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.
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