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15,000 to descend on Reading

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More than 15,000 runners will be pounding the streets of Reading this Sunday as the Vitality Half Marathon gets underway.

From elite athletes to enthusiastic amateurs, the runners will take on a 13.1 mile course.

Many participants will be running to raise money for charities and hundreds more are expected to line the streets to urge them on.

Participants will gather at Green Park for a 10.15am start before winding their way through Reading – including through the University campus

As always, residents and visitors are being given forward notice of the large number of road closures on the day.

A series of rolling closures and diversions will be in place at a variety of times, with some starting at 7am and finishing at 3pm.

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 times for their journeys if they need to travel anywhere on the day.

“The Reading half marathon is always one of the sporting highlights of the calendar. There is always a great atmosphere amongst the runners and spectators and I hope as many people as possible turn out on the day and cheer on the runners. “The event brings with it a great many benefits to the town but as always we ask local residents to check their journey plans for Sunday 19th March and to allow some extra time to travel.”

– Councillor Paul Gittings, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Sport

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