Elite Runners

The Sage Reading Half Marathon welcomes elite runners and can provide a range of packages and incentives to help you produce a fast time. These can include, free elite entry, time bonus payments, prize money and pace runners.

Click here for a full list of all 2018 prizes


Runners with the following performances in the past 12 months should contact elite@sweatshop.co.uk for further details & bespoke package opportunities:


Andy Vernon 2017 winner, Andy Vernon, returns to defend his title in preparation for the Commonwealth Games


We had an absolutely cracking elite race on Sunday 19th March 2017, 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.

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