Scott Overall’s first competitive race of the year turned out to be a successful one as the British runner took top place in Sunday’s Reading Half Marathon. Despite cold and windy conditions, the race attracted over 14,000 runners, an upturn of almost 1,500 from last year’s event.
Overall, who has been in Colorado Springs for altitude training in the build up to the London Marathon, finished in 64:44, marginally ahead of Nicholas Torry (64:50) and Phil Wicks (64:55). Overall later tweeted: “Happy with the win today at Reading. 6 weeks until London marathon!”
Susan Partridge led a strong female field home in 72:20, with Belgrave Harriers’ Tish Jones second (72:56) and Sunderland Strollers Aly Dixon in third position. Partridge commented after the race:“Really enjoyed racing this morning - thank you Reading!”
Race director Nick Pearson said he was delighted with the day’s proceedings: “It just shows how popular Reading is, the event is and running is. It is one of the things we can’t control but it is so satisfying to see the amount of people out on the course cheering the runners on. It makes a massive difference to the atmosphere and it is great for us to see.”