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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.
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.
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:
|Eyob Alemu Woldegeiorgis|
|Mengistu Tabor Nebis|
|Dawit Abera Weyecha|
|Baharu Haile Chala|
|Gizaw Abebe Alemu|
|Wondwosen Tegegn Belay|
|Shadrack Kipkemboi Kebenei|
|Tigist Habte Gebrsesilase|