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Challenge Awards IconChallenge Awards Top 10 Event 2019
This community-driven event is perfect for the whole family. With walking and running half marathon races, a 5k, wheelchair races, and a kids race, theres every reason to sign up now. Come for the awesome finisher's medal, scenic views, and a fun day out.
C-19 Plan
St Albans Half Marathon has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 12th Jun 2021 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

11 Reviews
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Nicola R
"This was my first half. Really great event, so well organised. Thanks to..."


Miranda P
"I ran this in 2017 and all I remember is it was a tough tough tough course! But..."


Tracey M
"Local support and marshals were great - everything from the pick up to the..."
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How to enter the St Albans Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
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  3. Walking Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  4. Wheelchair Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  5. 1.5 Mile Fun Run

    Run 1.5mi
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St Albans Half Marathon routes

Half Marathon/Walking Half/Wheelchair Half

The Start and Finish of the race is Verulamium Park. The course takes place on the country lanes of St Albans and although the route is hilly and challenging at times, you are rewarded with stunning views at the top of the hills. Marshals will help you throughout the race, and medical cover will be on hand. Keep thinking of the free ice lolly at the finish line to keep you going!

There will be water stations throughout the course. The course is certified by UKA as a Half Marathon (13.1 Miles). The Walking Half Marathon is the only chip-timed event of its type in the country.

5k race

The 5K race stays within Verulamium Park, so you will benefit from the stunning surroundings throughout. Anyone can get involved in this relatively flat route, which goes around the lake and through the woods before returning to the Race Village.

1.5 mile Fun Run

This 1.5mile run will take runners through the scenic Verulamium Park, and is a great race to get your kids involved in racing this summer. Kids under 7 must run accompanied by an adult and those 8+ can run alone.

Cut-off Times

  • Running Half Marathon - 3hrs 15mins
  • Walking Half Marathon - 5hrs
  • Wheelchair Half Marathon - 3hrs 30mins
  • 5k - 55mins
  • 1.5mi Fun Run - No cut-off

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Unique finisher's medal
  • Water and a free ice lolly at the finish
  • Fully marshalled with professional medical cover provided throughout the course
  • Race prizes (distance specific)
  • Chip timed results
Raceday Logistics


08:30 Walking Half Marathon Starts

08:50 5k Race Starts

09:50 Wheelchair Half Marathon Starts

10:00 Half Marathon Starts

10:15 1.5 Mile Fun Run Starts

13:15: Half Marathon Cut Off time (3hrs 15 mins)

There is a pre-race warm up before every race, led by an instructor. You are advised to arrive at the start-line 10-15 minutes before the race begins.

There are also plenty of activities to do in the Runners Village, so it is recommended that you arrive at the event at least 1 hour before your race.

Kit List

Fancy dress is hugely encouraged, so don't forget to dress up.

You will either have received your race pack in the post or collected it in advance on a pre-race collection day (depending on what you choose when entering the race). Please don't forget to bring this with you.


There are three specific spectator viewing areas along the route. There are also lots of spaces along our finish line, which your family can cheer you on from. The VIP garden is the best place to watch the Start/Finish, and you can purchase spectator VIP passes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements to enter the St Albans Half Marathon races?
Runners must be the following ages to enter each race: Half Marathon – 17 years, Walking Half – 17 years, 5K – 11 years, 1.5 Mile Fun Run – All ages.
Are there cut-off times for the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, please see course details above for information on cut-off times.
When will I get my race pack for the St Albans Half Marathon?
Event packs will be sent two weeks before race day.
Can I enter on the day of the St Albans Half Marathon?
No, entries will not be accepted on the day of the event. Entries will close at midday on 10th June, but in the past some races sold out before the cut off.
Can I take my dog to the St Albans Half Marathon?
Sorry, no dogs are allowed in any of the races.
Can I run the St Albans Half Marathon in fancy dress?
Fancy dress is massively encouraged! There is even a prize for the best fancy dress runner, and the marshals will all be dressed up as well. This is a great opportunity to get dressed up with your friends and family and make a statement.
Can I wear headphones at the St Albans Half Marathon?
In the half marathon, you are not permitted to wear headphones or similar devices, unless medically prescribed. f you want to wear bone-conducting headphones you must declare it in your registration form, otherwise you may be disqualified..
Is the course suitable for a wheelchair at the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, the course is suitable for a wheelchair. The wheelchair race starts 10 minutes before the half marathon in order to avoid collisions. Please note that the start and finish line are both in the park and hence are on grass. There route also includes hills and speed bumps.
Are there toilets and changing facilities at the St Albans Half Marathon?
Yes, there are toilets situated on the route and in the Runner's Village and changing facilities available to entrants.
Where can I check my bags in for the St Albans Half Marathon?
A secure baggage area is available in the Runner's Village free of charge.

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A community focused event, St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the family. Those looking for a challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon or Walking Half, which takes you on a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans.



St Albans Half Marathon reviews (11)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • M


    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    A very hilly course however the organisation and finish lolly more than made up for this!!😀.
    Will be back next year
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    Simon W

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very well organised and 10 water points around the course which were well needed as it was quite hot!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Local support and marshals were great - everything from the pick up to the final clear up. I would love it if the fun run was not at the same time as the half marathon.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Was a lovely day for a run. Weather was kind for the time of year. Everything organised well at the start and all round the course. Lots of spectators to cheer you on. Quite hilly
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This was my first half. Really great event, so well organised. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great atmosphere. Hilly and hard half but with music and support on the route. 9!! Water stations! Not sure about the gels as I don’t use them.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Tough undulating course through the St. Albans countryside, but the ice lolly at the end makes it worthwhile.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Course is very hilly - if that's what you are after great but it's really tough. Organisation around the race was good, but we had spectators who asked several Marshalls about places to watch and none of them knew the area or suggested spots. Atmosphere on the course was great. Would probably do again but with some more hill training and some pre-planning for spectators.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very well organized. Plenty of water stations. Tough course but great surroundings.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    I ran this in 2017 and all I remember is it was a tough tough tough course! But today I decided to run and take it all in and enjoy it and it’s exactly what I did and I loved it and finished with a PB. Wanted to say a big thank you to all the volunteers as I didn’t say thanks along the way! I go into a zone and forget. But absolutely grateful for the jelly babies, all the water stops and cheers. Also wanted to say thanks to the 2hour pacers! They were amazing, they really kept me going and I stuck with the lady most of the way! Thanks for the pointers and tips to keep going strong!! Truly grateful
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