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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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Run this gloriously scenic, flat, multi-terrain, point-to-point half marathon along the Thames towpath. Mainly traffic free.

Run in reverse directions each year; this year it is "Up Flow" therefore starting in Windsor and finishing in Marlow, taking in Bourne End, Cookham & Maidenhead along the way.

As this is a point-to-point race, 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, so bring the family!

Starts: Alexandra Gardens, Barry Ave, Windsor, SL4 3HY
Finishes: Riverwoods Drive, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1QU

Up Flow Down Tow Half Marathon

Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, GB
Up Flow Down Tow Half Marathon
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The Castle Howard Half Marathon will see competitors undertake 2 laps of a spectator friendly almost entirely off-road 10.5K circuit.

Starting on the North Lawn, a few yards from the main entrance to the castle, competitors initially head downhill towards the Boathouse and Lake before circumnavigating the enchanting woodland garden of Ray Wood. The next 5K is on a network of estate tracks and bridle paths that wind their way in a clockwise direction, always in sight of the impressive Mausoleum, passing through the ancient Bog Hall, Spring Wood, Alamo Trekking Centre and High Gaterley Farm.

At the 7K point and just after the well stocked Feed Station, competitors enter the aptly named Pretty Wood passing the Temple of the Four Faces and a couple of curious pyramids. The last 1.5K of the route builds through the formal gardens of the estate starting with New River Bridge and moving onto the South Lake, The Atlas Fountain and the South Lawn.

A final, cruel, climb to the top of Ray Wood is a precursor to a view of the Finish Line from the reservoir at the top of the hill. Lap 1 complete, runners then rejoin the same circuit for their second before entering the 500m long spectator lined finishing straight, crossing the finish line with the world famous castle backdrop, to receive their medal and classy finishing line banquet!

Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k Run

York, GB
Castle Howard Half Marathon & 10k Run
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The fourth staging of The Twilight Ultra takes place at the Redbridge Cycle Centre in East London after another successful year in 2017.

The secure, traffic-free, undulating, tarmac route sees runners covering laps of the cycle circuit and finishing on what will, hopefully, be a balmy summers evening.

With good parking and spectating facilities, the event features a choice of three distances with start times varying according to the distance you select. Aim high and select the ultra distance and you can always step down to a shorter distance.

Runners will be able to take advantage of well-stocked aid stations on each lap with the availability of hot and cold food and drink.

Twilight Ultra Run, Marathon & Half Marathon

Ilford, GB
Twilight Ultra Run, Marathon & Half Marathon
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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!

Run Aintree – July

Liverpool, Merseyside, GB
Run Aintree – July
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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 takes place on the same day, over the same course

South Coast Run – Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Fun Run

Seaford, East Sussex, GB
South Coast Run – Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Fun Run
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Fast, flat, road half and full marathon in the historic City of Gloucester. The route starts and finishes in Gloucester Quays and takes the City streets, views of the Cathedral, docks and the scenic Cotswolds. Expect a grand red carpet finish to live music and entertainment. All participants receive a bespoke medal, goody bag and a sublimated vest.

Gloucester City Marathon & Half Marathon

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GB
Gloucester City Marathon & Half Marathon
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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.

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

Kingston upon Thames, GB
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
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Returning in 2018 the Owler Marathon, Half marathon and 10K on Sunday 25th November 2018, runners get the chance to test their legs again with this new two lap multi-terrain run, set in the great surroundings of Conningbrook Lakes Country Park while taking in the quiet roads of Brook. This event also includes the Owler Half marathon and 10K.

Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer

Kennington, Kent, GB
Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer
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Launched in 2014 as The Towns Half Marathon by Oakland local and sports marketing professional, Ryan Dawkins, before being acquired and then cancelled in 2017. Ryan is now spearheading the re-launch of the Oaktown Half to finish his original plans of a runner-focused, hyper-local event, in his hometown.

Runners will get a taste of Oaklands authentic soul, from the steps of City Hall and Jack London Square to Uptown and Lake Merritt, the course will let runners in on the best of Oakland. Like everything else in Oakland, the experience will never be ordinary and always unexpected.

The Oaktown Half is in partnership with the successful Oakland Turkey Trot and continues the non-profit group's efforts to raise impactful funds for Oakland Schools and Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Oaktown Half Marathon

Oakland, California, US
Oaktown Half Marathon
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Taking place on Saturday 18th August 2018. First runners are expected to start at Langley Mill at 08.30 with the last runners expected to finish at West Park Leisure Centre by 1.30pm. Using a Time Trial format, this new off-road Half Marathon is traffic free.

With the run taking place on Saturday morning, runners will get the rest of the weekend to relax and recover.

Erewash Half Marathon

Langley Mill, Derbyshire, GB
Erewash Half Marathon
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Working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, VisitAberdeenshire & Aberdeen Inspired our aim is to produce a world class event experience for local residents and to attract the wider UK and International running community to Aberdeen.

Whether youre new to running, looking for a challenge or are a club runner aiming for a record PB there is a distance and wave to suit your ability. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and be part of something Great!

Starting and finishing on Union Street in the heart of the city centre, youll join thousands of runners on a route that skirts through the most scenic parts of the Granite City.
Run, jog or walk over Brig oBalgownie, through Old Aberdeen and take in the beautiful views of Aberdeen Bay.

Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run

Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, GB
Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run

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