After some 30+ years with being involved with the organisation of the Wokingham Half Marathon the time has now come for us all to call it a day.
The first race was held in 1984 starting in Molly Millers Lane and using a course to the south of the town, taking in Sindlesham, Arborfield and Barkham before finishing in the Carnival Field, where the swimming pool now is. Anyone who ran that course will always remember the last couple of hundred metres from the football ground before turning into the field.
Following the development of the Carnival Field and the Football Ground the race was moved in 1994 to Cantley Park, with the original course starting in Bell Foundry Lane and taking in the rural lanes around Hurst. The course has been altered a couple of times to enable the start, as well as the finish to be within the park itself. This move has also enabled the whole route to be traffic free, an important consideration as Health and Safety came more to the forefront.
A history of the race with pictures can be found on our ‘History’ page.
With the extensive development taking place to the North of Cantley the committee felt that it may not be possible to continue with the existing route for much longer and, with the advancing years, the time had come to retire.
At the moment it looks likely that the race will continue under the control of others and we will help where we can to ensure a smooth handover. When these details are finalised we will put a link on this site to the new organisation.
Can we take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever been involved with the Wokingham Half, from the helpers, sponsors, the Wokingham Borough Council and, of course, the runners without whom it would be a fairly pointless exercise. A more extensive list can be found on our ‘Helpers and Supporters’ page.