Reading Half Marathon

Unleashed performance Reading Half Marathon – 2 April 2023 across Reading

Starting and finishing at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, the race is famous for superb crowd support, a great atmosphere and an unbeatable finish.

Why not come out along the route and show your support for the thousands of runners who will be taking part.

As always there will be some road closures around the route of the half marathon. These will be in effect from 7am on Sunday 2 April, and all roads are expected to be re-opened by 3pm.

The following roads can be closed at any point between 7am and 3pm, but as a guideline the closures will go on at the times stated below and will be removed as soon as it is safe to do so. Diversion routes will be in effect, but please allow extra time for your journey.

  • A33 (southbound) 9.45am – 11.30am entire Bennet Rd gyratory system
  • Bennet Road 9.50am – 3.00pm entire length
  • Basingstoke Road 9.50am – 11.25am between Imperial Way & Callington Road
  • Island Road 9.30am – 2.35pm entire length
  • Hartland Road 9.30am – 11.40am entire length
  • Whitley Wood Road 9.30am – 12.00pm between Hartland Road & Shinfield Road
  • Shinfield Road 9.30am – 12.30pm between Whitley Wood Road & Christchurch Road
  • Pepper Lane 9.30am – 12.30pm entire length
  • Christchurch Road 9.30am – 12.30pm entire length
  • Kendrick Road 9.30am – 1.00pm entire length
  • London Road 9.45am – 12.40pm between Sidmouth Street & Crown Street
  • London Street 9.00am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Mill Lane (north & southbound) 7.00am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Duke Street 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Thorn Lane 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Yield Hall Place 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Minster Street 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • Gun Street 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • King Street 9.30am – 12.40pm entire length
  • King’s Road 9.30am – 12.40pm between Abbey Street and King Street
  • Abbey Square 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Abbey Street 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Abbots Walk 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • The Forbury 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Butter Market 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • High Street 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Market Place 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Blagrave Street 9.30am – 12.45pm between Forbury Road and Friar Street
  • Valpy Street 9.30am – 12.45pm entire length
  • Friar Street 9.00am – 12.50pm between Blagrave Street and West Street
  • Station Road 9.30am – 12.50pm entire length
  • West Street 9.00am – 12.50pm entire length
  • Oxford Road 9.30am – 1.05pm between West Street and Bedford Road (restricted access from 9am)
  • Russell Street 9.30am – 1.00pm entire length
  • Tilehurst Road 9.30am – 1.15pm between Russell Street and Liebenrood Road
  • Liebenrood Road 9.30am – 2.00pm entire length
  • Bath Road 9.00am – 1.50pm between Circuit Lane and Coley Avenue
  • Castle Hill 9.00am – 1.50pm entire length
  • Coley Avenue 9.30am – 1.40pm between Bath Road and Berkeley Avenue
  • Berkeley Avenue 9.30am – 1.55pm between Rose Kiln Lane and Shaw Road
  • Rose Kiln Lane (northbound) 9.30am – 1.55pm between Berkeley Avenue and junction with A33
  • A33 (northbound) 9.30am – 3.00pm between Bennet Road and IDR
  • Lindisfarne Way 9.45am – 11.30am westbound – no access to A33
  • Longwater Avenue 7.00am – 3.00pm entire length
  • Brook Drive 7.00am – 3.00pm entire length
  • Northern Way 6.00am – 4.00pm entire length
  • Hoops Way 7.00am – 4.00pm entire length
  • Shooters Way 7.00am – 4.00pm entire length

Main arterial routes in the town centre will remain open:

North: A4074 Woodcote Rd to A4155 to IDR and A4155 Henley Rd to IDR. East: J10 – A329 Wokingham Rd – London Rd – Sidmouth St – Queen’s Rd – IDR. West: J12 – Bath Rd – Honey End Lane – Tilehurst Rd – Water Rd & Grovelands Rd – Oxford Rd – Chatham St –IDR.

Access from the south will be restricted as runners get underway. Visitors travelling into Reading on the M4 are advised to use junctions 10 and 12 until 2pm to avoid delays.

Access to hospitals:

Royal Berkshire Hospital: Access from London Road ; Berkshire Independent Hospital : access from Bath Rd/Berkeley Avenue; Dunedin Hospital: access from IDR – Castle Hill – Bath Rd access lane (allow for delay). Circle Hospital: access via Basingstoke Rd and Manor Farm Road.

All town centre car parks will open as normal, apart from Oracle Riverside, which will open at 12.40pm – use Oracle Holy Brook.

The Smallmead Recycling Centre will open at 3pm.

Contact 0118 937 2771 for more information.

Last updated on 03/03/2023