This flat 10k race route embraces Reading's waterways for much of the distance, offering a wonderful, multi-surfaced course that takes in rural, modern and historical areas of the town and surrounding countryside. A friendly atmosphere for beginners, yet a fast course for those who want to try for a PB!
Superb spectator-friendly start and finish by the river, with refreshments available. In addition to the 10k race, there will be 3k and 1k fun runs covering all age groups, so bring the family!
We’re pleased to confirm that we’re hoping to offer carefully adapted, smaller and simplified events from September onwards.
Following updated guidance from the UK Government and the governing bodies who license our events - UK Athletics and British Triathlon - we’re working on the details to determine which events could safely take place. There’s a quick reference list on what we know so far at the bottom of this page but if you see an event open for entry on our website it means we are planning for that event to take place.
We know how important races and organised runs are to every runner. We understand that for some, the return of events can’t come soon enough. For others, taking part in an event still holds significant concerns.
It’s not going to be quite like it was before. Things will have to be a little different for a while. But the benefits of committing to a goal, running with others and that finish line feeling will be all the greater for the recent challenges we’ve all overcome.
Specific details on each of our events
We’re carefully adapting our event plans – from getting there to going home. We’re thinking through every detail that makes events feel great to work out what the safer alternatives are. Whilst the specific details for individual events are changing, all events will incorporate a range of fundamental changes to ensure a socially-distanced and contact-free event, the details of which are summarised below. Sadly, it is likely that some events will not be possible under these new requirements and in those cases we’ll announce their cancellation and explain why. Each event is different, so where they do go ahead we’ll explain what’s changed and why it’s all in place to keep everyone safe. We’ll also summarise everything you need to know in a final ‘Event Information’ email, sent a few days before your event day. If you have a question before entering, we’re here to help.
What to expect at events that go ahead:
Small and scheduled staggered/rolling wave starts
Contact-free registration with race pack by mail.
Simplified bag drop measures where available
Covid-secure water stations although self-sufficiency is advised Safe pick-up for medals and snacks
Bookable time windows from getting there to going home to control capacity.
Thank you for your support and understanding over these four months. We’ve missed you! That finish line feeling will be worth the wait. #SeeYouOnTheStartLine
Thames Valley Park, Reading, Berkshire RG6 1RA
The venue is easily accessible from the M4 Junction 10, 11 or 12.
Start/Finish is on the meadow in front of the Oracle HQ in Thames Valley Park, Reading - look for the Purple Patch gantry! Use postcode RG6 1RA for your Satnav.
The race car park is at RG6 1RA. We will be parking in the Oracle 550 office car park. Please do not park anywhere else. Once you have parked, you will be directed to the start, which is a five minute walk away
10k: Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female (regardless of age).
1st Male & Female in the following categories:
V40, V50, V60, V70 also receive a prize.
3k: Medals to 1st Girl & Boy 9-10yrs; 11-12 yrs; 13-14yrs
1k: Medals to 1st Girl & Boy Under-7yrs & 7-8yrs
Each finisher (10k/3k/1k) will receive a medal commemorating the event
Race Packs: Race packs should be picked up on the day between 07:30-8:45 from Race HQ. Desks close promptly at 08:45
Late Entries: We will be taking entries on race day between 07:30 - 08:45. Please go to the “Late Entries” desk in the Race Village in plenty of time to register and pick up a number & chip. Late entries have a surcharge of £3. Desks close promptly at 08:45.
Race Number: Secure your race number securely to the FRONT of your running top using four pins. If you have a medical condition that will need consideration, please mark the front of your number with a cross and write details on the back. Race numbers must not be passed on to another runner.
Chip: Your chip will be on the back of your race number – be sure not to tamper with it in any way or your time may not be recorded. Do not worry if your chip number does not match your race number!
Baggage: The baggage drop will be at the Start/Finish area from 08:00. You will be given a baggage tag when you pick up your race pack, which should be attached to your bag before taking it to the drop.
Toilets: There are toilets at the start/finish area and also inside and outside the Wokingham Waterside Centre, adjacent to the start area.
Water: There will be a water station at halfway, at the 5k point. There will also be water at the finish. If you require water prior to the race, please bring a bottle with you.
Prize Presentations: The presentation will take place at approx 10.15am.
T-Shirts: T-shirts are available for purchase during the order process and, subject to availability, at the race for £8 (cash only). Please note that pre-purchased T-shirts must be collected at this race and will not be available for collection at any other events.
Refreshments: Tea/coffee and snacks will be available at the start/finish area
Changing: There are no changing facilities, so please come ready dressed for the race.
The 10k route: The race takes you from the water meadow, around the nature reserve before heading in to Reading and back along the banks of the Thames and Kennet & Avon canal. Please be considerate to other users. Please take care when running on the towpath.
The 3k & 1k Fun Runs: The fun-runs will use part of the 10k route and are all on grass & trails.
Marshals: Marshals will be stationed along the route at strategic points – please comply with instructions given by the marshals. The route will be marked with kilometre markers.
Spectators: There are numerous places along the route where you can watch the runners go by. There is also plenty of safe, traffic-free space alongside the River Thames for children to run around at the start/finish.
10 km - 9am
5 km - 9.05am
1 km - 9.10am
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