Half Marathons in United Kingdom

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JUL20
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The 401 Festival of Running - Nottingham
Edwinstowe, East Midlands, United Kingdom

Come and join us for 1 or 2 days of fun in the forest!

The 401 Festival of Running is coming to the beautiful setting of Sherwood Pines just outside Nottingham for the first time ever. During The 401 Challenge, the support from the local running community in and around the Nottingham area was outstanding, hence why we picked this location to launch one of our festivals. For this event, we have partnered with the lovely ladies at Notts Womens Runners.

With adult races including 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and our famous Festival Challenge (26.2 miles across the weekend!), plus 4 childrens races there is so much to choose from for the entire family to enjoy.

Enjoy good quality food and drink along with a FREE evening film in our events village just as the sun sets over the forest, this year it's The Goonies, a true classic!

Enjoy bespoke quality made bling (totally worth it!), along with the chance to buy a piece of our event merchandise all with a #bemoreeco twist.

Our events are designed to cater for everyone, no matter if you are a beginner or someone that likes to go flat out. Our events are made even more special because of our incredible volunteers who really add to the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the event across the weekend. Whether you are first or last over the finish line, youll be greeted by a smile and maybe even a hug. We want you to go away from this event with your confidence boosted and feeling great about yourself, because after all, thats what running is all about.

We cant wait to see you in July, its going to be epic!

£3.99 - £9.99
The 401 Festival of Running - Nottingham
JUL21
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The Caterham Rotary Half Marathon & 10k
Redhill, South East, United Kingdom

The Caterham Rotary Half Marathon & 10K starts and finishes at Redhill Aerodrome. Although the race is not completely traffic free, it takes place on the quiet country lanes around the Aerodrome. The course is undulating but should still give the opportunity for some fast times, plus it's suitable for the first time and experienced runners. The race is organised on behalf of The Rotary Club of Caterham (Charity no: 254116).

£15 - £25
The Caterham Rotary Half Marathon & 10k
JUL21
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Run Aintree 5K, 10K & Half – July
Liverpool, North West, United Kingdom

Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.

Each Mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish. Included in your entry fee is a themed medal, event t-shirt, water and post race goodies. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

£18 - £26
Run Aintree 5K, 10K & Half – July
JUL27
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Runthrough Lee Valley VeloPark - July
London, London, United Kingdom

The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split chip timed for you to view after the race. As one of the London 2012 Olympic venues you cant help but feel inspired to give it your all on this course as we are there to cheer you all the way round to the finish!

The Lee Valley VeloPark series returns, offering you a chance to run a Half Marathon, 10 Mile, 10k, 5k or Mile on this unique one mile Moto GP styled circuit. We also have a free kids mile for you to bring any young ones along with you and make a day of it.

Free - £22
Runthrough Lee Valley VeloPark - July
JUL28
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RunThrough Heaton 5k, 10k & Half - July
Manchester, North West, United Kingdom

This large park, just north of Manchester and home to a Grade 1 listed neoclassical 18th century house, is the perfect setting for a fun and frantic day out. Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this race is a great opportunity for a chip timed personal best. There will music, refreshments and a fantastic themed Heaton Park medal.

£18 - £21
RunThrough Heaton 5k, 10k & Half - July
JUL28
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Down Tow Up Flow - Half Marathon - July
Windsor, South East, United Kingdom

Run this gloriously scenic, flat, multi-terrain, point-to-point half marathon along the Thames towpath. You can park at the finish in Windsor and take the coach provided to the start - once you've finished the race your car will be there waiting for you. Spectator friendly route and finish area with refreshments in a stunning part of the British countryside, so bring the family!

£23 - £25
Down Tow Up Flow - Half Marathon - July
AUG3
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Victoria Park 5K, 10K & Half - August
London, London, United Kingdom

Come and run a chip timed 5k, 10k, or half marathon through the incredible grounds of Londons Victoria Park. This course is not only flat and fast, but also inspiring. The event is a great opportunity for a quick time and a fun morning out with a unique themed medal waiting for you at the finish!

Included is a themed medal, water, fruit & mince pies! Each kilometre is accurately marked out with distance flags and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there

£18 - £26
Victoria Park 5K, 10K & Half - August
AUG4
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RunThrough Wimbledon Common Half Marathon – August
London, London, United Kingdom

Join us for another Wimbledon Common Half Marathon! Starting at 9.30am, this picturesque course takes you running through the stunning grounds of Wimbledon Common to cover the Half Marathon distance. Each mile is accurately marked out with sign posts and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

£30
RunThrough Wimbledon Common Half Marathon – August
AUG4
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Vanguard Way Marathon and Half Marathon
Greater London, London, United Kingdom

We will run part of the Vanguard Way Route The whole national trail is 66 miles from East Croydon to Newhaven on the South Coast it is an exceptionally varied and beautiful course for both walkers and runners. An out 13.1 mile and back 13.1mile route following the undulating route. You will see the most amazing scenery along the way.

£32 - £38
Vanguard Way Marathon and Half Marathon
AUG10
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

A choice of two Summer runs starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre (Kingston), proceeding towards the Thames Path on an out and back flat and fast scenic riverside route that is very well marked and marshalled all the way along. Both the half marathon and the marathon courses are both at and fast so were expecting some great PBs.

£30 - £40
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
AUG11
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South Coast Run
Seaford, South East, United Kingdom

The South Coast Half Marathon, 10K and 5K take place in and around the town of Seaford in East Sussex.

The course is lapped and takes in the scenic views from the seafront.

The event is aimed at all abilities, whether you are a beginner, experienced or professional in running the race guarantees large crowds to cheer you along!

If the Half Marathon is not for you then the South Coast 10K or the 5K take place on the same day, over the same course.

Chip timed event.

£15 - £25
South Coast Run
AUG18
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The Clacton Half Marathon & 10k
Clacton-on-Sea, East of England, United Kingdom

The Clacton Half Marathon and 10k returns to Clacton and is held as part of the Clacton Carnival. The Half Marathon is a flat out and back course along the seafront and is ideally suited to runners of all standards.

If the Half Marathon isn't quite your distance then why not try the Clacton 10k? A fast and flat 10k along the seafront which will suit runners new to the 10k distance or those hoping for a fast time.

The Clacton Carnival Golden Mile Fun Run should appeal to sprinters of all ages, sizes and abilities. Test yourself against the best on this pancake flat 1 Mile course.

Bespoke medals and finish line goodies are on offer to all finishers.

£3 - £22
The Clacton Half Marathon & 10k
AUG18
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Hillsborough Castle Running Festival
Hillsborough, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

We are excited to announce the BRAND NEW Hillsborough Castle Running Festival, including family races, a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon! Come and run the inaugural event at Hillsborough Castle on Sunday 18th August 2019 and take the opportunity to race around this unique location!

£10 - £24
Hillsborough Castle Running Festival
AUG18
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Whitworth Trail Marathon
Whitworth, North West, United Kingdom

The WTM really brings something new and fresh to trail running. The route showcases some of the areas hidden treasures, and will take you to locations new. Routes all fully marked for an easy days trail running without the need for to much thought!

£20 - £35
Whitworth Trail Marathon
AUG24
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The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead
Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Come and join us for 1 or 2 days of fun by the seaside!

The 401 Festival of Running is coming back for the 3rd year to the sunny town of Portishead on the North Somerset coast near Bristol. With amazing views over the Bristol Channel, out to Wales and of the Severn Bridge Crossings, watch as the ships pass within metres of the Events Village, such an amazing backdrop to what is fast becoming an event you dont want to miss.

With adult races including 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and our famous Festival Challenge (26.2 miles across the weekend!), plus 4 childrens races there is so much to choose from for the entire family to enjoy.

Enjoy good quality food and drink along with a FREE evening film in our events village just as the sun sets over the forest, this year it's The Goonies, a true classic!

Enjoy bespoke quality made bling (totally worth it!), along with the chance to buy a piece of our event merchandise all with a #bemoreeco twist.

Our events are designed to cater for everyone, no matter if you are a beginner or someone that likes to go flat out. Our events are made even more special because of our incredible volunteers who really add to the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the event across the weekend. Whether you are first or last over the finish line, youll be greeted by a smile and maybe even a hug. We want you to go away from this event with your confidence boosted and feeling great about yourself, because after all, thats what running is all about.

We cant wait to see you in August, its going to be epic!

£3.99 - £59.99
The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead
AUG24
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The Big Day Out
Okehampton, South West, United Kingdom

A real taste of Dartmoor trail running. A fully marked and marshalled course with 2 drinks and refuelling stops. Bespoke medal to all finishers. Bespoke t-shirts can be. purchased in the application process.

£34 - £107
The Big Day Out
AUG24
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Wild West Beer Bonanza 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

Saddle up for THE race of the summer on 24th August! With Rodeo bull, medieval stocks, LAPD Law Enforcement officers & REAL LAPD car, music, pizza, BBQ, beer, prosecco and much, much more, it's the rootin'est tootin'est family event of the summer!

£15 - £31
Wild West Beer Bonanza 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon
AUG25
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RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – August
London, London, United Kingdom

The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split chip timed for you to view after the race. As one of the London 2012 Olympic venues you cant help but feel inspired to give it your all on this course as we are there to cheer you all the way round to the finish!

The Lee Valley VeloPark series returns, offering you a chance to run a Half Marathon, 10 Mile, 10k, 5k or Mile on this unique one mile Moto GP styled circuit. We also have a free kids mile for you to bring any young ones along with you and make a day of it.

Free - £22
RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – August
AUG25
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Woldingham Marathon & Half Marathon
Woldingham, South East, United Kingdom

The Woldingham Half and Full will be an out and back course (once for the half, twice for the full marathon). The race will start at Woldingham School itself and head on out of the gates along the private road along the green valley heading south towards the North Downs Way for about 1 mile at the end road we turn left of the side of the hill between bushes and fence eventually reach an open area with amazing views south of Kent and Surrey and the distant M25.

£34 - £38
Woldingham Marathon & Half Marathon
AUG26
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Canterbury Half Marathon
Canterbury, South East, United Kingdom

A popular part of the Kent sporting calendar, the Canterbury Half Marathon returns again in 2019. Organised to support Pilgrims Hospices by Nice Work, the race attracts a large Bank Holiday Monday entry to confirm its position as one of Kent's favourite half marathons.

The course is challenging and covers the quiet country lanes on the outskirts of the city.

£4 - £24
Canterbury Half Marathon
SEP1
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Onetrack1000
London, London, United Kingdom

Welcome to Onetrack1000, a 1000-mile run to save our oceans in support of Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE). To mark World Oceans Day, Onetrack Club teamed up with BLUE to launch a run with a twist: 200 runners will work together to achieve a shared goal of 1000 miles on one track, on one day, and most importantly, raise 100,000 for BLUE.

Sign up now to a 5k, 10k or half marathon and help protect a piece of the ocean on home surf!

£45
Onetrack1000
SEP1
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Maidenhead - Half Marathon & Fun Run - September
Maidenhead, South East, United Kingdom

A great opportunity to run on closed roads on a fast, flat course! Voted 3rd in the 'Pb Potential' category in Runners World Races of the Year 2013 Awards. Suitable for beginners, PB-Hunters and competitive athletes alike.

Now in its 9th year, the Maidenhead Half Marathon is an established favourite in the local race calendar: it is known for its enthusiastic spectator support, impeccable organisation, and most of all its undisputed PB-potential. Held on closed roads around urban Maidenhead and scenic Cookham, this is a fast race on a flat course, and will delight everyone whether you want to improve your race time or embark on your very first half marathon.

£10 - £34
Maidenhead - Half Marathon & Fun Run - September
SEP1
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Cheshire Half Marathon
Siddington, North West, United Kingdom

The Cheshire Half starts and finishes outside the stunning Capesthorne Hall and runs around the flat and rural closed roads of Cheshire, this Run Britain/UKA licensed, officially measured Cheshire Half Marathon distance road race offers the perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to get a chip timed personal best over 13.1 miles.

£26
Cheshire Half Marathon
SEP1
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Andover Trail Half Marathon
Enham Alamein, South East, United Kingdom

13.1 miles full marked course with all the stunning views North Hampshire has to offer.

This event will be chip timed with instant results.

A very chilled out event for all level of runner with a great family atmosphere

£25
Andover Trail Half Marathon
SEP1
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Andover Trail Marathon
Enham Alamein, South East, United Kingdom

26.2 miles of everything North Hampshire has to offer! From thigh-burning climbs with a maximum elevation of 280m, to fast downhill sections taking in the the views of the beautiful meadows and valleys.

This is a perfect race for those more seasoned runners looking for a PB, and great for those looking for a challenge with generous cutoffs and a friendly, family atmosphere.

£25 - £35
Andover Trail Marathon
SEP1
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Kenilworth Half Marathon
Kenilworth, West Midlands, United Kingdom

A new 2 lap fast course starting and finishing in the town centre and going through Kenilworth Castle

We have a new main sponsor WASPS RUGBY CLUB


The course has a rolling road closure in place.

Every Runner gets 2 tickets to WASPS first game of the season, large 20th Anniversary Medal, Stunning Black and Gold Long Sleeved Technical Shirt plus goody bag..

£22 - £29
Kenilworth Half Marathon
SEP1
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Bridgwater Half Marathon
Bridgwater, South West, United Kingdom

The Bridgwater Half Marathon, in aid of Cancer Research, features a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k route. Expect over 200 runners showing their support for Cancer Research UK by pounding the pavement for this event.

The 5k Fun Run is popular with families and fundraisers alike. The run is organised by Bridgwater and District Friends of Cancer Research UK and Bridgwater's own Ramblers Carnival Club.

£8 - £20.50
Bridgwater Half Marathon
SEP7
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Conquer Crystal Palace 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
London, London, United Kingdom

It's time to conquer our Crystal Palace 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon and have a morning out with family, friends, or colleagues and be part of this great event. Take on the ups and downs of Crystal Palace Park. Running around the stunning venue, join us to challenge yourself and meet a load of great people, make new friends and get your Fix Addiction!

£17 - £32.50
Conquer Crystal Palace 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
SEP8
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The Beast of Bedford Half Marathon and Triathlon
Bedford, East of England, United Kingdom

The Beast of Bedford Half Marathon will have its inaugural event this summer at Box End Park.

This event is run & delivered by an experienced race organiser who is a local swimmer and triathlete explorer groups and the Box End venue, this event is going to be a great opportunity for newbies and experienced participants to enjoy together.

£30 - £120
The Beast of Bedford Half Marathon and Triathlon
SEP8
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Running Grand Prix at Mercedes-Benz World – September
Weybridge, South East, United Kingdom

Join us for a unique opportunity to run at this Surrey Half Marathon, 10k or 5k around the incredible Mercedes-Benz World Circuit, organised by RunThrough Events. Enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course and racing your way to a new chip timed personal best on this smooth, traffic-free tarmac motor circuit!

£21
Running Grand Prix at Mercedes-Benz World – September
SEP15
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Richmond Running Festival
Richmond, London, United Kingdom

Lace up get ready for this full range of races in the exclusive Kew Gardens. Friends and family can enjoy free entry to the Gardens and you will love the food on offer and live music of the 2-day festival. Come for the Nike tech t-shirt and finisher's medal.

£7 - £46
Richmond Running Festival
SEP15
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Cransley Hospice Road Races
Kettering, East Midlands, United Kingdom

Once again, the picturesque village of Cranford will host the annual Cransley Hospice Road Races, sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

Last year our flagship event attracted over 400 runners collectively across the three events; the 10k, Half Marathon, and 2.3k Junior Run.

£5 - £22
Cransley Hospice Road Races
SEP22
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RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - September
Chichester, South East, United Kingdom

Join us for a unique opportunity to run a Half Marathon, Marathon, 20 mile, 10k & 5k at Goodwood Motor Circuit organised by RunThrough Events. Run at the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, home to the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, and enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course and racing your way to a new chip timed personal best on this smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

£21 - £32
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - September
SEP28
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RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – September
London, London, United Kingdom

The Lee Valley VeloParks one mile floodlit road circuit is the perfect course to test yourself over a new distance or check your pacing with each mile split chip timed for you to view after the race. As one of the London 2012 Olympic venues you cant help but feel inspired to give it your all on this course as we are there to cheer you all the way round to the finish!

The Lee Valley VeloPark series returns on Saturday 27th April offering you a chance to run a Half Marathon, 10 Mile, 10k, 5k or Mile on this unique one mile Moto GP styled circuit. We also have a free kids mile for you to bring any young ones along with you and make a day of it.

£10 - £22
RunThrough Lee Valley VeloPark – September
SEP29
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Cheltenham Half Marathon
Cheltenham, South West, United Kingdom

The Still Moving Cheltenham's Half Marathon is set in the heart of this beautiful regency town and has been designed to show off its splendour and Cotswold charm. Now moving into its seventh year, this popular half marathon has grown in size and is now hosted at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse.

£5.50 - £38
Cheltenham Half Marathon
SEP29
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Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon
Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

The Robin Hood Marathon, is a race in Nottingham, England held every year since 1981. The race today incorporates a half-marathon, and a fun-run, in addition to the full marathon.

The Nottingham Post Corporate Challenge is a fantastic event but more importantly it is an opportunity for businesses to give back to the community we live and work in. With the corporate challenge you get to run in a mass participation race with your colleagues or friends and raise money for good causes, have fun and get fit. Everyone wins!

£13.95 - £81
Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon
OCT5
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Atlantic Coast Half Marathon
Upton Towans, South West, United Kingdom

A new addition to the Atlantic Coast Challenge family of events!

The route starts at Portreath and follows the coast all the way down to Hayle River Mouth and finishes at St Ives Bay Holiday Park.

£30
Atlantic Coast Half Marathon
OCT5
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Run Aintree - October
Liverpool, North West, United Kingdom

Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at the world famous Aintree Racecourse, best known for annually holding the world-famous Grand National steeplechase.

Each Mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish. Included in your entry fee is a themed medal, water and post race goodies. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

£18 - £26
Run Aintree - October
OCT6
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RunThrough Colchester Stampede Half Marathon
Colchester, East of England, United Kingdom

We are excited to announce the brand new Colchester Stampede half marathon! You will have the unique chance to run the first ever Colchester Stampede 10km and half marathon at Colchester Zoo. Come and run at Colchester zoo, home to over 260 species and set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes!

£34
RunThrough Colchester Stampede Half Marathon
OCT6
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Putney & Fulham Half Marathon
London, London, United Kingdom

Make sure you dont miss this opportunity to run through the streets of Putney & Fulham! The event has a great vibe and is well supported by local organisations.

The race starts and finishes at the Barn Elms Sports Centre in Barnes, London situated by the River Thames.

£27 - £29
Putney & Fulham Half Marathon
OCT6
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The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon is fast, flat and scenic. It starts and finishes in the Ancient Market Place in Kingston town centre. The race starts at 08.30 on a closed road section and takes in Kingston Centre before heading out along the river and back through North Kingston. After 5 miles it follows the River to up to Hampton Court before returning to the historic market.

£32 - £34
The Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
OCT6
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Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon
Chichester, South East, United Kingdom

Welcome to the Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon Event.

The event takes place on Sunday 6th October 2019 and we have three fantastic races on offer: the Half Marathon, The Ten Miler, and Half Marathon Relay.

All races include a mixture of road, cross country, and cycle path terrain. The routes take in the historic sites of Chichester, including the Cathedral and the city walls, before heading up to the pinnacle of the South Downs - the Trundle - and winding back down to Chichester via the Centurion Way.

£27 - £31
Children on the Edge Chichester Half Marathon
OCT6
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The Tonbridge Half Marathon
Tonbridge, South East, United Kingdom

Following yet another fantastic year in 2018 the Tonbridge Half Marathon returns for a 9th time in 2019.

The route is an accurately measured pan shaped course starting in south Tonbridge. It will take runners along closed roads with plenty of crowd support especially through the attractive village of Leigh, both on your way out and again on the way back, and when you finish back in Tonbridge. There will be four water stations on the course with toilet facilities.

The race will once again be looking to attract runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to half marathon running.

£24.10 - £26.10
The Tonbridge Half Marathon
OCT13
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RunThrough Wimbledon Common Half Marathon – October
London, London, United Kingdom

Join us for another Wimbledon Common Half Marathon! Starting at 9.30am, this picturesque course takes you running through the stunning grounds of Wimbledon Common to cover the Half Marathon distance. Each mile is accurately marked out with sign posts and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish.

£30
RunThrough Wimbledon Common Half Marathon – October
OCT13
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Exeter’s Great West Run
Exeter, South West, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic half marathon taking place on fully closed roads. Featuring plenty of on course entertainment, the 3 different distance choices are open irrespective of ability, making this great for the whole family.

£5.50 - £38
Exeter’s Great West Run
OCT13
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Windsor Lakeside Half Marathon & 10K
Windsor, South East, United Kingdom

Make sure you dont miss this opportunity of running a Half Marathon in one of The London 2012 olympic venues. The Windsor Lakeside Half Marathon is traffic free and run inside this most scenic and historic grounds.

£22 - £29
Windsor Lakeside Half Marathon & 10K
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About Half Marathons in the UK

Half Marathons are the among the most popular running events in the United Kingdom. A half marathon is a running race, usually taking place on roads (rather than trails), over a distance of 13.1 miles (21.1km). There are over 500 half marathons happening in the UK every year, including the largest half marathon in the world, the Great North Run which takes place in Newcastle in September and attracts more than 57,000 runners. If you're looking to make the jump to the full 26.2 miles, check out our list of UK marathons, or if you're after something shorter or want a training race, here is our calendar of 10k runs.

What are the best half marathons?

If it's big crowds and closed roads that you're after, take on one of the UK's big city halfs. Hackney Half, Reading Half, Bath Half, The Big Half, London Landmarks Half Marathon all take place in the spring, or if you prefer to wait and get your training in during the summer months The Great Birmingham Run, Royal Parks Half, Cardiff Half, and of course the legendary Great North Run are amongst the big autumn races. Many of these hugely popular races sell out fast or use a ballot entry, so make sure get your name down in time.

If you're after something more local, there are hundreds of smaller races all over the country organised by local running clubs and race directors. For those willing to pack up their running shoes and travel a bit further for the race of a lifetime, why not take a look at our pick of the World's Top 12 Half Marathons.

How far is a half marathon?

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.1 km long, exactly half the length of a marathon. The men's world record for a half marathon is 58:18 minutes, and is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum and the women's record is 64:51 minutes, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei, also from Kenya. Both set at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain. The average half marathon finish time across all runners over the last few years is about 1h54m for men, and 2h10m for women.

How long do I need to train for a half marathon?

Training for any long-distance event takes time, and you should make sure you build up your training gradually to avoid injury. If you're starting from a position where you are not running regularly, you might want 12 weeks of dedicated training in the run up to your half marathon. If you are already in the habit of running, and 8 week plan might be appropriate, and experienced runners may only require 6 weeks to get race ready. Check out our 8 week training plan.

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