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The first ever Reading Half Marathon was organised and run in 1983, when the start and finish venue was Reading University at White Knights Park. There were 5,000 runners and it was won by a 21 year old local University student, Mark Curzons in a time of 67.45.
In 2003 Sweatshop took over the organisation of the Reading Half Marathon. Sweatshop's aim was to make the event all about the runner and ultimately create an experience that is worthy of this prestigious half marathon.
Sweatshop have made numerous changes to the course over the duration of their fifteenth year organisational span which has resulted in a fast and flat route and an amazing finish in the magnificent Madejski Stadium.
The Reading Half Marathon not only takes in the highlights of the centre of Reading where you will experience huge crowd support but also still passes through the beautiful grounds of the University campus. The race culminates in a finish rarely found outside an Olympic stadium with over 15,000 people cheering you into the stadium and over the finish line. So whether you run for fun, run to stay fit, run for a club, or run professionally the Reading Half Marathon has the organisational capability, friendliness and reputation that are all second to none.
Vitality, the insurance business that helps people understand how they can improve their own personal health. Vitality makes it cheaper and easier for its members to get healthy and gives them rewards to keep them motivated, through a range of discounts and incentives.
Vitality believes in the power of sport to help inspire people to live a healthy life, which is why it partners with leading sports figures, teams and events to help share the Vitality message. Vitality Ambassadors, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sebastian Coe and Jonny Wilkinson are role models who embody the values of Vitality. They are all using their passion for living a healthy lifestyle to motivate others to make positive changes. Taking small steps today can dramatically improve wellbeing over the long-term, regardless of your current state of health.
Vitality is also Official Wellness Partner of Arsenal FC, AFC Bournemouth, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, England Rugby, Scottish Rugby, the Welsh Rugby Union and Cricket's UK Test Match Grounds. The business is also title sponsor of the Vitality Run Series and the ITU's Vitality World Triathlon London.
VitalityHealth is one of the UK's leading private medical insurers and has pioneered the 'shared-value' insurance model. This is a unique approach which delivers value for Vitality members through rewards and ultimately better health. Society as a whole also benefits, as the company's profits, which come about as a result of people being healthier and claiming less often, are redirected into the cover in the form of incentives, which in turn encourages more healthy activity. For more information www.vitality.co.uk
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For over 40 years, Sweatshop has been helping runners of all abilities to Be The Best They Can Be bringing them the largest choice of the very best running equipment available on the market backed by advice and information on products, nutrition, training and technique. With university level training on specialist areas including biomechanics, shoe fitting, nutrition and breast health/specialist bra fitting, Sweatshop teams are renowned for their customer service, receiving the accolade for the best running retailer in the annual Runner's World Personal Best Awards for the past eight years consecutively.
For more information visit www.sweatshop.com