Live updates as thousands of runners take to the streets for Reading Half Marathon 2019

What’s On

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Thousands of runners are taking to the streets in Reading for the town’s annual half marathon.

The long run is kicking off at Green Park , and will go in a loop past the University, through the town centre, and around Prospect Park.

The race begins at 10.15am on Sunday, March 17, with runners crossing the finish line at the Madejski Stadium.

Roads around the town will be closed for most of the day while runners make their way around the 13.1 mile course, which is due to be lined with spectators.

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We’ll also bring you details of the winners and some of the inspiring stories of the people who have taken part.

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Reading Half Marathon 2019

 

It is believed hundreds of thousands of pounds will be raised for a plethora of worthy causes as runners take on the gruelling challenge.

Our reporter Hugh Fort will be reporting live from the start/finish line.

Hour by hour weather forecast

Hopefully we saw the last of the torrential rain overnight.

For runners and spectators the weather is looking pretty good. There was a threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon but that’s disappeared from the forecast.

It might feel quite chilly in the wind especially for those cheering on the runners.

For an hour by hour forecast click here.

See the route

The 13.1 mile route will take runners from Green Park, to the university and then on to the town centre.

They will then head down Oxford Road and out towards Prospect Park before heading back to the Madejski Stadium to cross the finish line.

If you’re planning on cheering on the runners or simply want a last minute look at the course, take a look at the route here.

(Image: Get Reading)

Road closures

Drivers are warned there will be a number of road closures around the area.

Roads around the town are likely to be closed for periods between 7am and 4pm for runners to get around safely.

For details of all the closures click here

Good luck

Good morning!

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Good luck to everyone taking part in today’s race.