Reading Half Marathon

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Reading Half Marathon
Reading Half Marathon 2010.jpg
Finish of the half marathon in 2010 at the Madejski Stadium
DateMarch/April
Location Reading, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established1983(38 years ago) (1983)
Official site www.readinghalfmarathon.com

The Reading Half Marathon (currently known as the Sage Reading Half Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a half marathon road running event held on the streets of the English town of Reading, first held in 1983. The race is normally held on a Sunday in March or early April of each year. The race is open to everyone from fun runner to elite athlete, and was one of the first town races to include wheelchair athletes. [1] [2]

Contents

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race was cancelled in 2020, and the 2021 race will now be held on Sunday 7 November. [3]

History

The race was first run on 13 March 1983, and has been run every year since, with the exceptions of 2001, 2018, and 2020. From 2003 to 2018 the race was organised by Sweatshop, the chain of running equipment shops founded by Chris Brasher in 1971. From 2019 the race was organised by Goldline Events, who also organise the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon Events and goGIRL (Brighton & Hove). Since 2018, the race has been sponsored by Sage, the publishers of accountancy software. Previously headline sponsors have included Digital, Asics, Mizuno and Vitality. [1] [4] [5]

The 2019 race was held on Sunday 17 March, with more than 14,000 runners taking part. The 2020 edition of the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with all entries automatically transferred to 2021 and all registrants given the option of transferring their entry to another runner or to 2022. [6] [7] [8] [lower-alpha 1]

Course

The half marathon climbing Russell Street in West Reading in 2004 Reading Half Marathon in 2004.jpg
The half marathon climbing Russell Street in West Reading in 2004

The Reading Half Marathon has had several courses over its life. The inaugural race in 1983, and several subsequent races, used University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus for both the start and finish. Other early courses involved use of the South Reading Leisure Centre and the Rivermead Sports Centre, on the banks of the River Thames, as start and/or finish, but recent races have used Green Park Business Park and the adjacent Madejski Stadium, both to the south of Reading, for these purposes. [1] [13]

The 1984 course appears to have been short of the full half marathon distance. In 1992 the course was shortened by approximately 700 metres due to a bomb-scare. [1]

The current course starts in Green Park Business Park, which it loops before proceeding eastwards through Whitley Wood to the Whiteknights Campus, which lies between the 4-mile (6.4 km) and 5-mile (8.0 km) markers. The route then heads north, passing close to the ruins of Reading Abbey and through the Abbey Gateway, before traversing the town centre between the 6-mile (9.7 km) and 8-mile (13 km) markers. Leaving the town centre by Oxford Road and a steep climb up Russell Street, the course then loops around West Reading until the 11-mile (18 km) marker. The course then heads back south to the Madejski Stadium, where it finishes within the stadium. [14]

Records

In 2005, Julius Kimutai chases down Malack Olemengera and a wheelchair athlete. Reading Half Marathon in 2005.jpg
In 2005, Julius Kimutai chases down Malack Olemengera and a wheelchair athlete.

The current male course record is 61 minutes 19 seconds, by Patrick Makau in 2008. The female record is 69 mins 35 seconds, set by Liz Yelling in 2008. The male wheelchair record is 45 minutes 59 seconds, set by David Weir in 2006, while the female wheelchair record is 65 minutes 17 seconds, set by Mel Nicholls in 2015. [1] [15] [16] [17] [18]

Winners

In 2007, the marathon passes down Liebenrood Road. Reading half marathon - geograph.org.uk - 986126.jpg
In 2007, the marathon passes down Liebenrood Road.
In 2019, the marathon passes through Reading's Abbey Gateway. Reading Half Marathon 2019-03-17 12.07.21.jpg
In 2019, the marathon passes through Reading's Abbey Gateway.
YearDateMen's raceWomen's raceMen's wheelchairWomen's wheelchairRf.
20217 Novembernot yet run [3]
20205 Aprilpostponed then cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic [6] [11] [12]
201917 March Scott Overall

(1:03:50)

Stephanie Twell

(1:11:37)

Chris Nash No starters [9] [19]
201818 Marchcancelled on the morning of the race due to heavy overnight snowfall [20] [21] [22]
201719 March Andy Vernon

(1:03:08)

Charlotte Purdue

(1:12:15)

[23] [24]
20163 April Robert Mbithi

(1:03:57)

Jenny Nesbitt

(1:12:54)

Gary Donald

(1:22:41)

No starters [25] [26] [27]
201522 March Stephen Kiplagat

(1:03:10)

Lily Partridge

(1:10:32)

No starters Mel Nicholls

(1:05:17)

[14] [15] [28]
20142 March Scott Overall

(1:04:44)

Susan Partridge

(1:12:18)

[29] [30]
201317 March Andrew Lesuuda

(1:04:15)

Emily Biwott

(1:12:14)

Phil Hogg

(0:59:15)

Jade Jones

(1:09:11)

[31] [32] [33]
20121 April Edwin Kipyego

(1:03:08)

Alice Mogire

(1:11:01)

Stephen Lightbown

(1:08:59)

Kate Rowe

(3:15:35)

[2] [34] [35]
201120 March Simon Kasimili

(1:03:08)

Edith Chelimo

(1:11:22)

David Weir

(0:48:18)

No starters [36] [37] [38]
201021 March Edwin Kipyego

(1:03:03)

Susan Partridge

(1:12:47)

[39]
200929 March Kiplimo Kimutai

(1:02:46)

Joyce Kirui

(1:12:49)

Brian Alldis

(0:54:37)

No starters [40]
20082 March Patrick Makau

(1:01:19)

Liz Yelling

(1:09:35)

Tushar Patel

(0:54:18)

No starters [1] [18]
200725 March Simon Kasimili

(1:03:36)

Louise Damen

(1:10:47)

David Weir

(0:46:06)

No starters [17]
20069 April Simon Kasimili

(1:04:51)

Cathy Mutwa

(1:12:10)

David Weir

(0:45:59)

[16] [41]
20056 March Julius Kimutai

(1:01:51)

Cathy Mutwa

(1:13:09)

[42] [43]
20047 March Julius Kimutai

(1:01:38)

Galina Ignatieva

(1:14:27)

Tushar Patel

(0:54:36)

Shelly Woods

(1:06:37)

[4] [16] [42] [44]
20039 March Carl Warren

(1:06:33)

Catherine Mutua

(1:16:42)

[1]
200210 March Michael Kosgei Rotich

(1:03:23)

Andrea Green

(1:16:36)

Tushar Patel

(0:59:22)

Paula Craig

(1:35:03)

[45]
2001cancelled due to 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease [46]
200012 March Sammy Bitok

(1:02:56)

Birhan Dagne

(1:14:23)

No starters Carol Hutchins [47]
199914 March Sammy Nyangincha

(1:04:18)

Lyubov Denisova

(1:15:18)

[1]
199815 March James Kuria

(1:03:59)

Maria Bradley

(1:16:08)

[1]
199716 March Spencer Duval

(1:04:50)

Lucia Subano

(1:15:44)

[1]
199631 March Gary Staines

(1:03:31)

Carolyn Horne

(1:19:08)

[1]
199530 April Baha Tulumba

(1:04:49)

Kathryn Bailey

(1:15:31)

[1]
199410 AprilAndrew Leach

(1:06:46)

Tanya Maria Ball

(1:24:40)

[1]
199328 March Paul Evans

(1:01:38)

Alison Fletcher

(1:16:49)

Ian Thompson

(0:59:23)

Tanni Grey [1] [4]
199226 April Steve Brace

(1:02:20)

Scholasica Ndigingi

(1:11:36)

[1]
19917 April Steve Brace

(1:04:28)

Celia Duncan

(1:18:59 )

[1]
19901 April Steve Brace & Nick Trainer

(1:03:32)

Angie Pain

(1:12:21)

[1]
19892 April Paul Cuskin

(1:04:11)

Marina Sammy

(1:13:43)

[1]
198810 April Paul Cuskin

(1:03:16)

Karen MacLeod

(1:14:09)

[1]
19875 April Kevin Forster

(1:02:07)

Paula Fudge

(1:12:45)

[1]
19866 April Paul Davies-Hale

(1:02:39)

Ann Ford

(1:12:09)

[1]
198524 March Kingston Mills

(1:03:55)

Véronique Marot

(1:12:56)

Mike Bishop

(1:16:31)

[1] [48]
198425 March Michael Hurd

(1:04:39)

Karen Holdsworth

(1:13:56)

[1]
198313 March Mark Cursons

(1:07:45)

Sarah Rowell

(1:16:00)

[1] [49]

Notes

  1. The 2020 race was originally due to be held on Sunday 5 April. However on 15 March it was announced that the race had been postponed due to the pandemic. The race was later scheduled for Sunday 1 November before being cancelled. [9] [10] [11] [12] [6]

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