New medal revealed for runners of the Vitality Reading Half Marathon 2017

Reading Half medal

The Vitality Reading Half Marathon returns on Sunday 19th March 2017 and Race Organisers, Sweatshop, have revealed an added incentive for runners as the thousands of participants hoping to cross the finish line will receive one of these new striking medals.

The pink Vitality themed ribbon holds a dynamic cut-out leaping lion centre-piece that represents the Maiwand Lion war memorial in Forbury Gardens, Reading town. The new medal is cleaner, leaner and meaner than ever before and the stand out centre-piece ensures the medal has the ‘wow-factor’.

Those with an eagle-eye may have noticed teaser images of the medal appear over the past couple of weeks, but yesterday the brand-new medal was fully unveiled for the first time to a group of runners at the second official Vitality Reading Half Marathon training run organised by the Sweatshop store, located on Friar Street. 37 members were taking part in their second training run on Sunday in preparation for next year’s half marathon, and were the first to get a glimpse.

Judith Manson, Race Director, comments: “The medals are so important, they are a badge of honour for every runner so we work hard to create a medal that participants will wear with pride, whilst truly representing Reading. It was great to hear such positive feedback from runners at the training run about the new medal, who seemed particularly impressed with the leaping lion centre-piece. It’s definitely one which will stand out on any medal shelf.”

The 2017 half marathon route promises to be as impressive as ever, taking in the highlights of Reading town centre where runners will experience huge crowd support, and passing through the beautiful grounds of the University campus. The 34th Reading Half Marathon is expected to attract seasoned distance athletes as well as thousands of newcomers to the running community. The world-renowned course will lead runners from Green Park, through the beautiful grounds of Reading University to a momentous finish inside Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium where they will be greeted by an eager crowd of supporters.

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