The Reading Half Marathon has one of the largest elite fields, thanks to its warm welcome, fast course, full range of packages and incentives, and of course one of the biggest individual prize pot's in UK road racing with a guaranteed prize fund of £30,000! Click here for a full list of all prizes.

Andy Vernon 2017 Vitality Reading Half Marathon Male Winner: Andy Vernon


We had an absolutely cracking elite race on Sunday 19th March, many of the athletes used Reading for their build up to the London Marathon where they are looking to qualify and get selected for the World athletic championships.

In the men’s race, Andy Vernon dominated the race crossing the line in a time of 1:03:08, followed by Chris Thompson in 1:03:39 and Dewi Griffiths, who crossed the line in a time of 1:03:54 to take third place.

In the women’s race, Charlotte Purdue raced clear of the field to take top spot, completing the course in 1:12:15. She was followed by Gemma Steel, with a race time of 1:13:17 and Katrina Wootton, who took home third place crossing the line in 1:14:18.

Charlotte Purdue 2017 Vitality Reading Half Marathon Female Winner: Charlotte Purdue


We had 30 men who ran sub 70mins and 14 women ran sub 80mins, which is really impressive and shows the quality of the field. U23 female Philippa Bowden and U23 males Petros Surafel and Peter Huck had fantastic debut runs over the half marathon distance.

Last year’s female champion and U23 Jenny Nesbitt finished a very credible 4th overall female and first U23, after having surgery last June and running coming off only 4 weeks training! A fantastic result to achieve the qualifying time required to be considered for selection for the World University Games which will be held in China in August. We wish her the best of luck if she gets selected.

See the full list of 2017 male and female elite athletes below:

Dewi Griffiths
Andy Vernon
Chris Thompson
Ben Connor
Jonny Hay
Paul Martelletti
Kojo Kyereme
Paul Pollock
Phil Wicks
Stephen Scullion
Kevin Seaward
Liam Brady
Kevin Dooney
Peter Huck
Matt Sharp
James Watson
Nigel Rackham
David Rigby
Mike Wilesmith
Matt Rees
Rob McTaggart
Alexander Bampton
Mark Couldwell
Marc Hobbs
Luc Jolly
James Douglas
Josh Davis
James Mcmullan
Karl Welborn
Russell Bentley
Blake Vivian
Steven Way
Tom Bailey
Christopher Greenwood
Gavin Lewis
Gary O'Brien
Alistair Smith
Angus Maclean
Oliver Mott
Paul Molyneux
Tom Aldred
Belal Ahmed 
Dean Lacy
Hussein Ahmed
Jarlath McKenna
Jonathon Roberts
Matthew Harvey
John Franklin
Matthew Bennett
Mark Christie
Eyob Alemu Woldegeiorgis
Alex Pilcher
Phil Burden
Andrew Lawrence
Steven Bayton
Stuart Hawkes
Matthew Collins
Martin Williams
Paul Graham
Ian Harris
Joseph Clark
David Morgan
Paul Thompson
Alex Teuten
Joseph Townsend
Mengistu Tabor Nebis
Dawit Abera Weyecha
Baharu Haile Chala
Gizaw Abebe Alemu
George Gurney
Toby Spencer
Xavier Gruot
Neil Phillips
Mark Worringham
Michael Hiscott
Mo'ath Alkhawaldeh
Wondwosen Tegegn Belay
Ryan Burling
Richard Horton
Shadrack Kipkemboi Kebenei
Ben Cole
James Bolton
Jack Parslow
Alex Milne
Ian Kimpton
Charlotte Purdue
Gemma Steel
Aly Dixon
Jenny Nesbitt
Katrina Wootton
Hannah Walker
Lauren Deadman
Rebecca Hilland
Maria McCambridge
Susan Walker
Anna Boniface
Samantha Amend
Alice Hector
Philippa Bowden
Sophie Carter
Claire Grima
Rebekah Gardiner
Charlotte Firth
Lara Bromilow
Katie Bingle
Carla Molinaro
Clara Evans
Bryony Proctor
Tigist Habte Gebrsesilase
Rachel Gifford
Eleanor Davis
Heather Sellars
Joanne Harvey
Sarah Hill
Cathy McCourt
Sophie Crumly

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