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Double win for training partners at Reading half-marathon

Winner Andy Vernon crosses the finish line

Congratulations to the first finishers at the Reading half marathon.

Andy Vernon crossed the finish line first in an unofficial record time of 1:03:08.

Charlotte Purdue

His team mate and training partner from the Aldershot, Farnham and District athletics club, Charlotte Purdue, won the women's race.


Over 15,500 runners in today's Reading Half Marathon

The Reading Half Marathon in 2016 Credit: Race organisers

Thousands of runners will pound the streets of Reading today to take part in the town's 34th Reading Half Marathon.

The event starts at the Green Park area of town and ends at Madejski Stadium. The organisers have made a downloadable map of the route available online.

A number of roads will be closed before, during and after the race.


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On Sunday around fifteen and a half thousand runners will take to the streets for the 34th Reading Half Marathon.

The 13 point one mile race starts at the Green Park business complex, and goes through the town centre with passing spots including the university campus, the main train station, three Hospitals - including the Royal Berkshire - and ending at the Madejski Stadium.

Cary Johnston met some competitors ahead of the race.

Surprise inspection finds GP surgery 'must improve'

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A GP surgery in Reading has been told it has to improve by the Care Quality Commission.

Private firm One Medical Group took over the Circuit Lane surgery in Southcote in September after a number of GP's walked out.

The CQC carried out a surprise inspection in December and found there were not enough experienced staff to ensure patients received the care they needed.

Patients were suffering delays in receiving prescriptions and improvements were not made on time.

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