Once again, the Mizuno Reading half marathon provided Britain’s best athletes with the opportunity to record impressive times, as Scott Overall and Susan Partridge lead home a field of 14,261 running enthusiasts.
Organised by specialist nationwide running retailer, Sweatshop, the first event of the Runbritain Grand Prix series took in the sights of Reading city centre and passed through the University campus before culminating in the grand Madjeski Stadium, where 15,000 spectators were on hand to offer their support.
Incorporating the English Championships and the trial race for the IAAF World half marathon Championships in Copenhagen at the end of the month, the race took place on a flat, fast course in cool, mainly dry and windy conditions.
As thousands of recreational runners took to the streets to chase their personal best finishing times, masses of fundraisers confronted the physical challenge head-on to do their best for their chosen charity.
The Green Park Challenge began the day’s proceedings with 1,816 runners of varying ages and abilities contesting the 2.8km course, and the Hilton Corporate Relay Challenge saw 50 teams tackle the main half marathon distance.
For more information on the event, visitwww.readinghalfmarathon.com