Vitality Reading Half Marathon

Symphotech oversaw health and safety for the Vitality Reading Half Marathon, where over 12,000 runners took on the 13.1 mile challenge, 3rd April 2016.

Organised by Sweatshop and Goldline Events, the 2016 Vitality Reading Half Marathon marked the 33rd edition of this popular event. Starting in Reading’s Green Park and finishing in the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club, thousands of athletes took part in this gruelling challenge.

Following the company’s recent appointment as safety consultants to Goldline Events, Symphotech was on hand to oversee the health and safety, provide advice, contingency plans and project management before and during the race.

Symphotech’s Will Hodgson was on site throughout the day, acting as ‘silver commander’ to undertake tactical decision making, implementing the race plans and overseeing the movement of the participants and spectators round the course, opening roads as and when it was safe to do so. 

He comments: “We’ve been working with the Reading Half Marathon for the past three years and it’s always a pleasure to work on this great event. Due to its popularity and challenging nature, it was vital that it was given the upmost care planning the health and safety for the participants, spectators and staff.”

Judith Manson, race director, describes the event as a huge success:  “Reading has once again played host to a fantastic event with so many dedicated runners crossing the finish line as first timers, charity fundraisers or seasoned elites – and even a world record holder! The success of the day would not be possible without the fantastic efforts from our safety consultants, team of events staff, volunteers, sponsors and partners. I’d like to say thank you to Symphotech for their continued support at Reading Half Marathon.”