A record number of runners have been taking part in Reading's annual Half Marathon despite the awful weather. More than 16,000 competitors took to the streets including 80 professional athletes. Sir John Madejski sounded the hooter to start the event.
Sue Mattia and Gilly Douglas from Winchester taking part in the Reading Half Marathon. It's Gilly's first and she's been incredibly nervous about taking part.
And they're off! Thousands of runners are braving the rain at the start of the Reading Half Marathon.
From Abbey Street the route loops round the old Town Hall and into Friar Street, left into West Street and right onto the Oxford Road as far as Russell Street (second climb) and then right into the Tilehurst Road.
The route follows the Tilehurst Road to Lienbenrood Road and Prospect Park before turning left into Bath Road and heading back towards the town before turning right into Coley Ave and then left into Berkley Ave. Another right into Rose Kiln Lane sees the course onto the A33 dual carriageway.
it then heads for over a mile towards the Madejski Stadium; just before the stadium the route takes the customary right into Green Park but only as far as the first roundabout and then returns back towards the Stadium and the finish.
The race starts in Green Park, 250m from the race site at Madejski Stadium. The route will be exactly the same as in 2012.
Starting at Green Park, A33 to Bennet Road , Basingstoke Road to Hartland Road, Whitley Wood Road to Shinfield Road and follow the old route to the Reading University loop.
Turning right out of the university the route continues along Christchurch Road to Kendrick Road and down into the town centre via London Road, London Street and Mill Lane.
A left turn takes the course over the Kennet and past The Oracle complex, then right into Minster Street and right into Kings Road as far as Abbey Square where it takes left and passes under Abbey Gate to the Forbury Gardens (half way).
A record number of runners are expected in today's Reading Half Marathon. The organisers expect more than 16,000 to take place - all places have been allocated. Full details on the race route on the Mizuno site here.
The route is the biggest in the country after the Great North Run with the finish line at the Madejski Stadium. Motorists are warned that road closures will be in place form 7am this morning.