Half Marathons in Bath

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MAY12
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Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

The Stroud Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are a fabulous & challenging mixture of local trails, Cotswold hills, famous Towpaths, disused Railway Tracks, nationally acclaimed Common Land and of course the amazing views on the Cotswold Edge all in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

12 King St, Stroud GL5 3DE, UKView event
1 review
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From the organiser

The Stroud Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are a fabulous & challenging mixture of local trails, Cotswold hills, famous Towpaths, disused Railway Tracks, nationally acclaimed Common Land and of course the amazing views on the Cotswold Edge all in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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  • Did the event in 2018

    I arrived in the centre of Stroud an hour before the race started at 7am parking in one of the towns car parks which were free to park in on a Sunday and there were lots of them scattered around. It was a short walk to the start and the registration and I collected my race number no problem and without any waiting. 5 minutes before the start we were given a race briefing in a small courtyard before being set off.The course was beautiful and 95% trail, it took us through woods, across fields along foot paths and along the canal. It was a tough course with some killer hills but the views at the top of them were definitely worth the effort.The aid stations were very basic, offering water and towards the end bottles of sports drink, but the people running the stations were very friendly and super supportive.At the end I received a medal, finishers t-shirt and a goodie bag with drink, flapjack and crisps.I really enjoyed the challenge of the hills and the fantastic views that this race offered
£22 - £49
Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
JUL21
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Frome Half Marathon - 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Junior Race - July

The Frome Half Marathon 2019 will be held on the 21st July. All races start at the Frome Town Football Ground at 10:00 am and make their way through the streets of the town and surrounding countryside returning through the Town centre to the Frome Town football Ground for the finish line. Sign up now to guarantee your place!

6 reviews
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Frome Half Marathon - 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Junior Race - July

8 King St, Frome BA11 1BT, UKView event
6 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

The Frome Half Marathon 2019 will be held on the 21st July. All races start at the Frome Town Football Ground at 10:00 am and make their way through the streets of the town and surrounding countryside returning through the Town centre to the Frome Town football Ground for the finish line. Sign up now to guarantee your place!

Reviews
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Very good race, really friendly atmosphere among the runners and supporters. Incredible route out in the country side, very different to most half marathons that are organised in cities. Very hilly course, so not a quick run but still very enjoyable if taking it at a slower pace.
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Very hot.. very well organised... the locals where awesome too... hosepipes and water was a plenty all around the course.Thank you Frome you did yourselves proud... who knows might even do the Half Marathon next year!!Thank you
  • Did the 5k in 2018

    Didn't do it, and I'm finding this email very annoying. Thanks for reminding me I had to pull out
£5 - £25
Frome Half Marathon - 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Junior Race - July
MAY12
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – May

A truly special race that not only takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions but also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

Cutting right under the city of Bath, the two tunnels offer a truly unique running experience. The Somerset & Dorset Railway closed in 1966 and until April 2013 the tunnels have been sealed and inaccessible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Two Tunnels Group and Sustrans over 7 years, the two tunnels now have a new lease of life as a shared use path. The first tunnel; The Devonshire Tunnel is 408m long and the second Combe Down Tunnel is 1672m long. Both tunnels are well lit and well surfaced and have recently been converted into a shared use path for the enjoyments of runners, walkers, and cyclists looking to make the most of the city whilst remaining a flatter ground.

With a marathon, 3 different half marathons, 2 different 10kms, 5kms and 500m races there are events for all the family, and if they are not taking part, bring your friends and family to cheer you on; our start and finish will be in Brickfields Park in the middle of the city. A green park complete with children's playground and table tennis table, a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic after the race.

4 reviews
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Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – May

47 King George's Rd, Bath BA2 1BJ, UKView event
4 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

A truly special race that not only takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions but also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

Cutting right under the city of Bath, the two tunnels offer a truly unique running experience. The Somerset & Dorset Railway closed in 1966 and until April 2013 the tunnels have been sealed and inaccessible. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Two Tunnels Group and Sustrans over 7 years, the two tunnels now have a new lease of life as a shared use path. The first tunnel; The Devonshire Tunnel is 408m long and the second Combe Down Tunnel is 1672m long. Both tunnels are well lit and well surfaced and have recently been converted into a shared use path for the enjoyments of runners, walkers, and cyclists looking to make the most of the city whilst remaining a flatter ground.

With a marathon, 3 different half marathons, 2 different 10kms, 5kms and 500m races there are events for all the family, and if they are not taking part, bring your friends and family to cheer you on; our start and finish will be in Brickfields Park in the middle of the city. A green park complete with children's playground and table tennis table, a great spot to sit and enjoy a picnic after the race.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    Due to the Bath Half being cancelled because of the snow, I chose this race as an alternative race so that my training would not be wasted and so I felt that I had earned the generous sponsorship I had received. The two tunnels are a fantastic place to run, and as it was a very hot day the coolness of the tunnels was a hugely welcome relief! The route had more inclines than I had expected, but it was overall a fairly flat route. Great water/fuel stations and fantastic support from the marshalls and the locals.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Having completed the Bath Two Tunnels in February, i decided to run the 5km event again but this time in May.The Bath Two Tunnels is a fantastic run for all abilities with great support from spectators and organisers.I have entered for all 4 races in the series one of which is a 10km, entering the 10km i will be able to run through the second tunnel which is longer than the first tunnel and i can not wait.
  • Did the event in 2017

    This is a realy interesting course, starting on playing fields before heading down onto the cycle path which leads you through two tunnels. The first is about a quarter of a mile long and the second about a mile.This was my second time running it, and I enjoyed as much as the first! The course gently rises for the first few kilometers before hitting the tunnels. Afterwards it's generally a gentle downhill until the 5k turn point.It's not a pb course i don't think, with a pinch point near the start that slows many to a walk as people filter through and the cycle track isn't closed to the public for the day so you will ncounter many a cyclist and walker on your route, which can be a bit of a squeeze in the tunnels, but nevertheless i really like the course and i'll be back for sessions three and four later this year.I mustn't forget the interlinking series medals too! I'm halfway to making a complete train from them this year :)
£13 - £33
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – May
OCT27
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Kiwi Trail Run

Starting on the edge of Salisbury plain, near to Bulford camp, in the shadow of the kiwi, this Half, 10 km and 5 km multi-terrain trail run to include, track, trail, and a little bit of woodland mostly flat.

All routes will start at the old carter barracks.

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Kiwi Trail Run

26 Newmans Way, Bulford, Salisbury SP4 9HT, UKView event
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Starting on the edge of Salisbury plain, near to Bulford camp, in the shadow of the kiwi, this Half, 10 km and 5 km multi-terrain trail run to include, track, trail, and a little bit of woodland mostly flat.

All routes will start at the old carter barracks.

£12.50 - £27.50
Kiwi Trail Run
JUN9
Lacock Road Races

Step back in time at the wonderfully preserved National Trust Village of Lacock. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. Its oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey but since the loss of the village's main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal.

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Lacock Road Races

1 High St, Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LQ, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

Step back in time at the wonderfully preserved National Trust Village of Lacock. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. Its oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey but since the loss of the village's main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal.

Reviews
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    Beautiful course, Lacock is lovely, and i was impressed at the turnout. I probably should have seen before I got there but slightly frustrating that the 10k course was two laps of the 5k, especially when they were running a half marathon that day as well! A very friendly race through the countryside, with a couple of sneaky hills in it, but such a nice area we will probably be back.
£5 - £32
Lacock Road Races
AUG18
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – August

A fast out and back course with lots of PB potential through Bath's Combe Down and Devonshire Tunnels - disused railway tunnels which until 2013 were sealed and inaccessible. This unique and truly special race takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, and also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

7 reviews
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Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – August

47 King George's Rd, Bath BA2 1BJ, UKView event
7 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

A fast out and back course with lots of PB potential through Bath's Combe Down and Devonshire Tunnels - disused railway tunnels which until 2013 were sealed and inaccessible. This unique and truly special race takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, and also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

Reviews
  • Did the 10k in 2018

    It was hot!! The event organisers planned for this with lots of reminders about how to run the race prior to setting us off. This was a brilliant event. I thoroughly enjoyed running this race and will definitely do it again!
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Great organisation and brilliant food stops. Everything was covered in email including park & ride etc
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Food stations were amazing. Organisation and transport to and from park and ride. Stress free marathon. Planning to do it again next year
£8 - £60
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – August
JUN9
Heron Half Marathon

Welcome to the Heron Half, hosted by Yeovil Town Road Running Club. The event is being held at the Athletics Track at RNAS Yeovilton by kind permission from Commodore Nick Tindal. The event is in aid of 2 charities; The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

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Heron Half Marathon

Taranto Way, Yeovil BA22 8HT, UKView event
2 reviews
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From the organiser

Welcome to the Heron Half, hosted by Yeovil Town Road Running Club. The event is being held at the Athletics Track at RNAS Yeovilton by kind permission from Commodore Nick Tindal. The event is in aid of 2 charities; The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    On arrival i was welcomed by the Yeovil runner's club and marshalls.In the race village you could get all different types of food for after the race. First off is the Yeovil Marathon .it starts a hour before the Half Marathon . Once in to the race you run along a main road out of Yeovilton headed to the country side rouds though some very nice village's . The surport from the locals is fantastic and the marshalls do all they can to make sure you safe .when running in to the sport's ground to the finish line all the people and family's are cheering you to the finish.  You get a great medal and T-shirt and goodie bag. This is a very friendly race and worth doing.
  • Did the event in 2018

    This race is a hidden gem on the Somerset running calendar. On arrival at the venue the atmosphere was brilliant. There was a real emphasis on this being a day out not just for the competitors but also family and friends who had come to support. The marathon started at 9am with the half starting an hour later. As we lined up on the sports track for the start of the half we were given our race brief. The race was well marshaled on open roads . The first 2.5 miles was on a fairly busy b road before heading into quieter roads. There were drinks stations every 3 miles which were well received on a warm day. There wasn't a huge amount of support out on the course due to its very remote location. The remoteness made for a testing run especially around the 8-10 mile mark. I managed to get over this blip and pushed on from the 10 mile point, spurred on by the fact I was on for a good pb and also I had a fellow club member in sight. The finish was on the sports track and I got a huge lift as I entered the final stretch with plenty of people cheering me on to a new pb of 1hr 32:45. All finishers received a really good medal, t-shirt and goody bag. There was also plenty of entertainment going on and the added bonus of a bar and various food stands. All in all a good race personally and my family that came to watch enjoyed their day out too. If you want to shoot for a pb this is the race for you
£22 - £24
Heron Half Marathon
SEP15
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Simplyhealth Great Bristol Run

Achieve your half marathon goal this autumn while enjoying the best of Bristol. This run with a view takes you past the iconic Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Are you up for the challenge?

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Simplyhealth Great Bristol Run

Grosvenor Casino, 266 Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UKView event
2 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

Achieve your half marathon goal this autumn while enjoying the best of Bristol. This run with a view takes you past the iconic Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Are you up for the challenge?

Reviews
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    If you have ran the Bristol 10k this would be a natural progression. Similar route and again a great crowd who come out to support.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Luckily the weather improved and it stopped raining shorly before the race.For my first half marathon the race was extremely well organised. Everything was well signposted and easy to find.The regular live music stands dotted around the course were a welcome sight and along with the huge turn of supports provided motivation.
£40
Simplyhealth Great Bristol Run
AUG25
The 401 Festival of Running – Sunday

Starting on 1st September 2015, Ben Smith famously set off on a journey of a lifetime to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. His feat made headline news and as well as encouraging almost 10,000 runners to share in his journey, Ben raised over 330,000 for two anti bullying charities and raised the much needed awareness of bullying in the UK.

Ben's adventure may be over, but his journey is not complete and the work continues to carry on the legacy of The 401 Challenge. The setup of The 401 Foundation which offers grants to grassroots projects that focus their efforts on building confidence and self esteem along with tackling mental health and self development issues for all ages is that legacy.

So, why not join us for the return of this fantastic event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through their second Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete a series of four distance events including the 401 6.1km to complete the marathon distance. You will also receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben's home town.

The Saturday event will kick off with the 401 5k, followed by The 401 500m, The 401 One Mile Dash and The 401 Half Marathon. Followed by The 401 After Party, with food and music! Come dressed in your favourite bright clothes and light accessories to help illuminate the course! The brighter the better, be creative!

Sunday will see The 401 10k, as well as a chance for the Young Runners to do the double and complete the 500m and One Mile Dashes. And for those who have entered the festival will finish the weekend with the new 401 6.1km to complete the iconic marathon distance!

Bespoke medals on offer to all finishers plus prizes and trophies available for leading runners in all races, plus top three overall male and female for those who enter The 401 Foundation Challenge!

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The 401 Festival of Running – Sunday

Lake Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7JE, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

Starting on 1st September 2015, Ben Smith famously set off on a journey of a lifetime to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. His feat made headline news and as well as encouraging almost 10,000 runners to share in his journey, Ben raised over 330,000 for two anti bullying charities and raised the much needed awareness of bullying in the UK.

Ben's adventure may be over, but his journey is not complete and the work continues to carry on the legacy of The 401 Challenge. The setup of The 401 Foundation which offers grants to grassroots projects that focus their efforts on building confidence and self esteem along with tackling mental health and self development issues for all ages is that legacy.

So, why not join us for the return of this fantastic event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through their second Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete a series of four distance events including the 401 6.1km to complete the marathon distance. You will also receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben's home town.

The Saturday event will kick off with the 401 5k, followed by The 401 500m, The 401 One Mile Dash and The 401 Half Marathon. Followed by The 401 After Party, with food and music! Come dressed in your favourite bright clothes and light accessories to help illuminate the course! The brighter the better, be creative!

Sunday will see The 401 10k, as well as a chance for the Young Runners to do the double and complete the 500m and One Mile Dashes. And for those who have entered the festival will finish the weekend with the new 401 6.1km to complete the iconic marathon distance!

Bespoke medals on offer to all finishers plus prizes and trophies available for leading runners in all races, plus top three overall male and female for those who enter The 401 Foundation Challenge!

£13 - £60
The 401 Festival of Running – Sunday
SEP21
Camelot Challenge

The Camelot Challenge is a half marathon open to walkers or runners. Launched in 2013.

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Camelot Challenge

Sherborne DT9, UKView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Camelot Challenge is a half marathon open to walkers or runners. Launched in 2013.

£22 - £24
Camelot Challenge
OCT27
Stroud Half Marathon

We are delighted to announce that 38th Stroud Half Marathon is open for entries!

Although not flat, the course is a great place for a fast time. Suitable for racers, recreational runners and novices alike.

The existing measured route will be remain largely unchanged.

We look forward to seeing you on race day

9 reviews
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Stroud Half Marathon

145 Cainscross Rd, Stroud GL5 4HP, UKView event
9 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

We are delighted to announce that 38th Stroud Half Marathon is open for entries!

Although not flat, the course is a great place for a fast time. Suitable for racers, recreational runners and novices alike.

The existing measured route will be remain largely unchanged.

We look forward to seeing you on race day

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    2018 saw my return to the Stroud Half Marathon 5 years from my last.
    The event is still a good half marathon with a great buzz for the Stroud area.
    What didn't go so well were the terrible toilet and bag drop tailbacks. This caused the race start to be delayed. Overall this was still a great event to do though parts of the course are on busy roads. It's also pretty flat, especially considering how hilly Stroud can be so that's a bonus if you're looking for a good time. Mention must go to the pace team who did a fantasitc job of helping many people achieve their goals. Finally the finishers t-shirt was top notch with a decent fit.
  • Did the event in 2018

    I've ran this race many times but for 11 or 12 years. The course was much the same except the first 3 miles which no longer includes a circuit of Stonehouse. The start was 15 minutes late due to chaos at the bag check, which they subsequently realised and vowed to change next year. I do like it when organisers admit they're wrong and want to improve. Once out of the town, the route is very scenic and beautiful on a sunny autumn morning. The medal was of good quality and a great tee shirt and I would definitely ran again.
  • Did the event in 2017

    STROUD HALF MARATHON – Race Review – 22 October 2017I’ve wanted to run the Stroud Half for a number of years due to the fact that it is probably the most local Half to wear I live (prior to the recently established Gloucester Half, which was held in August 2017). Given that is was scheduled to take place two weeks after the Chester Marathon and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to walk, let alone run, so decided to hold-fire and see how the legs were feeling the day after. Despite the fact I actually couldn’t walk the next day, I was still bitterly disappointed to find out that it had actually sold out! Great for the event, but not so for me! Not to be put off, I entered onto the reserve list and hoped that if I did get a last minute place, I’d actually be capable of running it!I did absolutely no exercise the week after the Chester, aside from booking an appointment with a local physio for this coming Wednesday. The hamstring issue had been going on for long enough now (since June) and I can’t continue to run on it for much longer without doing some serious damage. However, the week leading up to Stroud (still without a place), I did a few easy sessions on the treadmill at my local gym just to keep the muscles active and run-off the last of the aches and pains from marathon.To my absolute delight, I received an email on the Thursday before the race advising me that I had a place! Even though the hamstring wasn’t great, I felt that I needed to get out and exercise a few demons after the disappointment of Chester, so what better way to do it than out on the roads I’m so familiar with on my Sunday training runs. No pressure and no PB expectation. I was actually excited about a race for the first time in ages, as I’d started to fall out of love with my running over the last couple of months due to the injuries and pressure I’d heaped upon myself before Chester. I was actually resenting training programme and the need to bang out long runs, in pain, on a regular basis.My new, relaxed approach to road running allowed me to polish off a good few bottles of wine on Friday night and further quantities of wine and lager at a wedding reception in Cheltenham on Saturday night… So, feeling rather ‘unrefreshed’ as the alarm woke me at 6am on Sunday morning, I was soon sitting in a car park, still in darkness, at 7.30am, about a 10 minute walk from Marling School, which was race HQ for the day.  Being a late entry, I had to pick up my race number from the information tent first thing that morning. Given that it was still fairly breezy after Storm Brian with a distinct autumn nip to the air, the indoor changing facilities were a welcome bonus and were used by many of the runners participating. There was also a bag-drop (more of that later) on the playing fields and ample toilet cubicles. Having male urinals always gets a massive thumbs-up from me and means I (and many others, I’m sure!) can take advantage of them 3 or 4 times before the race without having to join the lengthy queues that start to form about half an hour prior to the start.The race is well-established and in its 36th year (one of the oldest Halfs in the UK, apparently), and is well supported by many of the local running clubs. There were large contingencies from Dursley, Stroud, Gloucester, Hucclecote and Kingsway all proudly posing for their group photos before the start of the race. There were also many like me who were keen to participate in what is seen to be a friendly and respected road race within the local running fraternity.As mentioned above, I had no strategy other than to enjoy the race and finish my season with a smile on my face. My only ‘plan’ was to run with the 1.45 pacemaker for as long as I could, and at the point my hamstring tightened up too much, I’d drop off and coast the remaining miles…however many that may be! I met up with a friend before the race who was looking at running c. 1.45, so he joined me in the pack of runners who were intending to closely shadow Michelle Balchin, a member of Cheltenham’s Almost Athletes, who was charged with getting the group round on time. No pressure then!  The race started at 9am sharp and conditions were almost perfect for running an autumn Half; 10 degrees with a breeze that didn’t feel as strong as the 16mph that had been forecast. As we moved away from the start line, to my (and everyone else’s) delight, Michelle treated us to a feast of music via a ‘sound system’ she was running with! She began with some Fleetwood Mac, before moving onto a variety of dance/pop, with a bit of Eminem thrown in for good measure! Michelle’s intention was to increase the tempo gradually throughout the race, keeping spirits high along the way, which it certainly did!The route effectively took us on the main road out of Stroud towards Ebley and then right into Stonehouse making our way along the high street, which was lined with enthusiastic supporters. Michelle’s mile splits were spot-on, ranging between 7.45 and 7.55 for the first 4 miles, and with this relaxed approach and some good tunes and laughs to keep us entertained, the miles flew by. Even the inclines on the country road out of Stonehouse towards Standish were made easy by the music and company who were riding the 1.45 ‘fun bus’!Mile 5 was run slightly quicker intentionally (7.36), to bank some time for the hill at around 6 miles, which was effectively a climb up to the Whitminster Inn, as Michelle’s plan was to approach it fairly cautiously to ensure everyone had fresh legs for the second half of the race. A section of mile 6 was tricky, as this was run on the busy and often dangerous A38, so the width of a cyclepath had been coned-off to provide the runners with a safe route up the hill. At this stage I was still feeling good and given that I was feeling no effects from the hamstring, took a gel and decided to attack the hill. As I moved away from the pack, I heard a few people comment that I’d likely tire myself out, but I was feeling strong and didn’t want to lose momentum by slowing down, so went for it! After all, that’s what hill training is for. Right? The ascent was brilliant, and reminded me of the Tour de France, as there were a large number of supporters at the top of the hill cheering, shouting and ringing cowbells. Just the motivation I needed! Mile 7 was an 8.07, and whilst it was slightly slower than those previous (which was deliberate), I knew that there were no more hills to tackle, so my confidence was still up. I was also conscious of the 1.45’s behind me, so I knew that if I couldn’t hear the music, I’d be running well and maintaining my form!The next mile (through Nupend) had a few inclines, and I went through at 7.57 knowing that there would shortly be a long stretch of dual carriageway back to Stonehouse (via the infamous industrial estate) where I could get into a good rhythm if the direction of the wind was kind. My plan was now to start reeling-in the runners I could see ahead of me, but balance this exuberance against running out of steam too early in the race as there was still 5 miles to go. Mile 9 was 7.46 (I was speeding up!) and I caught the pack I had targeted as we entered the industrial estate which was about a mile loop before getting back onto the main road. At the entrance to the estate a rock choir was performing well-known songs. They were amazing and definitely lifted everyone’s spirits! At this point, the faster runners were leaving the estate and I saw one of my daughters teachers (I shouted hi across to him, which took him by surprise!), who I know is very good runner, so I figured I was only a mile behind some decent guys! I caught more runners on the loop and was still feeling surprisingly strong and injury-free when I hit mile 10 and saw I’d run a 7.45, I knew at that point that it was (unexpectedly) going to potentially be a good day…unless the wheels fell off in the last few miles.As we left the estate, I said to a fellow runner that we just had a parkrun to go, and I think that motivated her into keeping alongside me, as I seemed fairly fresh and she was starting to tire so probably needed to be pulled along. I knew my form must be good as I proceeded (not deliberately) to accelerate away from her. She caught me again and I remember saying “I’ve got a Golden ticket today! I’m actually feeling amazing and on course for a PB…I’m sure it’s all going to blow-up!” She was fantastic (a Stroud Athletic runner) and told me I’d do great and just to go for it. Running is one of the few sports where participants actually encourage each other to do well…unless you’re at the very competitive end of the spectrum.Another 7.40-something(!), and I only had 2 miles to go as I turned left onto the Ebley Road, greeted with a tail wind of all things! This was certainly proving to be my day!  I was starting to tire now and was trying to deal with each mile at a time, knowing that if I ran this one fairly well, I’d only have one to go. As I approach the final mile I knew that a final push could get me close to my Brighton PB of 1.43.59, so mustered everything I had left to keep me moving towards my goal. The final mile was fairly lumpy, with some short, sharp inclines that were not welcomed when the legs are beginning to get heavy. The crowds on the side of the road were willing us on, shouting – “Only a minute to go!” and “It’s all downhill now!” which was great…even though it wasn’t entirely true!As I got to 13 and saw my mile time was 7.53, I knew I’d probably done enough. Then, as I approach the final slight incline going into the home straight, I looked down to see my time was registering something like 1.43.06, and at that point I instinctively threw my arms up, repeatedly punching the air! I actually jumped over the finish line in jubilation with a huge smile plastered across my face. Despite the disappointment of Chester, the last minute entry and the injuries that had plagued me for weeks, I’d, against all odds, beaten my PB by 38 seconds (on a longer course than Brighton too), with my official time being 1.43.21. The leg had held strong (although I couldn’t walk the next day as the hamstring had completely seized up) and running without expectation (and a slight hangover) had clearly worked!My friend came in about a minute later, which meant he’d ducked 1.45 too, which was a fantastic achievement, given that he’d been experiencing a few knee problems. However, the star of the show was Michelle, for getting me and the other runners on the ‘fun bus’ home as intended. She must have a built-in metronome to have been able to run such consistent splits! The music, the laughs and great pacing made this one of the most enjoyable Halfs I’ve run.The only negative was the bag collection tent. Once I’d picked up my medal and finishers t-shirt and made my way back into the school grounds, the queue was huge, and not moving. After a 20 minute wait (at this point I was getting very cold and uncomfortable) I reached the front. The scenes inside were chaotic. Runners had actually started entering the tent themselves to retrieve their bags, (which is potentially a security concern as people leave phones and valuables in their bags) with the mayhem resembling a blue-cross sale in a department store at Christmas. I fully appreciate that many of these people are volunteers and am truly grateful for the free time they give up for these events, but they had at least an hour and a half (before the first runners came in) to get a system in place that would allow them to hand out the bags far more quickly and orderly. I’m not sure if this happened in previous years, but it would be helpful if it could be improved, as it can often be cold hanging around without a jacket in late October.Aside from that minor grumble, it was a fantastic event and one the organisers should be proud of. I’m so grateful that I was able to scrape into the race by the skin of my teeth (so thank you once again to the organisers), not only to run a PB, but to also experience such a great local race that I’ll definitely come back and do again. Gloucestershire is establishing itself as a great county for road and trail running and there are some fantastic and innovative companies out there arranging some unique, and established, events. I’m probably biased since I ran well and live close to the route, but it’s probably the best small Half I’ve run to date in the UK; in terms of local support, the organisation, the volunteers and marshals and the fun, enjoyment and camaraderie that could be felt out on the course.
£26 - £202
Stroud Half Marathon
AUG24
The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead

Why not join us for the return of this fantastic event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through their second Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete a series of four distance events including the 401 6.1km to complete the marathon distance. You will also receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben's home town.

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The 401 Festival of Running – Portishead

Lake Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7JE, UKView event
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Why not join us for the return of this fantastic event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through their second Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete a series of four distance events including the 401 6.1km to complete the marathon distance. You will also receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben's home town.

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At 13.1 miles, a half marathon is long enough to test even the strongest runners, but short enough for almost anyone determined to conquer their next challenge. We have a jam-packed calendar of half marathons taking place up and down the country — from big ballot events to local community races and spectacular trail runs. Get involved and conquer your next challenge.

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The half marathon is one of running`s most popular distance - a half marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21.1km).
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