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.
It is recognised as one of the fastest half marathons in the country- and an ideal race for beginners. This weekend a record number - including Sports Correspondent Sarah Gomme - will take to the streets of Reading for the town's annual half marathon.
Up to 16,500 runners are gearing up to take part in the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 17 March 2013. The event starts at the town's Madejski Stadium. The route will be exactly the same as last year's course.
A man has died today after collapsing at the finishing line of the Reading Half Marathon.
The unnamed runner, who's in his late 30s, crossed the line at the Madejski Stadium and was immediately taken to hospita but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.
He was pronounced dead this afternoon, organisers of the race said.
A statement they said: "This is deeply upsetting and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this distressing time."
Edwin Kipyego, from Kenya, has won the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon with an unofficial time of 63.08 minutes. Last year he was runner up and delighted with his victory this time. He beat fellow Kenyan Bernard Chemugo with Paul Martelletti, from New Zealand, in third place.
Almost twenty thousand runners have descended on Reading today for the town's half marathon.
Here is the route and a list of roads closed for the event.
The Reading Half Marathon underway.