The 2020 Reading Half Marathon in southern England takes place on Sunday 5th April. Race organiser, Goldline Events, is inviting athletes who have broken race times of 70 minutes (men) or 80 minutes (women) in the last two years to bag a free elite entry.
In 2019 there were 170 runners who finished sub 80 minutes and 403 runners crossing the line in sub 90 minutes.
Judith Manson, Race Director said “It’s looking to be a great line up this year. Past winners, Andy Vernon and Jenny Nesbitt will join us again, along with debut runners, Adam Craig and Laura Gent. Club runners have put in incredible performances in past years; so we look forward to welcoming both club talent and world class athletes to the start line.”
She continued, “Ranked as one of the top prize money events in the UK, at least £13,280 will go to UK and Irish athletes – with further monetary rewards for fast times of up to £41,400. A whopping £54,680 is up for grabs.”
Taking in the highlights of Reading town centre, the course boasts crowd support, musical entertainment and a finish line inside the Madejski Stadium, the home of Reading FC.
Just 20 days prior to the 40th London Marathon, the Reading Half is positioned as an ideal event to taper for the big 26.2 miles ahead. “How better to sprint down the home straight than with a roaring Stadium crowd to some of the best medal bling around,” added Manson.