Reading Half Marathon finisher 2017

Are you Reading ready? It's 100 days to classic half marathon

Race organisers Goldline Events have alerted runABC South to the countdown to 100 days to go before the 2019 Sage Reading Half Marathon unleashes 15,000 runners in the Berkshire riverside town for the 36th edition of one of Britain's biggest and fastest 13.1 mile races.

Today, Friday, 7 December, marks exactly 100 days until Sage Reading Half Marathon returns to the magnificent Madejski Stadium with a bang – and there’s a race bib with your name on it! You could join 15,000 runners, including many first timers, charity fundraisers and all the fancy dress costumes you could imagine on Sunday 17 March 2019.

Judith Manson, race director said: “With 100 days to go until we return to Reading, things are hotting up! Race weekend plans are in full swing, the race village is going to be bigger and better than ever before. We already have an incredible race list of new and returning runners, and it’s growing by the day. Whether it’s your first race or the final few weeks of preparation ahead of London Marathon, we can’t wait to welcome you to the start line in March. We promise you a race day of personal bests, huge finish line high fives and some of the best race bling around!”

With just four weeks of 2018 remaining, 2019 runners are in for a treat! The race entry fee is £36/£38 and includes an impressive goody bag and finisher's T-shirt plus feature race medal, which is due for release very soon.

Situated just 25 minutes out of London Paddington, this easily accessible race is for all standards. At the sharp end of the colourful throng there will be finely tuned athletes cranking out sub-five minute miles; the 2017 Sage Reading Half Marathon was the fastest in UK with more sub-80 minute finishers than any other race. The winners were Aldershot team mates Andy Vernon (1:03:08) and Charlotte Purdue (1:12:15), who set the UK top-ranked time for 2017.

Positioned five weeks prior to London Marathon, Sage Reading Half Marathon is the perfect way to test your legs and perhaps your outfit at marathon pace ahead of the big race in April.

If the half marathon is beyond your current capability or you are simply too young to race there is the increasingly popular Green Park Challenge fun run of just under 3k, with an entry limit of 2,500 open to children aged at least 4 years and adults.

Entry details at the Sage Reading Half Marathon website

Image courtesy Sage Reading Half Marathon

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