Hunting for a half? Take a look at our calendar for the year ahead, based on our events listings.
Grand Union Canal Half Marathon
When: Sunday 10 November Where: Uxbridge 2012 rating: 78% Run this if you like… A flat, scenic multiterrain course from Uxbridge along the canal to Cassiobury Park, Watford.
Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon
When: Saturday 16 November Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon 2012 rating: 71% Run this if you like… If the wind is on your side this race promises great PB potential - the course is renowned for being a pancake-flat road race in a rural setting.
Conwy Half Marathon
When: Sunday 17 November Where: Conwy 2012 rating: 71% Run this if you like… A beautifully scenic race that follows the Conwy river towards the stunning North Wales coastline. A hilly profile, worth it for the spectacular views.
When: Sunday 17 November Where: Gosport 2012 rating: 82% Run this if you like... Ultra flat course, perfect for PB potential, rural setting on this out and back course.
Larking Gowev City of Norwich Half Marathon
When: Sunday 24 November Where: Norwich 2012 rating: 81% Run this if you like… A competitive BARR Gold Grade event, the halfway cut-off point is 90 minutes for this race. Features multiple laps of rural course.
Photo: Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon
The Bacchus Half Marathon did not quite get the required number of votes to register on the RW 'top half marathons' list of 2012, but it would have given the top rated run (Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon) a run for its money (so to speak).
I ran in the Bacchus Half - it was extra-ordinarily good. A-may-zing.
Think the ratings have to do more with who advertises / online entry than anything else as it's certainly not the best rated events.
RW has stipulated for years that races must get at least 25 ratings to be considered for their 'Top 10 lists' - the Bacchus Half got 20 ratings (99% overall, 100% would do it again). Otherwise, it would have been in the top 3, for sure.
Piers, I'm sure it's nothing to do with advertising or whether online entry is through RW - although the race does have to have an event page with RW (you don't then have to do online entry through RW as well) to get ratings.
Just to clarify - our Races of the Year feature (here) is based on all events on the site, regardless of whether they do online entry with us. As Dr Robert says, races must get at least 25 ratings.
The half marathon calendar above is those with online entry on the site - editorial is one of the incentives to put a race on with us.
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