The sun was out with the daffodils to welcome over 17,000 runners to Green Park for the start of the Green Park Challenge and Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 22 March.
Green Park was transformed into a runner’s mecca with the start gantry on Longwater Avenue and the running start zones making their way back towards the A33. Once the runners were in position, the area was a sea of vibrant colours, helped by the entertaining cheer leaders, stilt walkers and samba band!
The Green Park Challenge was a 3km race for both children and adults, taking them around the Green Park loop and into Madjeski Stadium. There were certainly some quick feet out there with the fastest runner completing the course in just 9 minutes and 35 seconds!
Having the first mile of the Reading Half Marathon within Green Park allowed for a faster and smoother (apparently!) course for all who took part. As well as the elite runners, we saw a group of Minions, some Awesome Legomen, a couple of supermen, a camel and a man bravely carrying a cement mixer (in aid of Royal British Legion and Combat Stress). The streets were lined with spectators cheering everyone on their journey, including those runners who made up the Green Park Team.
The Green Park Team were headed up by Chris Carter Keal and Rory Carson of Oxford Properties, and included employees of Occupiers: GMC, Green Park Landscaping Team, Intermedia, ISG, Logi Analytics, Quintiles, Stonewater and Synopsis.
Well done and congratulations to all who took part in both the Green Park Challenge and Reading Half Marathon!