This site is not an official website for the track shown here and is neither approved or endorsed by the stadium. I am indebted to Richard English for the scans of badges on this page.

The greyhound track on Bennet road in Reading was situated at 0° 58' W 51° 25' N and first opened for racing in 1975. The track witnessed some classy races including the Hunt Cup and the Berkshire Cup.

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It continued to operate under rules until the final meeting on 18th October 2008.
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Track Records, as of October 2008, are shown below together with an indication of how fast the time is in comparison to other tracks, both for currently open and defunct tracks, in the UK. Ratings are between 0 and 100, where 100 is an extremely fast time and reflects the speed of the track, tightness of the circuit and quality of greyhound visiting the tracks.
SPRINTS (up to 385m) STANDARD (386-549m) DISTANCE (550-699m) EXTENDED (700-999m)
Reading Track Records at a snapshot in time:-
SPRINT 275 metres Greenfield Fox 16.32 secs. Rating 47 23rd October 1982
STANDARD 465 metres Blue Merlin 27.56 secs Rating 48 28th April 1997
DISTANCE 660 metres Double Take 40.50 secsĀ  Rating 36 14th December 2003
EXTENDED 850 metres Greenacre Lyn 53.26 secsĀ  Rating 32 16th September 2004
MARATHON 1045 metres Souda Bay 67.58 secs Rating 65 3rd May 1998

I am grateful to Jon Seddon for the following link to a map showing the whereabouts of the old track

This section gives a comprehensive picture of the badges produced by the track throughout the ages, but only provides the briefest of glimpses of its history. For those wishing to undertake further research we can recommend a visit to where further reading can be undertaken.

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