The Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon 2022 took place on Sunday, the 3rd of April. Once again, we were thrilled to be the headline sponsor of Reading's biggest running event.
Cancelled in 2020 and rescheduled in the following year to November 2021 due to the pandemic, this year was particularly special. Not only did the race return to its springtime slot but also the event celebrated its 40th running year!
"We’re incredibly excited and proud to be associated with the Reading Half Marathon. Unleashed Performance was born in Reading and we couldn’t be happier to give back through an icon of community life, in a way that truly resonates with our values."
A truly memorable event; thank you to race organisers Goldline Events for all of your hard work!
Unleashed Performance at the Reading Half Marathon
The Unleashed Performance team (Team UP) were out in full force on race day to meet, greet and challenge both athletes and spectators alike.
Our Unleashed Performance tent and pop up shop in race village provided the perfect opportunity to showcase our premium performance wear and sports nutrition ranges in the flesh. The Unleashed Performance personal trainers were on hand to not only test our visitors in the pull up and plank challenges but also chat about how prospective members can #makeithappen in our state-of-the-art fitness centres based in Reading.
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Pull Up Bar Challenge
Visitors to our tent had the chance to win a Small Group Personal Training (SGPT) paid trial gym membership (including unlimited classes and 12 small group personal training sessions) valued at £149! Willing participants of all ages and abilities lined up to hang tough on our pull up bar, battling it out for a chance to win the grand prize.
CONGRATULATIONS to our winner Paul who managed to hang on for 3 minutes and 18 seconds proving that he truly is tough enough! Well done to everyone who took part, same time next year?
The second of two challenges, our 'plank off' proved to be an exciting - and competitive - addition to the day. The challenge was 'simple' - go head-to-head with a mate in a plank off. Winner takes all!
This wasn't as simple as it sounds and proved to be a challenge for both young and old. Our deserving winners all walked away with a £10 gift voucher for use on our website against sports nutrition and performance wear purchases.
How did you fair in the plank off?
David Haye - Reading Half Marathon
We were honoured to be joined this year by David 'The Hayemaker' Haye, former unified Cruiserweight World Champion and WBA Heavyweight Champion.
David Haye joined Team UP at the Unleashed Performance tent where he was on hand to take commemorative photographs and meet and greet his pleasantly surprised fans. Alongside our team, David headed to the starting line where he joined Sir John Madejski, horn in hand, and officially started the 2022 race. As runners crossed the finish line, David congratulated the finishers on a race well run.
We are incredibly thankful to David Haye for coming to Reading and supporting Unleashed Performance in sponsoring this prestigious event. David's attendance provided a unique meet and greet opportunity for our official Unleashed Performance runners before and after the race.
Unleashed Performance Official Runners
Unleashed Performance runners were out in full force on race day as 73 official runners laced up for the Reading Half Marathon.
We were joined by a number of runners from local running clubs such as Benson Striders, Shinfield Running Club, and Reading Joggers as well as our very own Unleashed Performance gym members and their friends and family.
The runners donned their Reading red in official Unleashed Performance T-shirts and took to the streets to earn their medal on race day. The recognisable runners were given an extra special mention by the race organisers and were greeted with music and cheer by the Power UP team as they crossed the half way mark.
Joining the official Unleashed Performance runners this year were the team from Boots on the Ground raising money for both their charity and The Leg Up Project UK, together with Louise and Ben. Tabbing the Reading Half Marathon route with weighted bergens (up to 45kgs), veterans Patch, Geoff and Robin powered through the course in support of their worthy cause. Congratulations guys, this was no small feat!
Read more about Patch's story and DONATE to these veteran supporting charities.
Thank you to all of the official runners for proudly wearing our brand on race day! Interested in joining the Unleashed Performance Official Runners in 2023? Send us an email to register your interest!
Reading Half Marathon - You earned it!
As the first runners made their way back to race village to recover from their run, Team UP were on standby with bananas, Electrolytes and a well deserved congratulations to the half-marathoners!
Our photo wall provided the perfect backdrop to show off those hard-earned Reading Half Marathon medals; it was so rewarding to see everyone's hard work pay off as they finished the race.
2022 OFFICIAL RESULTS - MEN'S RACE
1. James Connor 1:05:58
2. Ed Bovingdon 1:06:45
3. Neil Kevern 1:06:59
2022 OFFICIAL RESULTS - WOMEN'S RACE
1. Kate Drew 1:14:36
2. Sarah Webster 1:17:24
3. Hayley Munn 1:17:54
The Royals Treatment
The Unleashed Performance runners joined Team UP, David Haye and our special guests in the Royal Suite at Select Car Leasing Stadium for some light refreshments once they had completed the race.
Our athletes relished the opportunity to put their feet up, mingle, talk shop, eat pizza and celebrate with some bubbles at a job well done.
A special thank you to our guests Dave Read from Neon Management and Philippa Bowden, 2021 Reading Half Marathon Winner (Women's), for joining us for the occasion and offering your support to the runners!
Thank you to our friend and Reading-based photographer Trevor King for capturing incredible moments throughout the day.
👉 BROWSE THE UNLEASHED PERFORMANCE READING HALF MARATHON PHOTO GALLERY AND SPOT YOURSELF WITH DAVID HAYE!
Learn more about Trevor King Photography
Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon 2023
We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon again for 2023, and this year is set to be even bigger and better than ever!
If you're already thinking about running, walking, skipping or jogging the Reading Half Marathon 2023, entries are now OPEN.
What was YOUR highlight of Reading Half Marathon 2022?
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Unleashed Performance PT's based in Reading
James Parker - Head Coach and Co-Founder of Unleashed Performance - Tilehurst, Reading
Until next year!
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