Thousands of runners from across the UK traveled to Reading today (14/4) to take part in the 42nd annual Reading Half Marathon.

Both the 3 Km Green Park Challenge and the 13.1 mile run started at Green Park and ended at the finish line inside the Madejski Stadium.

The half-marathon brought together runners of all ages and abilities, alongside suporters who turned out in mass throughout Reading to cheer on the participants.

Sir John Madejski and Cllr Tony Page were present to start the race and present the medals to the top three runners in each catagory at the finish line.

Madejski said: "It's gone perfectly. It's a wonderful wonderful day, everyone is full of enthusiasm and running their hearts out. It's not too hot, it's not too cold, the conditions couldn't be better.

"It's such a positive event, people getting really fit and with the cost of living crisis as it is it's so important to get out and about, walking and running, and maybe even preparing for next year.

"Everyone has a smile on their face. It's a great celebration for Reading because these things are about community and for community. Lots of money is also going to be raised for enormously good causes so it's a win win win!!"

Ben Cole was the first runner past the finish line, as participants made their way to the stadium. 

The runner returned to the Reading half marathon this year after competing in the annual event in previous years. He stated that it was"good to be back".

Ben said: "It feels amazing. It's the biggest race I've done by far. I just tried to enjoy every minute of it but I still ran hard and ran my quickest time so I can't ask for more than that. 

"The support around the route was absolutely fantastic. I loved every second and I would do it all again if I could."

Kate Estlea-Morris finished the half marathon in 1 hr 14 mins, putting her in first place in the women's catagory.

She said: "It's all just a blur really, I'm so proud of myself. The route was a little bit hilly but the crowds were honestly insane and they definitely help you keep going to help push you harder.

"This is my first Reading half marathon and I really enjoyed it, I'll definately be back".