Reading Half Marathon 2015

Around 18,000 runners took part in the annual Reading Half Marathon under clear blue skies. Playing them off from the start and also encouraging them towards the end were Bloco Fogo !

A very long day with an extremely early start, but well worth it to see the smiles on peoples faces as they passed us, applauding us as they ran, grateful for all the encouragement we provided to see them on to the end.

Congratulations to everyone that took part, it was an amazing sight to see so many runners.

Thanks to Marcus Mark for the use of some of his photos.

Reading Half Marathon

Back again at the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon with a line up of over 16,000 runners. An inspiring event in a great location with superb organisation.

However the heavens opened and it rained constantly throughout the entire 3 hours we were playing and it was cold too, but what an amazing day. With our lead mestres over in Coburg, sorting our participation in the Coburg Samba Festival 2013, we had Jaz at the helm and had a blast. A small but perfectly formed band of 12 played, danced, jumped, screamed and laughed our way through the performance with hundreds of runners clapping and cheering as they went past.

We even managed a short snippet of footage on the local BBC South news and were interview by Debbie McGee live on BBC Radio Berkshire !

Reading Half Marathon

Last minute gig and a chance to play at the Reading Half marathon A really big event with about 18,500 runners plus a junior race with another few thousand runners. Managed to pull together a band of 9,  not bad for 24 hours notice!
Bit of an early start from home at around 06:00 to get there for the start and before the road closures. But it was definitely worth it. The sun rise was amazing driving in and then the sun continued to shine all day with clear blue skies all day.

Was great to motivate the runners on with many cheering and clapping us as then ran past us at varying speeds, and so we kept on playing and playing and playing.  Some fantastic and wonderful sights amongst the runners,

  • The bee and ladybird
  • The incredible Hulk,
  • Scooby doo,
  • Dennis the Mennis
  • A camel
  • A Rhinoceros
  • Batman and Robin in their car
  • A Chinese dragon
  • Several Elvis's or is that Elvii?
  • Oh, and the man in the Mankini!