Apparently it's always ended in the Madejski, but they've altered other portions of the route to make it less flat. There used to be a Bois de Bolougne style sparsely supported dragged out last couple of miles. You'd run toward the stadium get near the front and have to do another 3 mile loop before you get to go in. Must have been soul destroying!
I've signed up to Reading as my spring mara prep too. I've not done it before but I've heard good things about it and I'm a sucker for a big event! Flatter course than last year, Madejski stadium finish.
Bristol Half for me this weekend. Shooting for a sub 1h40 and a 10ish minute PB. Hopefully my stool will behave until the finish!