Will I receive my race number/timing chip prior to the event?
No, your race number and timing chip need to be collected on the morning of the event from the club house at Berkshire County Sports Club
Please keep your race number on you - THIS WILL BE YOUR HOG ROAST VOUCHER
Can I enter in person on the day?
This event sold out in 2019 so there were no on the day entries available, and we anticipate the same for 2020
What time do I need to be where?
7.30-8.45am – Registration and number collection at the clubhouse, Berkshire County Sports Club.
8.55am – warm up with Barnes Fitness
9am – 5k and 10k races START
1030am – Kids Fun Run starts
11am – Prize giving and hog roast for all runners who complete the 5k and 10k races
What are the age limits for entry?
The Kids Fun Run is for 4 - 13 year olds
The 5km race - minimum competitor age is 13 years
The 10km race - minimum competitor age is 15 years
What is the course?
Please see the course map here (this may change as road closures and access is finalised).
Please follow marshal instructions at all times and be prepared to stop at junctions, crossing and roundabouts to give way to other road users, traffic and pedestrians.
The Kids Fun Run will be a 2-lap course around the field totalling 2.6km, with all runners starting together.
The course starts and finishes at Berkshire County Sports Club on Sonning Lane.
Sonning Lane will be closed for the start of the race when you will run to Sonning Church, before joining the River Thames footpath. There is a VERY narrow/single file section by the church - please be patient and take extra care.
When running along the River Thames footpath, there will be members of public enjoying the area too - you do not have sole use of this path, so please be considerate and sensible along this path.
5km runners will finish once they have crossed Sonning Lane outside Reading Blue Coat School and are back at Berkshire County Sports Club.
10km runners will run a lap of the sports field before exiting onto Sonning Lane, running in the road within the coned off area, before joining the A4.
All runners must stay on the footpath along the A4 and Pound Lane - you are not permitted to run in either of these roads. They are both open to traffic and footpaths are open to member of the public.
Please be cautious, safe and respectful. Enjoy the course!
Can I run with a buggy?
No, the course is not suitable for buggies.
Is there a cut off time in which to finish the event?
All competitors need to finish the event by 10.30am
Which roads are affected during the event to traffic?
A map and table of these can be found here
Are there toilets on-site?
Yes – port-a-loos will be located on the sports field. No urinating in public allowed under any circumstances.
Can I wear headphones during the event?
No, From 1 April 2016 a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition:
"The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic”Enforcement of this rule is a matter for the race director and referee and disqualification of runners who choose to ignore it is an option.
Is there parking at the start/finish area?
There is limited parking within Berkshire County Sports Club.
Reading Rugby Club has kindly offered parking space in its car park on Sonning Lane (Holme Park, Sonning Lane, RG4 6ST) and we ask that users make a small donation (£2) to the club using the collection tins available on the day.
Access to the event parking at Reading Rugby Club will only be possible via the A4, not via Pearson Lane.
Please do not park on Sonning Lane or at BCSC, these are part of the course and parking here will impact the event and the flow of traffic through the village.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN NEARBY RESIDENTIAL ROADS.
Is there a baggage area somewhere?
There will be a baggage drop in the squash courts at Berkshire County Sports Club, but you leave items at your own risk.
Will there be food/drink available afterwards?
Yes, all those that complete the 5/10k races will receive a free hog roast bap and food will be on offer to purchase at Berkshire County Sports Club before, during and after the races.
We will again have a cake stand and ice creams available to purchase.
Your race number will be your hog roast voucher, so please keep it safe!
What prizes are there to run for?
Prizes will include vouchers for sports therapy, sports memberships, sports equipment and more!
All those that complete the 5/10k run will receive a free hog roast.
Who has helped make this event happen?
Reading Blue Coat School
Sonning Cricket Club
Our AMAZING VOLUNTEER MARSHALLS
This event would also not be possible without our sponsors. Please visit the sponsor page.