Top Rated Half Marathons

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About Top Rated
About Top Rated

If you're like us, the first thing you look for when choosing an event is reviews from past attendees. We value reviews so much, we're compiling a series of Top Rated charts to celebrate the best challenge events and organizers each year according to you, the community.

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When does the year start and end?

The current charts recognise events that occurred between 23 October 2020 - 23 October 2021.

How are the events ranked?

Events are ranked using an algorithm that takes into account review ratings and volume of reviews.

Why is the Top Rated chart rating different to the event page?

The 1-10 ratings displayed on the Top Rated charts are representative of attendee reviews from the current year for the relevant race e.g. Rotary Shakespeare Marathon. The star rating displayed on event pages is representative of attendee reviews from all seasons for all races at an event e.g. Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon.

What are Flagship Events?

Flagship events are running events that are attended by 10,000+ people. These are the largest events in the UK and are a great experience for runners of all experience levels.

How is the UK divided into North and South?

UK South contains events within the East of England, London, the South East, and the South West. UK North contains events within the East Midlands, the West Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Great Yarmouth Half Marathon
“I was really impressed with GY Road Runners half marathon event. Everything was well organised, from parking, to getting race numbers, to race briefing. Lots of marshals and support out on the course, directing traffic and providing much needed encouragement. Lots of water stops. Well done GY Road Runners! ”
13 reviews

Dartford Half Marathon
“Be prepared for undulating and 4 hills that require a determined effort. Very demanding, enjoyable, well controlled route. Well run event with a nice medal. ”
9 reviews

Hillsborough Castle Running Festival
“Thought this was a great first event for Hillsborough! Lovely to get to see the castle as well and I thought the route was lovely. I hope this is back again next year! Hopefully there will be more of an atmosphere the more times the event takes place. ”
18 reviews

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – November
“This is a point to point run along the canal from Uxbridge to Watford. I paid extra for the coach from Watford, the organisation was superb, With more of the same and a nice atmosphere on arrival at Uxbridge. The run along the canal at this time of year was beautiful, and the rare sun kept us warm for most of the route. I’ve already signed up for their Spring run!”
6 reviews

Canterbury Half Marathon
“[slightly grumpy review] Despite saying they would provide additional drinks stations (on top of the 4 originally planned) if it was a warm day and the weather forecast predicting that for at least a week beforehand, I was disappointed that the organisers only provided one additional drinks station and arguably not in the right place. In particular there were none between approximately the 8 mile and the 11 mile markers, where there was far greater need: i.e. towards the end of the race, people visibly tiring (most around me reduced to walking), temperature around 28º having risen from an already warm 24º at the start, in a section including a continuous mile-long uphill stretch. I hope that in future years you will plan for warm weather drinks stations no more than 2 miles apart for the second half of the course, ideally at 8, 10 and 12 miles. I assume that at least some of you among the organisers have run in hot weather and realise that the last few miles are always going to be more difficult than the first few, especially with a significant part of those last few miles being uphill and especially as the Canterbury half-marathon is open to all-comers for whom the distance may be challenging in any weather conditions. I heard several others voicing the same concerns. That is my only gripe. The route is gorgeous. The uphill section is challenging but basically was rendered more difficult than necessary by the lack of a drinks station. The atmosphere is supportive and good natured and the hosepipe bearing householders lining the route deserve a medal each for public service!”
19 reviews

The Bedgebury Forest Half Marathon & 10K
“No changing facilities. Lock the toilets at end of run so had to change underwear/ muddy clothes in car park ! Helpers were lovely , must have got really cold standing out there all that time. Lovely huge medal 😀 nice shirt too . Very muddy but can’t do much about that ! ”
9 reviews

Bedford Half Marathon
“This race ticked so many boxes :) A lovely, scenic run through trees, a bit of parkland, round a big lake and then over these little bridges through the park to the finish. Very flat, so not too challenging in that regard, some nice shade on what was a gorgeous day. Excellent organisation, the village was well set out and managed, fantastic marshals, some spots along the route for supporters, and all round had a great atmosphere, I finished with a big smile! ”
14 reviews

RunUK Richmond Half Marathon
“Course is beautiful as by the river though two laps around the neighbourhood perhaps not the most exciting. However, very friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. Perfect local race!”
16 reviews

Last updated 5th Aug 2020 at 01:00

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