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What you need to know about Half Marathon Running

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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A half marathon is a fantastic event for those new to running to really push themselves, or as a great warm up event for those ready to tackle a full marathon or even an ultramarathon

What is the distance covered in half marathon?
The half marathon is one of running`s most popular distance - a half marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21.1km).
What is an average time for a half marathon?
Breaking 2:00 (9:09 per mile pace) is a common goal, and that time is considered a respectable half marathon time among runners. The average times for half marathons in the U.S. in 2015 were 2:04:00 for males and 2:22:21 for females.
What is the half marathon world record?
The world record for men is 58:23 for men and 1:04:52 for women.
How long does it take to train for a half marathon?
If you are working with a training plan you can achieve a half marathon in 8 weeks.

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5km, 10.5km or 21km trail running through the forests of Hurt in the Surrey Hills.

The Route Director was born in the Forests of the Hurtwood and has been running through them ever since he could stand. He knows them thar hills and he knows which will hurt and which will not. In 2018 the routes will be tweaked and some of those hills will be added. As all the distances will be extended, for some it will be a case of we meet again. For others it will be glad to meet you. Ive heard so much about you.

When you enter, assume distances are approximate. ie approximately 5k, approximately 10k and approximately 21k. They will be a couple of kms more than stated. Fear not, this will continue to be trail running at its best!

The Hurt

Peaslake, Surrey, GB
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The Royal Windsor Half Marathon River Trail Run creates the perfect opportunity to experience the historically picturesque Thames Valley. With an idyllic start and finish at the foot of Windsor Castle, a royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the entirely flat river route guides you upstream to Maidenhead before heading back towards Windsor.

Royal Windsor 10k & Half Marathon River Trail Run

Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, GB
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KAPOW!!! Defeating Dementia one step at a time!

Join us for the FIRST EVER Sheffield Defeat Dementia Superhero Sprint on Saturday 9th June 2018.

This brand new Superhero/Supervillain sprint event consists of a 5km fun run, a 10km and a half marathon race and costume contest on the beautiful Sheffield/Tinsley canal towpath. Wear your favourite superhero or supervillain gear and use your superpowers to walk, run or sprint to the finish line. Its going to be a whole comic strip of fun with a whole lot of running thrown in too!

Burn off some energy, use your superpowers and have a WHOLE load of superhero or supervillain fun!. It's a family friendly 5k,10k or half marathon with a medal and a FREE goody bag for all finishers!

Bring your family and friends and join us as we take to the streets for the VERY FIRST Sheffield Superhero Sprint. Run on your own, as a pair or in a team. FREE goody bag and bespoke medal for all runners; friendly marshals & refreshments available too. Get your capes on!

The event will start & finish on the canal towpath behind The Source (within a short walking distance of Meadowhall). Afterwards you can head off to the Meadowhall to grab yourself a bargain, or have lunch. Its time to dust off your running shoes, earn a medal, and sign up for this amazingly comical event on 9th June!

Choose your distance: 5km, 10km, or 13.1 miles

Fast, flat & beautiful course with huge PB potential. Family friendly, wheelchair friendly, pram friendly; no time limits, no pressure - just LOADS of fun. Come and join us!

Sheffield Superhero/Supervillain Sprint 5km, 10km & Half Marathon

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, GB
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Join us for a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon at Dorney Lake; home to London 2012s Olympic rowing events. Dorney Lake, situated near the village of Dorney in Buckinghamshire, is a purpose built rowing lake with grounds that are a perfect backdrop to running as well as rowing. The flat course is ideal for a chip timed personal best.

Run Dorney 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

Windsor, GB
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Fast, flat, fantastic! Choice of half marathon, 10k, 5k. Set in the beautiful Cherwell Valley countryside, the three routes all utilise the Heyford Park Airbase's Runway, RAF Taxiway & NATO Taxiway and are therefore pancake flat, traffic-free and pretty much PB guaranteed! These races are timed perfectly if you are planning to run a Spring marathon, but equally good for those venturing into racing, moving up a distance or just trying to improve times.

Heyford Park Airbase Races – Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, GB
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Known as "The Friendliest Race in L.A.", the Valley Crest Half Marathon is a popular trail half-marathon on historic Mulholland fire road that treats runners to beautiful spring foliage and magnificent valley and ocean views. In its 17th year, this challenging but fast race makes perfect competition for the serious runner and is also "user-friendly" enough to be a great first-timer trail run! The course is entirely on city-maintained fire roads in early June and typically has cool overcast weather. We look forward to having you run with us!

Valley Crest Half Marathon & 10k Trail Run

Los Angeles, California, US
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The Squaw Valley Half Marathon starts and finishes at the iconic Village At Squaw Valley, site of the historic 1960 Winter Olympics. The course is fast and flat, a scenic out and back featuring mainly paved trail through the valley and along the Truckee River. During the route keep an eye out for bald eagles, mule deer and trout leaping out of the river all while enjoying the cool, refreshing Sierra air.

You will be supported by five aid stations along the course which will have water, electrolyte beverage and a variety of fruit and snacks. At the finish, we will have the music pumping, a selection of recovery foods and some ice cold Lagunitas beer and soda to celebrate your accomplishment.

Stick around to cheer on the other runners and relax in the Village while enjoying a perfect Squaw Sunday afternoon. This one you will not want to miss!

Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler

Olympic Valley, California, US
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Take your marks for the new Hull Half Marathon a fantastic NEW addition to the regions running calendar. No false starts or else entries will be snapped up! Staged on the same day as the existing Asda Foundation Hull 10K and creating a festival of running this new long distance brings a new dimension to this ever-popular event. The new half marathon will feature a thrilling city center start and finish and a largely flat course, offering great PB potential. The route starts and finishes in the same place as the 10K, in Alfred Gelder Street. It takes in the waterfront and marina and then travels north of the city, along Princes Avenue, skirting Pearson Park, Newland Avenue, and Cottingham Road. Its then on to the University of Hull, before returning into the city center for the grand finish.

Join us for our debut year and run your way into sporting history with the Hull Half Marathon!
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Our Asda Foundation Hull 10K, now in its ninth year, showcases the very best this East Riding city has to offer.

A flat course great for participants just starting their running journey or more seasoned athletes. Run For All encourage people of all abilities to take part in the Asda Foundation Hull 10K. Please contact us in advance with any specific requirements and we shall do our utmost to cater to these. Race numbers will start to be posted to your registered address from 7 -10 days prior to the event. If you register for event week, you will need to collect your race number from our race office on event weekend.

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Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon & 10K

Hull, Kingston upon Hull, GB
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£30.50£32.50
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After 14 years we are making some changes to the format of the classic South Downs Marathon Day. The routes of marathon and half marathon themselves remain unchanged but we are taking out the marathon relay and introducing a trail 10km in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Regrettably, the lack of safe parking at two of the relay changeovers make us believe the relay is unsafe as most cars arrive at the changeover points in the same time frame and it has become a hazard and probably an accident waiting to happen. To make up for the loss of this popular element of the marathon we have brought in a 10km route entirely within Queen Elizabeth Country Park that will cover the first 2.5 miles of the half marathon route, divert on the Staunton Way and rejoin the return section of both the marathon and half marathon on the South Downs Way at the Buriton car park entrance.

South Downs Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

Petersfield, GB
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New for 2018, we have added a beast of a route. This is the toughest Inov-8 X Series route on our calendar, with over 2300m of elevation, it's 300m higher than the Inov-8 Snowdonia X Series event! That should give you some idea of the challenge that awaits you here in Devon.

We are sending you along part of The South West Coast Path which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest

The route starts at Caffyns Farm and heads along the coast path at Lynton, you will be met with towering cliffs and stunning sea views across to South Wales. Soak up the stunning sounds of seabirds nesting on the cliffs. As you venture along the coast you will enter the valley of rocks, a superb section of coast path well know for its herds of feral goats. This section is among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and is highly fossil ferrous.

As you continue on your way you will become lost in the splendour. We take you to Foreland Point, a rocky headland which is the most northerly point along the Devon and Exmoor coastline.

The route then sweeps back inland towards some special forested sections that make you feel like you're back in the heart of Devon. One stand out area is Watersmeet, we know you will be enchanted by this section of the route. There are many other hidden gems on the Exmoor X Series event, we dont want to spoil it too much for you, so come and join us! The outdoors awaits...

Location: Caffyns Farm, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JW

Gates open: 7.00
Registration: 7.30
Race start: 9.00

The Maverick inov-8 X Series Exmoor

Lynton, GB
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The 13.1 mile Half Marathon starts from within the Athletes Village on Rough Field in Padfield (Glossop) before heading onto the scenic Longdendale Trail which is a disused railway line. This particular route certainly shows off one of the regions most popular trails and with entertainment and supporters lining the route, youll feel the buzz the entire way to the finish line!

At the far end of the trail near the Woodhead Tunnel, you will turn back and return along the same pathway to the finish once more, welcomed home by the cheering spectators.

Tour of Tameside Hero Half Marathon

Hadfield, Derbyshire, GB

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