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Archive for the day “April 4, 2016”

Who Takes Part in Half Marathons? A Visual story from Reading Half Marathon

The answer is a mixture of normally sane individuals who comprise essentially some professional athletes, serious athletes, those collecting for charity who sometimes run and a group of first time runners. The end result is an eclectic mixture. this is the visual story of some of those who took part in the  Reading 2016 Half-Marathon.

I have some favourites and they include:

  1. The blind runner and his guide
  2. The “not young” runner for cancer research
  3. Those who celebrated coming down the home straight
  4. Those who did it for charity
  5. Those whom I was unsure if they were in fancy dress or not


Carshalton 4 Three Bridges 1 – Absolutely wonderful football game

One normally does not associate Ryman South with wonderful  flowing and skilful football. Those people may be wrong. Essentially to give context this was a middle table game with nothing depending on it between two very different teams. The War Memorial ground is an excellent ground at this level and might easily host Conference South football with a few strategic amendments. The superb 3G pitch looks like a huge success and it was difficult to tell any difference from a grass version.


War Memorial Ground Carshalton


Some of the best non league terracing Carshalton

Even in the warm up it was clear to the casual observer, one of the 288 present, that the Carshalton team was young and mostly looked 10 years younger than a slightly gnarled older looking  Three Bridges team.

00002449The styles also were a huge contrast with Carshalton favouring a fluid skilful game playing the ball out of defence and using the wings, whilst Three bridges were more physical, forceful and at times presented Carshalton with some rigorous tackles.

Three Bridges also favoured the opportunity to debate regularly with the referee Chris Felton , whether his decisions were correct and give input as to which Carshalton players should be booked and for what reason.


The game was played in the first half in bright sunshine and by the second half light rain.


The crowd of 288 was a very respectable number considering the league positions and the paucity of away following from Three bridges.

The reality was that Carshalton won this game easily 4-1 and in Ricky Korboa had a winger with unreal talent and balance, who scored a goal worthy of goal of the month at any football level.


Ricky Korboa 


Ricky Korboa

This current Carshalton team if kept together will be interesting to watch over the next 12 months.



Tommy Bradford


Tommy Bradford


Altercation At The Finish Line Reading 2016 Half-Marathon

Considering that over 15,000 runners were running and one might guess another 5-10,000 spectators were there too, it would be surprising if the day passed off without any issues. There was a single altercation seen just after the finish line. Casually watching I may have got all my facts wrong but it seemed two male runners were jostling, at first I thought in a friendly manner as they came within 100 yards of the finish line. Certainly one grabbed the other around the waist or maybe upper body as if to pull them back.

Until they crossed the line i thought no more thinking maybe they were friends doing a running equivalent of that useless term “banter”. Having crossed the line though a female runner seemed to be angry with them and strong words were seemingly spoken between her, her male partner/friend and at least one of the male runners. Difficult to know what the issue was but to guess maybe they were pushed/interfered with by these two male runners. The marshals were quickly over to diffuse the situation though words were being spoken still 5 minutes after.


Arguments at Reading Half- Marathon after the finish

Reading Half-Marathon 2016. Fifteen Photographs To show Why this Is an Important Event

Around 15,000 participants took part in the 2016 Reading Half-Marathon of 13.1 miles. Here are a selection of my favourite participants for many various reasons. Such an event is maybe easy for the professional athlete and there were some who seemed to fulfil that category, however for others, elderly, disabled in some way or simply ” not an athlete”, things are harder and the effort they must make is substantially greater.


  1. For all participants and spectators there is substantial effort to get there on time. Roads are closed. Car parks are full and queueing is mandatory.

For all participants and spectators there is substantial effort in even getting to the event on time

2. The race was open to all-comers, including elderly and physically disabled. They each found their own way to overcome the difficulties associated with a 13 mile run.


Gary Donald


Rachel and David

3. Thirteen miles is a decent length to run and all participants deservedly recieved a medal for finishing

000024684. The top athletes entertained the spectators and enjoyed the occasional. It was great to see real happiness on the faces of so many runners.Jenny Nesbitt finished as the fastest female on her half marathon debut in 1.12.53.


Jenny Nesbitt on her marathon debut

5. For the top athletes their finish suggested that they had plenty more energy and some might have seemed as though they would do the course all over again

000025636. Coming down the running straight many finishers accelerated or gave decent celebrations.


Jenny Nesbitt

7. Some participants ran in groups and some such as these Breast Cancer supporters finished as a group

000026018. Normal runners also enjoyed their day out

000024619. Not everyone was in trendy running gear. Seems a suit is good enough for some

0000257210. Not everyone ran alone. Some took along some of their family.

00002598.JPG11. A variety of different coloured clothing and running shoes was worn

0000257012. One of the major sponsors of the event was Garmin who sponsored not only the important foil blankets but also the event. Many participants wore Garmin or Fitbit watches or other equivalent.

0000256913. Vitality were the sponsors of the whole event as main sponsor.

0000257114.  In the whole event I only observed one episode of loss of temper due to an event that happened in the finishing straight and may have impeded one runner. The marshals quickly diffused the issue. 0000257315. Every race needs a winner. The winner of the 2016 Reading Half-Marathon.Professional marathon runner Robert Mbitha cruised to victory in 1.02.56


Robert Mbitha winner 2016 Reading half-marathon


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