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The Reading 5 Mile

Location: University of Reading Students Union Campus, Reading, Berkshire

Date: Sunday 12th February 2017

Time: 11.00 am

This 5 mile race returns for an eighth year to help the students in their charity fundraising.

This is a pretty two lap course run in and around the University campus and is a perfect way to warm up or taper down ahead of the Reading Half Marathon which takes place a month later.

Runners of all standards welcome with a medal for all finishers plus winners and spot prizes available. 

Baggage drop

We offer a free bag drop for anyone wishing to leave bags with us during the race. Any items or baggage of real value should be handed to the Race Director for safe depositing. Whilst we will do our best to take good care of your bags and possessions, as always, they are left with us at your own risk.


There are adequate toilet facilities available at the Race HQ.


Refreshments are available on campus.

Course details and First Aid

The Reading 5 course is an undulating course using the paths and trails within the Whiteknights Campus. The course has been measured using GPS but, because of its multi terrain nature, it cannot carry a certificate of course accuracy.

The route will be clearly marked using large route arrows, as well as being marshalled throughout. Please note that the roads surrounding the campus will still be open so please be careful of vehicles around the course.

You can view a copy of the course map here.

Due to this race taking place in February there is a chance that some of the route may be either wet, slippery or even icy. The Race Director, on the morning of the event, will notify all runners of any hazards on the course, including any areas of concern shortly before the start of the race. The race director has the right to divert the course if he or she believes it is too dangerous for runners. This may, in exceptional circumstances, result in the route being slightly longer or shorter than the advertised distance.

In the event of adverse weather please refer to our bad weather contingency plan for information in the event of cancellation. If adverse weather is forecast we will keep you updated via email, Twitter and Facebook as well as information on our website. We will endeavour to stage the race however if we believe that the course is unsafe and unlikely to improve or the conditions are such that many runners will find the journey to the event difficult a decision will be made as to whether or not to stage the race.

Runners should be aware that the location of the race means that it will not be possible to offer continuous supervision around the course. In the unlikely event that you experience difficulties, and if you are able to, please advise a marshal immediately, who will arrange for assistance. If you are unable to make your own way to the next marshal point, please advise a fellow runner to notify us of your location. St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day. There will also be a sweep runner following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for. If, for whatever reason, you drop out of the race, please advise a race official.


We will endeavour to print and display results as soon as possible after you finish the race. Provisional results will be published online
here usually within an hour of the race finishing. A full set of results will also be emailed the day after the race to all participants which have supplied a legible email address.


UKA Licence Number


Course record holders

  • 2013 - Paul Fernandez - 27.18
  • 2015 - Wendy Walsh - 32.33