Road Closures & Travel Information

It can never be too early to organise your Race Day travel. Please plan your journey before you set off and whatever mode of transport you use, allow extra time for delays or congestion. We suggest you aim to arrive in Reading no later than 08:45 for the Half Marathon (7:30am for the Green Park Challenge). You can download a timeline of road closures from the ROAD CLOSURES section below so your trip to the start line is as relaxed as possible.

Please note there is a 15 – 20 minute walk from the race village to the start line. If you or one of your supporters has any mobility issues and is in need of assistance, then please contact our events team in advance on 0778 813 7117 or email

Shuttle buses & taxis

Shuttle buses run between Reading Station and the Reading Football Club Stadium, the service is available to everyone. The first bus leaves Reading station at 07:00. The last bus leaves the Stadium at 15.00.

There is a small charge to use the shuttle bus of £2 per day (free return with ticket) or £1 for concessionary pass holders and children under five years of age travel free.

If you have booked parking in the Yellow or Blue car park, your bus service is free.

There is also a taxi service between the station and the Stadium. Please note this is one way only, there is not a taxi pick up point at the Stadium. You should either get a shuttle bus back or order a taxi to pick you up off site away from the Stadium.

If you're travelling by bus on public transport, you can get service updates from Reading Buses here.

Arriving by Train

Please check all train times with National Rail Enquiries –
  Telephone: 08457 48 49 50 


Every year we work very closely with Reading Borough Council and other agencies to agree a full traffic management system which will be safe for the runners and cause the minimum amount of disruption to residents and other road users. However, there will be times when some roads will be closed to traffic. This is necessary to host such a large road race and we ask for your patience and cooperation during the short time the race will be passing your area.

A full list of the 2024 road closures will appear here closer to Race Day.

We also ask people do not use junction 11 on the M4 to gain access to Reading town centre as this will be affected due to road closures.

Travelling by car

If you are traveling by car then please allow extra time for delays and congestion. If you are participating in the Green Park Challenge we advise that you arrive no later than 07:30am. If you are participating in the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon we advise you to arrive no later than 08:45am as runners will begin assembling to the start line from 09:00am.

Official Car Parks

Pre-booked parking is available when you book your race place. If you have booked parking all information will be sent to you and included on your permit.


There is no parking at the Reading Football Club Stadium.

If you have already booked your race place and now want to add car parking you can book via one of these links, please note you must have your Entry Order No so we can match your car parking to your entry, as your permit will accompany your race bib:

Red Car Park AVAILABLE SOON (Longwater Ave, short walk to the start line and Race Village)

Blue Car Park AVAILABLE SOON  (Mereoak P&R, incl. a shuttle bus to the Race Village)

Yellow Car Park AVAILABLE SOON (Wood, incl. a shuttle bus to the Race Village)