MACs, The Fire Fighters Charity, The Royal Berks Charity, Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, Babies in Buscot and Naomi House they will be supported alongside official event charity, Scope.

The Reading Half Marathon has been the largest fundraising half marathon in the South of England and it is hoped the 2015 event on Sunday, March 22, will be a record breaker.

The selection process saw charities present to race organisers on what they would do to maximise fundraising for the event, with seven being successful in their bid.

Sweatshop MD Nick Pearson added: “Local communities are at the heart of the Vitality Reading Half Marathon, last year achieving £1m in funds for local and national charities. Our partnership with Virgin Money Giving not only makes it easier for families and friends to support their loved ones but also means we can demonstrate just how successful in their fundraising our official partner charities have been.”

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