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.
Johnny2323 wrote (see)
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
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