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11 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


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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Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
  2. 5k Race

    Run 5km
  3. Walking Half

    Run 13.1mi
  4. Wheelchair Half

    Run 13.1mi
  5. 1.5 Mile Fun Run

    Run 1.5mi

St Albans Half Marathon routes

Half Marathon/Walking Half/Wheelchair Half

Starting and finishing in Verulamium Park, the St Albans Half Marathon will take you through the stunning country lanes of St Albans. Although you may come across a hill or two, the view from the top makes it worthwhile. Known as the friendliest Half Marathon in the area, our marshals will cheer you on and entertain you with their fancy dress, and the free ice lolly waiting for you at the finish line is sure to get you through those last few miles!

5K race

With a route around the stunning Verulamium Park, this 5k is perfect for anyone! Whether you're a budding athlete looking to beat your personal best or new to running and wanting to tackle a shorter distance, our marshals will cheer you on and entertain you with their fancy dress the whole way round. And the free ice lolly waiting for you at the finish line is sure to get you through those last few kilometers!

Event details

  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Closed roads
  • Flat
  • Mixed
  • Race packs are posted
  • 8000 participants

From the organizer

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St Albans Half Marathon are ranked #96 in the UK out of 505 organizers

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.

Our 5K is open to everyone over 11 and takes you on a route around Verulamium Park. Youll still experience the great atmosphere we are famous for and help to support local charities and organisations!

And why not get the kids started early with our 1.5mile Fun Run? The whole family can enter this event, getting everyone fit and active for the start of summer.

What’s Included

All finishers will receive:

  • Unique medal
  • T-shirt
  • Water and an ice lolly at the finish
  • Fully marshalled with professional medical cover provided throughout the course


Half Marathon - There will be a presentation of prizes to the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female runners only. Additional prizes for the categories below will be sent to runners following the event.

    Male Under 40yrs
    Male Vets 40 - 49yrs
    Male Super Vets 50+
    Male SS Vets 60+

    Female Under 35yrs
    Female Vets 35 – 44yrs
    Female Super Vets 45+
    Female SS Vets 55+

5K - Top 3 male and female in our two categories 11-16 years and 17+ will receive a prize on the day.

Walking Half - 3 spot prizes.

Raceday Logistics

Event Timetable:

  • 08:30 - Walking Half Marathon
  • 08:50 - 5k Race start
  • 09:50 - Wheelchair Half Marathon start
  • 10:00 - Half Marathon start
  • 10:15 - 1.5 Mile Fun Run start

Race Pack Collection:

You can collect your race pack at any of the following times:

Tues 9th June (4pm-7pm)
Weds 10th June (9am -1pm)
Thurs 11th June (3pm-6pm)
Sat 13th June (10am -3pm)
Sun 14th June (from 7am in Runners Village)

There are three spectator viewing areas along the route, please see the map above. There are also lots of spaces along our finish line, which your family can cheer you on from.



There are shower and changing facilities in the Abbey View building which are free for all runners to use. There are changing facilities in the runner's village.

A secure baggage area available in the Runner's Village free of charge.

Can I enter on the day of the event?

No, we do not accept entries on the day of the event.

Can I take my dog?

Sorry, no dogs are allowed in any of the races.

Can I run in fancy dress?

Yes, we encourage you to! Fancy dress helps to make the race really fun for spectators, families and runners alike. There’s even a prize for the best fancy dress, so get your thinking caps on!

Can I wear headphones?

This only applies to the Half Marathon.

The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway roads. Under UKA rules, you are allowed to wear bone-conducting headphones. We will be allowing the use of Bone Conduction headphones ONLY for the running half marathon but the runner must declare this in their registration form before the event or they may still be disqualified

Any runner seen using any other form of headphone or who has not declared using bone conduction headphones will be disqualified. The Race Director has taken advice and in-line with current UKA rules and BARR recommendations on health and safety grounds when establishing our head phone policy. Please respect our rules, we don't have many!

Is the course fully marshalled?

Yes, we are known for our loyal, enthusiastic and encouraging marshals. We could not run the event without the continuous support from the local voluntary organisations that help us marshal the event.

Is the course suitable for a wheelchair?

Yes, the course is suitable for a wheelchair. We have a wheelchair race which will start 10 minutes before the half marathon race, so as to avoid collisions. Please be aware that the start and finish line are both in the park and hence are on grass. There are also hills and speed bumps on the route. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 01727819327 and we will be able to advise you.

​Why is the walking half marathon not a race?

Due to the whole route not being closed to traffic, we're unable to make it an official race. The event is chip timed so participants can get an official time. There are also spot prizes available for 3 walkers.

I don’t know whether to do the half marathon or walking half?

Walking events is strictly walking so suitable if you have no intention to run.

The running half marathon has a time limit of 3h 15mins so you could walk parts but you need to have the intention to jog a good percentage of it.

Is there a pre-race warm up?

Yes, there will be a warm up led by an instructor on the stage before each race.

What time should we get there?

Participants gather at the start line 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time. There are plenty of activities to do in the Runner's Village pre and post races so we recommend 1 hour before your event starts.

St Albans Half Marathon weather forecast

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St Albans Half Marathon reviews (11)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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
  • S

    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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