FAQs

Race Entry

My Race Pack

Transport & Travel (Including buses and parking)

Race Village

Course

Green Park Challenge

Corporate Challenge

Please note the Corporate Challenge has a new look for 2015 and is no longer a relay. Full details of the Corporate Challenge race will be published soon.


Road Closures



Race Entry

1. How can I enter this event? Entries will be opening soon.
For elite/UKA Grand Prix entries please e-mail elite@readinghalfmarathon.com

2. How do I know if my online entry worked? You will receive an email confirmation from ourselves and Netbanx, please retain both.

3. When do entries close? Entries will close in December 2014 or when we are at capacity – check the website for regular news updates.

4. Can you send me some entry forms? All entries are online.

5. Can I enter over the phone? Yes – please e-mail the events office (events@sweatshop.co.uk) with your telephone number and we will contact you to arrange payment.

6. I have moved house/changed address since entering; can I change my contact details? Yes. Click Here to amend your entry details. If you encounter problems please contact the events office via e-mail events@sweatshop.co.uk

7. Can we pay / enter as a group / company? Yes, for a group of 10 or more entrants who wish to pay by one invoice, please contact the events office via e-mail events@sweatshop.co.uk

8. Are there entries on the day of the race? No

9. What is the minimum age to enter the race? For the Half Marathon participants will need to be 17 years of age on race day.
For the Green Park Challenge participants will need to be 4 years of age on race day (any child under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a responsible adult).
Please note that there is no upper age limit for any race.

10. Am I able to have a refund or deferral if I am unable to run? No, there will be no refunds once you have entered the race. Names cannot be changed on an entry and entries cannot be deferred unless you are injured and can supply us with the relevant practitioners note i.e. a GP or a physiotherapist.

11. I am unable to run can I give my bib to someone else? No. Your running bib and number are unique to you and enable our safety team to access the personal details you have supplied to us quickly, if needed on the day. Giving your bib to another runner will result in both you and them being disqualified from this race and other Sweatshop races. UK Athletics rules state: Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission will be disqualified from the race. Both runners will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate National Association.

12. Are you offering concession prices for entry this year? No. Unfortunately due to administrative difficulties we are unable to offer discounted entries other than those listed on the entry page (Affiliated or Wheelchair).

13. When will I receive the T-shirt that I ordered with my race entry? Your T-shirt will arrive with your race pack around two weeks before race day.

14. I didn't order a Technical T-shirt when I entered the race, can I order one now? Yes. Click Here to amend your entry details and pay for the T-shirt. If you encounter problems please contact the events office via e-mail events@sweatshop.co.uk

15. When will I receive the Car Park Pass that I ordered with my race entry? Your pass will arrive with your race pack around two weeks before race day.

My Race Pack

1. When do I receive my race number? Race packs, including your race number/luggage tag, timing chip and race guide will be sent to you at least two weeks before the race.

2. When will I receive the T-shirt that I ordered with my race entry? Your T-shirt will arrive with your race pack around two weeks before race day.

3. When do I receive my race number? Your race number and pack will be sent out at least two weeks before the event.

4. What happens if my race pack doesn't arrive in time? You will be able to pick one up on Saturday or Sunday from the helpdesk. The help desk is located inside the Millennium Hotel at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (the day before the race) and in the Race Village on the day of the race. The help desk will be open between the hours of 11am & 4pm on Saturday & from 7am on Sunday.

5. What should I do if I lose my race number? If you lose your race number please visit the help desk on either Saturday or on Sunday to have another re-issued. The help desk is located inside the Millennium Hotel at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (the day before the race) and in the Race Village on the day of the race. The help desk will be open between the hours of 11am & 4pm on Saturday & from 7am on Sunday. To have another pack re-issued you must bring proof of entry, this can be a confirmation email or bank statement.

Transport & Travel (Including buses and parking)

1. What is the nearest train station to the race? The nearest train station to the start/finish area is Reading Station. This station is on the main line from London Paddington.

2. Transport on Race Day FREE shuttle buses will run between 7am and 2.30pm, these will transport you from the centre of Reading to the Madejski Stadium and then return you after the race. More details will be published soon.

3. Can non-runners use the shuttle buses? Yes

4. Where can I park on race day? There is no parking at the stadium or on the surrounding roads – vehicles will be removed and the race delayed. If you have not pre booked a car parking space close to the stadium we suggest you use the town centre parking and travel on the shuttle buses. These are available to both runners and spectators.

5. When will parking be available to book? The official car parks are bookable when you enter the race. If ordered, you will receive the pass in your race pack.

Race Village

1. Where is the race village? The Madejski Stadium, J11 M4, Reading, RG2 0FL

2. What time does the race village open? All facilities in the race village will open at 7am.

3. Can I park at the race village? No, there is no parking at the Stadium on race day.

4. Will there be meeting points at the finish for family and friends? Yes, alphabetical meeting points will be situated within the race village at the end of the finish funnel. A map of the Race Village with meeting point locations will be available before the race.

5. Is there anywhere to leave my bags while I'm running? On the race day a kit tent will be available; this will be situated in the race village. In your race pack (which will arrive 2 weeks before the event) you will find a kit tent label. Write your race number on the label and attach it to your kit bag, then hand it in. To retrieve your bag at the end of the race all you have to do is show your running number at the kit tent. (The organisers cannot accept responsibility for valuables left in the Kit tents).

6. Are there showers and changing facilities? There are no showers but there are changing facilities.

7. What other facilities are in at the race village? You'll find lots of activities and services in the race village including a Sweatshop retail tent, First Aid, food and drink (non alcoholic), VIP tent, massage and Physio, toilets, a help desk and a wide range of entertainment.

Course

1. How long is the course? The Half Marathon course is 21K or 13.1miles.

2. What time does the race start? The Half Marathon starts at 10:00am.
The Green Park Challenge starts at 8:30am.

3. Is there a pre race warm up? Yes at the start line, please get there early to take advantage of this.

4. How does the race start work? All competitors are issued with a colour coded race number that reflects their estimated finish time. You should only start in the allocated colour/time zone. This will help prevent you going too quickly or slowly at the start. Race results are done by gun time; however your time starts when you pass under the gantry and over the chip mats so don't worry if it takes a while to get through the start. Both your gun and chip time will appear in the results.

5. Are there water stations on the course? Yes there are four water stations and two Lucozade Sport fuel stations on the course. Water is available at miles 3, 6.5, 7.5 & 11, Lucozade Sport is available at 4.2 and 8.5 miles.

6. Running Surface The race is run on good tarmac roads until the finish straight inside the Madejski Stadium, the pitch is covered by track way which can be a little slippery if wet.

7. My trainings been going well/poorly and my estimated time does not reflect my current fitness levels should I start in a different zone? No please stick to your colour zone but move to the back or front of the zone depending on your fitness level.

8. Are pace makers available on course? There will be pace makers for runners wishing to run 1hr.30 and at five minute intervals until 2hr.30. Click here for more information.

9. Are there any first aid points on the course? Yes medical services will be located along the course (at every drinks station) and at the start and finish areas to ensure your safety.

10. Are toilets available on the course? Limited toilets are available at every drink station.

11. Is the course fully marshalled? Yes there are marshals at every road junction to ensure you go the right way and to cheer you on.

12. Is there entertainment around the course? Yes, in 2014 there were cheerleaders, bands and cheering points, look out for more of the same in 2015.

13. Is there a time limit on finishing the race? Yes we will close the course at 2pm – 4 running hours.

14. Will I get a medal at the finish? Yes. All Finishers in all races will get a medal. At the finish you will also receive water, sports drink, foil blanket and goodie bag.

15. Can I run in fancy dress? Yes. We do recommend practising in your costume beforehand.

16. Can I take part on a bike, stilts, roller skates, skate boards or pushing a buggy? Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibited from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and/or dangerous to other competitors or spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or if on the course, may be forcibly removed from the event.

17. Can I take part in a day wheelchair? Yes, you can participate in a day wheelchair. Please enter via the website. We ask that day wheelchair users start towards the rear of the field so as not to impede any fellow participants.

18. Can I wear earphones/listen to music during the race? For health and safety reasons, earphones or any device which may impede hearing/listening to instructions both before and during the race are not allowed. Anyone seen wearing earphones will be asked to remove them and may be disqualified from the race.

19. When and where will the results be published? The results will be available online on March 2nd on this website. They will also be printed in the Reading Evening Post early in March.

20. Is entry for spectators into the stadium free? Yes

Green Park Challenge

1. What time does the Green Park Challenge start? 08.30am

2. Is there a pre-race warm up for the Green Park Challenge? Yes at the start line, please get there early to take advantage of this.

3. Can anyone take part in the Green Park Challenge? Yes, adults and children can take part in the Green Park Challenge. Children must be at least 4 year of age. If they are under the age of 11 they must be accompanied by a participating adult; both child and adult have to enter the race.

4. How long is the fun run? Its 2.8K or 1.75 miles.

5. Are there prizes? Yes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed male and females. There is also the Green Park Challenge Schools Challenge, click here for details.

Corporate Challenge

Please note the Corporate Challenge has a new look for 2015 and is no longer a relay. Full details of the Corporate Challenge race will be published soon.

1. How many people make up a team in the Corporate Challenge? A minimum four up to a maximum of eight people can make up a team.

2. Can the team be made up of any gender? Yes, you can have an all male team, an all female team or a mixed team.

3. How old do you have to be to take part in the Corporate Challenge? Participants need to be 17 years of age on race day.

4. Where's the meeting point? The Corporate Challenge meeting point will be announced soon.

5. What time should we get there? Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point and register your team no later than 8.15am.

6. What will I be given on the day? At registration you will be issued with your team’s race numbers. You will also get a wristband for each team member to access to the venue following the race for your hospitality.

7. Where can we leave our kit bags? At the meeting point to be announced soon.

Road Closures

1. What time do the roads start closing and when do they re-open? A detailed road closure schedule will be available here nearer the time.



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