Reading Half Marathon

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Reading Half Marathon
Date March/April
Location Reading, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Half marathon
Established 1983
Official site www.readinghalfmarathon.com
Finish of the half marathon in 2010 at the Madejski Stadium
The half marathon climbing Russell Street in West Reading in 2004
In 2005, Julius Kimutai chases down Malack Olemengera and a wheelchair athlete.
In 2007, the marathon passes down Liebenrood Road.

The Reading Half Marathon is a half marathon road running event held on the streets of the English town of Reading. The race is normally held on a Sunday in March or early April of each year. It was first run on 13 March 1983, and has been run every year since except for 2001, when it was cancelled as a result of concerns over that year's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.[1]

The race is open to everyone from fun runner to elite athlete, and was one of the first town races to include wheelchair athletes. The 2014 race was held on 2 March, and had 16,500 places available. [2]

The race is currently sponsored by the Mizuno Corporation, a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company.[2]

Course[edit]

The Reading Half Marathon has had several courses over its life. The inaugural race in 1983 and several subsequent races used University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus for both the start and finish. Other early courses involved use of the Rivermead Sports Centre, on the banks of the River Thames, as start and/or finish, but recent races have used Green Park Business Park and the adjacent Madejski Stadium, both to the south of Reading, for these purposes.[1][3]

The current course starts in Green Park Business Park. The route initially proceeds eastwards through Whitley Wood to the Whiteknights Campus, where the 4-mile (6.4 km) marker is passed, before heading north. The route then passes close to the ruins of Reading Abbey, before traversing the town centre between miles 6 and 7. Leaving the town centre by Oxford Road and a steep climb up Russell Street, the course then loops around West Reading until mile 10. The course then heads back south to Green Park, which it circuits before finishing in the Madejski Stadium.[2][3]

The 1984 course appears to have been short of the full half marathon distance. In 1992 the course was shortened by approximately 700 metres due to a bomb-scare.[1]

Records[edit]

The current male course record is 61 minutes 19 seconds, by Patrick Makau in 2008. The female record is 69 mins 35 seconds, set by Liz Yelling in 2008. The male wheelchair record is 45 minutes 59 seconds, set by David Weir in 2006, while the female wheelchair record is 66 minutes 37 seconds, set by Shelly Woods in 2004.[4][5][6]

Dates and Winners[edit]

Year Date Men's Race Women's Race Men's Wheelchair Women's Wheelchair Source
2014 2 March Scott Overall

(1:04:44)

Susan Partridge

(1:12:18)

[7][8]
2013 17 March Andrew Lesuuda

(1:04:15)

Emily Biwott

(1:12:14)

Phil Hogg

(0:59:15)

Jade Jones

(1:09:11)

[9][10][11]
2012 1 April Edwin Kipyego

(1:03:08)

Alice Mogire

(1:11:01)

Stephen Lightbown

(1:08:59)

Kate Rowe

(3:15:35)

[2][12][13]
2011 20 March Simon Kasimili

(1:03:08)

Edith Chelimo

(1:11:22)

David Weir

(0:48:18)

No starters [14][15][16]
2010 21 March Edwin Kipyego

(1:03:03)

Susan Partridge

(1:12:47)

[17]
2009 29 March Kiplimo Kimutai

(1:02:46)

Joyce Kirui

(1:12:49)

Brian Alldis

(0:54:37)

No starters [18]
2008 2 March Patrick Makau

(1:01:19)

Liz Yelling

(1:09:35)

Tushar Patel

(0:54:18)

No starters [6]
2007 25 March Simon Kasimili

(1:03:36)

Louise Damen

(1:10:47)

David Weir

(0:46:06)

No starters [5]
2006 9 April Simon Kasimili

(1:04:51)

Cathy Mutwa

(1:12:10)

David Weir

(0:45:59)

[4][19]
2005 6 March Julius Kimutai

(1:01:51)

Cathy Mutwa

(1:13:09)

[20][21]
2004 7 March Julius Kimutai

(1:01:38)

Galina Ignatieva

(1:14:27)

Tushar Patel

(0:54:36)

Shelly Woods

(1:06:37)

[4][20][22][23]
2003 9 March Carl Warren

(1:06:33)

Catherine Mutua

(1:16:42)

[1]
2002 10 March Michael Rotich

(1:03:23)

Andrea Green

(1:16:36)

Tushar Patel

(0:59:22)

Paula Craig

(1:35:03)

[24]
2001 Not run due to restrictions imposed during the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease [25]
2000 12 March Sammy Bitok

(1:02:56)

Birhane Dagney

(1:14:23)

No starters Carol Hutchins [26]
1999 14 March Sammy Nyangincha

(1:04:18)

Lyubov Denisova

(1:15:18)

[1]
1998 15 March James Karanja Kuria

(1:03:59)

Maria Bradley

(1:16:08)

[1]
1997 16 March Spencer Duval

(1:04:50)

Lucia Subano

(1:15:44)

[1]
1996 31 March Gary Staines

(1:03:31)

Carolyn Horne

(1:19:08)

[1]
1995 30 April Baha Tulumba

(1:04:49)

Kathryn Bailey

(1:15:31)

[1]
1994 10 April Andrew Leach

(1:06:46)

Tanya Maria Ball

(1:24:40)

[1]
1993 28 March Paul Evans

(1:01:38)

Alison Fletcher

(1:16:49)

Ian Thompson

(0:59:23)

Tanni Grey [1][23]
1992 26 April Steve Brace

(1:02:20)

Scholasica Ndigingi

(1:11:36)

[1]
1991 7 April Steve Brace

(1:04:28)

Celia Duncan

(1:18:59 )

[1]
1990 1 April Steve Brace & Nick Trainer

(1:03:32)

Angie Pain

(1:12:21)

[1]
1989 2 April Paul Cuskin

(1:04:11)

Marina Sammy

(1:13:43)

[1]
1988 10 April Paul Cuskin

(1:03:16)

Karen Macleod

(1:14:09)

[1]
1987 5 April Kevin Forster

(1:02:07)

Paula Fudge

(1:12:45)

[1]
1986 6 April Paul Davies-Hale

(1:02:39)

Ann Ford

(1:12:09)

[1]
1985 24 March Kingston Mills

(1:03:55)

Véronique Marot

(1:12:56)

Mike Bishop

(1:16:31)

[1][27]
1984 25 March Michael Hurd

(1:04:39)

Karen Holdsworth

(1:13:56)

[1]
1983 13 March Mark Cursons

(1:07:45)

Sarah Rowell

(1:16:00)

[1][28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Mizuno Reading Half Marathon – Race Info". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
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  5. ^ a b "2007 Results". Asics Reading Half Marathon. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Search 2008 Results". Asics Reading Half Marathon. Retrieved 9 July 2008. 
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  9. ^ "Kenyans dominate Reading Half Marathon 2013". BBC. 17 March 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Reading Half Marathon 2011". Reading Half Marathon. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Search 2009 Results". Reading Half Marathon. Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Reading Half Marathon 2006 Results". Asics Reading Half Marathon (via Internet Archive). Archived from the original on 13 June 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "Julius Kimtai". Running Team Simba. Retrieved 13 October 2008. [dead link]
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  22. ^ "Half marathon sees troubled start". BBC News website (BBC). 7 April 2004. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  23. ^ a b "28-year of the Reading Half Marathon". Reading Post. Surrey & Berkshire Media Ltd. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  24. ^ Reading Evening Post, 2002-03-13, pages 23–42
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