Half Marathon