Just under 20,000 runners have been out in Reading today at the town's annual half-marathon. The event is now in its 31st year with many competitors raising money for charities. Mel Bloor went to see how they got on.
Thousands of runners will take to the streets of Reading this morning for the annual half marathon. The race starts in Green Park, 250m from the race site at Madejski Stadium. The route will be exactly the same as in 2013.
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.
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).
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. Then right into the Tilehurst Road to Lienbenrood Road and Prospect Park before turning left into Bath Road and heading back towards the town.
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. Following the Green Park loop the race makes its way up and into the stadium finishing in front of the stands.
Final preparations are underway for this year's Reading half marathon. Twenty thousand runners will take to the streets of Reading this weekend for the annual race.
The race starts at Green Park and will follow the same route as last year. Most of the competitors will be running for charity.
Sue Ryder, which runs the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, has been named the official charity for next year's half marathon. Other organisations that will benefit include the town's homeless charity Launchpad and PACT which supports vulnerable families.
Our sports correspondent Sarah Gomme has our report on the Reading half marathon.