The streets of Reading will be taken over by thousands of runners on Sunday 7 November when the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon returns.
As a result of the pandemic, the annual event has been scheduled for November 2021, compared to its usual date in April.
Participants taking part on the day ranges from elite athletes to enthusiastic amateur runners. Thousands of people are expected to run in the 13.1 mile half-marathon course which finishes in front of a huge crowd inside Select Car Leasing (formally the Madejski) Stadium. A further 1K will be taking part in the shorter Green Park Challenge.
As always there will be a number of road closures around the route of the half marathon throughout the day and these can be viewed our half marathon information page.
The race organisers have worked closely with the Council to agree a full traffic management system, which will be safe for the runners and cause the minimum amount of disruption to residents and other road users.
Participants in the main race are due to gather at Green Park for a 10.00am start when they will then embark on a route around Reading which takes in the University campus before they make their way into the town centre.
The runners will then travel westwards before heading south to the finishing line via the A33 Relief Road. Full route map.
A series of rolling road closures and diversions will be in place at a variety of times between 7am and 4pm. Roads will be re-opened as soon as runners have passed through and it is safe to do so.
Residents and visitors are being asked to plan ahead and allow extra time for any journeys they intend to make on the day.
On race day there will be around 700 people manning the route who play a vital role in making the race happen.
For up to date information and full details of all affected roads please visit our half marathon information page or call the residents’ help line on 0118 937 2771.
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. Smallmead Household Waste Recycling Centre and access to Link Retail Park will open around 2.30pm.