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this will be my firs half in reading, done london full in 2011, and what a great experiance, the croud drive you all the the round, so if you havnt dont it... just do it.
This will be my first Reading Half Marathon and only my second half marathon in total. Hoping for under 1:50 but currently not sure if this is realistic. Used to live in Reading and go to the Uni there so should be interesting.
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Love the finish in the stadium, the drummers under the bridge, the pub tempting us with beer and the atmosphere is always great..
I presume youy meant to say serving beer, rather than tempting as I always stop for my freebie from the Turk's Head (other pubs are available)
The beer is ok, but don't be tempted by the pork scratchings! I'm in, again, along with my son, brother in law and nephew. Target was 1:30, but after 6 weeks off I'll probably be revising that! It may be expensive, but I enjoy Reading, A nice, easy, fast route and good atmosphere. The only part that I don't like is the stadium finish! - I don't like the surface or the loud noise.
I'm in, this is my first try of Reading (it won the toss between Reading and Silverstone!).
I did 2 Halves year, in what was my first year of running, North Norfolk (1:49) and Dartford (1:41), so I'm going for at the very least sub 1:40 (as I really want a time registered in mins rather than hour's and mins (eg 99:59).
I'm training much, much more than last year, so would love sub90mins, but think that's almost certainly a bit beyond me.
I'm in - this is one of my favourite events of the year.
My first ever race was a RHM in 1984!!
I'm in too! I am fairly new to running, but having lost a load of weight over the last 18 months I am now hooked on it and its getting me through a plateau as well as toning me up and getting me fit!
I decided to enter the Reading Half because I wanted something big to focus on and aim for. I have done a couple of 5k races and recently discovered ParkRun too which I loved. I am doing Reading as a golden bond place with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as my Mum had Lymphoma cancer twice and is currently in remission again.
I have no idea what time I am aiming for, and may have to walk a little of it, but I am not really bothered as I am just doing it for the personal achievement of running a half and for the charity. I did put my 5k time into the race calculator weeks ago and it gave me a predicted time just under 3 hours!!! But since I did that last 5k I have reduced my walks and increased my running time so I think that a time of somewhere between 2hr30min and 2hr45min will do for me! I am currently following a BUPA half marathon training plan and its going really well. I can feel improvement almost every week and as I keep a running diary now I can look back and see my times improving
Hope to see some of you there... I'll be one of the ones in a bright yellow LLR running vest
Hi BB, what a great story. I wish you the very best of luck with your training.
All, if anyone is on Twitter I'm @MartinKing_ I often tweet about how the training is going.
Great story BB - good luck with the training, espec in this cold weather!
Johnny - I wonder if Kinglsey and BM are running again this year?
Martin, I am following you on twitter now... I am on there as @LeighMorton71 if anyone is interested?
Thanks Johnny & Andy for your support... yep, 7 weeks and counting!! I have heard such good things about the Reading Half and the atmosphere there so I think we will all be on adrenaline highs all day, I know I will
I'm in - it'll be my 4th Reading. I'm doing Wokingham too in about 3 weeks time. I'll be coming in around 2hr 15. The first time I did Reading I was worried about being last with a time like that, but there were literally thousands of people finshing behind me. It's a brilliant race - always good fun and loads of support too. Training's been going OK and have a couple of 10 milers in the bag, plus hopefully Wokingham will stand me in good stead - I always find aI'm a minute or so faster at Reading than in Wokingham so we'll see!
we've run it many times from front of pack and from back
a fab race, but the last 2 miles can be mentally sapping - especialy if one has used that much energy through the excitement of the early and middle miles
You're right there Mick - I've done dozens of half-marathons, but I still get carried away at Reading, and start too fast!
Johnny - yes it is open beforehand. They usually run the fun run (Green Park Challenge) before the main race to you can watch the fun-runners finish their event too.
Following you back on Twitter BB.
Hope everyone's training is going well. An enforced few days rest and a lighter week last week due to snow, but I hope to claw back some miles and put some effort sessions in soon to catch up!
In case it is helpful - for anyone having childcare issues on race day, thought I would mention that Reading Half is now offering a creche service this year. Based in the hotel on site. Think it will be a fab addition to the event. So please spread the word if you know anyone that may benefit. Thanks www.cherryblossom-creche.co.uk
I am pushing Dominic in this one-aiming for sub 1.40 maybe 1.35 weather allowing. Looking forward to it, the first 3 miles up to the university I find tough as pushing a wheelchair to the top of those couple of sharp hills is a little testing but once at the top we can really enjoy our race. Good luck to all running and please say hello on the route-will be wearing a Make A Wish shirt for this one as Dominic had a wish holiday last year.
Sorry but what is this talk of free beer?
I'm in, I did 2 halves last year both off road (Uxbridge-Watford canal one and Letchworth Greenway Challenge) and finished them both in 1hour 49. Initially I was aiming for sub 1hr 40 but my current comparitive lack of fitness means I'm just aiming for a PB.
It's the Nag's Head on the corner of Oxford Road and Russell Street