Race organiser, Sweatshop, has unveiled an extra incentive for runners in the 2017 Vitality Reading Half Marathon on Sunday, 19 March. The striking new medal design features a leaping lion centre-piece that represents the famous Maiwand Lion war memorial in Forbury Gardens, Reading Town Centre.
The 2016 Reading men’s podium was occupied by Robert Mbithi (1:03:57), Scott Overall (1:05:13) and Chris Thompson (1:05:14) and the leading women were Jenny Nesbitt (1:12:54), Lenah Jerotich (1:15:19) and Rebecca Hilland (1:16:20). They led home almost 11,000 finishers in 4:42:02 and every one was cheered across the finish line in the magnificent Madejski Stadium, home of Reading FC. This year 12,000 are expected to be welcomed with the lion-themed bling on pink Vitality ribbon.
The medal was officially revealed to a group of runners at the second Vitality Reading Half Marathon training run organised by the Sweatshop store, located on Friar Street, where 37 members were taking part in their second training run in preparation for the race.
Judith Manson, race director, comments: “It was great to hear such positive feedback from runners at the training run about the new medal, who seemed particularly impressed with the leaping lion centre-piece. It’s definitely one which will stand out on any medal shelf.”
The 2017 route will lead runners from Green Park, through the town centre in Reading where runners will experience huge crowd support and the beautiful grounds of the University campus.
For more event information and to sign up visit the official race website