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RunReading (formally Goring GapRun) – How does it work?

Think of RunReading as a half marathon but with breaks, you will run roughly 20K and transition stages add another 4K so you will cover around 24K in total. If you usually stick to 10k’s this is great way to up your distance without any pressure to run all the way. It’s very relaxed and brilliant of you like running with friends.

Runners start in waves, the first wave starts at 10.30. We allocate waves on your predicted time so if you would like to start with friends or team mates put a similar time down when you enter. We ask you not to enter an unrealistically fast time, but it’s OK to estimate a slower 5K time to run with others, we ask for your 5K time on entry but you can edit this at a later date.

Think of RunReading as a half marathon but with breaks, you will run roughly 20K and transition stages add another 4K so you will cover around 24K in total. If you usually stick to 10k’s this is great way to up your distance without any pressure to run all the way.

Each runner is allocated a timing device which you swipe at each time point as you start and finish each stage. At the end of the run you swipe your timer against a laptop and we give you your split times. You may choose to run each stage as fast as you can or save yourself and select one or two stages to concentrate on and up your ranking against others on those stages. We publish results showing overall times and each split time so you can compare your ranking for each stage, including Stage 2 – King of the Mountains (KOM) for which we will have age group awards. 

As you reach the end of each stage there is a transition distance to the next stage, you can use this to recover before starting the next stage, time allowed is limited but it’s long enough to wait for friends to catch up and then jog or walk to the next stage start point. This is a challenge that will suit all standards of runner, run for times, run for fun or a great way to run with friends or club mates. 

You can enter on your own or as a pair, pairs run together for the whole race, individuals can run alone or with friends or club mates. At the end of the race we hope you will join us in the riverside race village to celebrate with a drink from the bar or grab a meal from our street food caterer.  

Our venue is Mapledurham House just outside Reading.

We will have Strava segments lists here for each stage soon.