Reading to host IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Trial


Next year's Reading Half Marathon is set to be a great occasion as the 2014 event will not only kick off the 2014 runbritain Grand Prix but will also act as the official trial race for the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and incorporate the 2014 England Championships.

The Reading Half Marathon has become established as one of the top half marathons in the country and will take place on Sunday 2 March 2014. British Athletics confirmed today (18 October) that it will act as the trials for the World Half Marathon which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 29 March.

For the first time, the World Half Marathon Championships is open to the public, and 25,000 recreational runners will toe the start line alongside the elites.

Last year more than 12,000 people finished the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon and despite the cold and wet weather there were plenty of personal bests set, many of which were posted on our Facebook Page.

Nick Pearson, Managing Director of Sweatshop, who organise the Reading Half Marathon, said: “Being the official trial race for the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships is a real coup for Reading and an event that we are very proud to host. 2014 will see a new prize structure, guaranteeing over £20,000 for British athletes, we see this as an investment into British distance running, ensuring that Reading will attract the best domestic fields and provide top class competition for British distance runners, alongside next year’s status as the official British Athletics trial race we believe it will be the best domestic road race on the calendar.”

Be sure to get your entry for this fast, flat race now. Enter at

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