New date announced for Reading Half
Reading Half Marathon – originally scheduled for this Sunday (5 April) – is one of the largest events in the South of England to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 15,000 runners were expected to cross the spectacular finish line inside Madejski Stadium.
Goldline Events assumed responsibility for Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge in 2018 and were immediately faced with the first ever cancellation of the event due to the infamous 'Beast from the East' weather bomb that covered large swathes of the country in snow and ice, accompanied by gale force winds.
Thankfully, last year's event passed off without a hitch and there was a top quality field with two Olympians to the fore in the 13.1 mile race. Scott Overall (Blackheath Harriers, 1:03:50) and Steph Twell (Aldershot, 1:11:37) were the Olympic pedigree athletes at the front of a 12,000 field after a weather enforced absence of one year.
Now the Coronavirus pandemic has forced the postponement of the 2020 race and the new date has been announced: Sunday, 1 November 2020. Judith Manson, race director has issued the following statement, confirming that existing entries will be automatically transferred:
“We have been working tirelessly with our partners and key stakeholders to confirm the new date and want to thank all involved for their continued support, positivity and solidarity. All runners who have entered the 2020 race will automatically be transferred to the new date but we ask that everyone monitors the official race channels for regular event updates”.
Entries for Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge are open for new participants from Monday 6 April at the official website here. Looking forward to the postponed event, Judith Manson added this positive message:
“There is no community quite like the running community. One of passion, dedication, camaraderie and positivity. We cannot wait to all come together on race weekend in November - not only to celebrate the nation’s strength to overcome what is one of the most anxious, challenging and unsettling times we’ve faced, but the incredible effort of our runners to continue their training and fundraising for their chosen charity through the Covid-19 crisis.”
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