Our home for the weekend is Mapledurham House just outside Reading at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. Our spectacular routes use the riverside trails on both sides of the river Thames crossing at Caversham, Pangbourne & Wallingford.
We first organised RunReading in September 2020 as a Covid-19 Safe event, the feedback has been so good that we decided to make it an annual event and add a Marathon and Ultra Run to the schedule. We have left our Covid-19 planning in place to enable us to go ahead with the required safety measures if necessary but we are hopeful it will not be needed (please read the participant code of conduct above). Other aspects of the events remain the same so please read the following guidance to make sure you fully understand the format of each event.
Start times are staggered, this is to reduce the density of runners on the route. Start times may vary a little depending on the final entry levels but as a guide they will be –
Run Reading Goring Gap Trail Ultra 50K 8.00am – 8. 50am. There are no cut off times and participants are welcome to walk, jog or run. This event is specifically aimed at runners new to ultra events but open to everyone. No navigation skills are required, the route is way marked, marshalled at key points and there will be support roughly every six miles.
RunReading Goring Gap Marathon 9.00am – 09.50am. There are no cut off times and participants are welcome to walk, jog or run. No navigation skills are required, the route is way marked, marshalled at key points and there will be support roughly every six miles.
RunReading Half Marathon 10.00am – 11.00am. There are no cut off times and participants are welcome to walk, jog or run. No navigation skills are required, the route is way marked, marshalled at key points and there will be a water top up station at 6.5 miles.
If you would like to start with a friend or friends or a training partner pop us an e-mail and we will arrange that for you.
The route is predominately public footpath, but also quiet lanes and village roads. Staggering the start allows us to use a route that would not normally be suitable for mass participation events. We expect a density of around 2/3 runners per 100m. It is important to note that the route is not closed to other people, there will be walkers, joggers, cyclists and, as there are quiet “no through lanes” on the route there could be the odd vehicle. There are a few road junctions to cross and there are several gates to pass through. We have no road closures; you are responsible for ensuring it is safe to cross and you must stop and check at road crossings.
Where you are running by a road this always means you should use the pavement or track by the side of the road, there are two or three roads with no pavement so please be aware there could be vehicles accessing properties in these roads. Please read our event guide (due Jan 2021) carefully and study our interactive route maps (links at the top of this page).
The venue is Mapledurham House, Mapledurham, Reading. RG4 7TR. It is a rural venue not served by public transport so car or bike are the only real options. Camping is available on Saturday night for any ultra or marathon runners to help with the early start.
If you have any questions relating to the event format or just general questions about the event or our Covid-19 planning you can call us on M- 07551 006099 (office hours please) or use the e-mail button at the bottom of this page.
We will have Strava segments lists here for each event soon, some of the current Strava route segment leaders are from RunReading 2020. Links to the Strava Route maps will be here too.
RunReading GPX files will be available shortly.
RunReading & Goring Gap Run are organised by Rare Air Events with support from Racesolutions Limited. © Racesolutions Limited & Rare Air Events 2020 & 2021