UK half marathon race calendar

Hunting for a half? Take a look at our calendar for the year ahead, based on our events listings.



by Annie Rice

Eastbourne Half Marathon
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March

Berkhamsted Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Berkhamsted 2012 rating: 77% Run this if you like… A UK athletics gold graded event, with pretty views across the Chilterns and a nice surprise of a downhill finish.

Droitwich Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Droitwich 2012 rating: 85% Run this if you like… A small, well-organised rural race. Includes optional entry to the Worcestershire Half Marathon championships to affiliated or local runners only.

Eastbourne Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Eastbourne 2012 rating: 73% Run this if you like… Stunning views of Beachy Head are the climax of this out and back race and there's a mixture of rural and town scenery.

Glasson Dock Grizzley Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Glasson Dock, Lancaster 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… Pack your trail shoes as things can get muddy on this small friendly race. The course is flat and the views are scenic.

Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Horton, Chipping Sodbury 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A tough race, but if you are up for the challenge you’ll be rewarded by stunning views and a friendly atmosphere.

John Austin Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Brockenhurst, New Forest 2012 rating: 95% Run this if you like… A friendly and well organised race, with coffee and cakes on offer upon finishing. The race consists of a scenic run through the forest, and all proceeds go to Oakhaven Hospice.

Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Pemberton. Llanelli 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A family race with a carnival atmosphere. The course itself is flat with PB potential.

St David’s Hospice Care City of Newport Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Newport 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… A flat, fast out and back course that takes runners along the water front then through the old town of Caerleon.

Steyning Stinger Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Steyning 2012 rating: 96% Run this if you like… A rural and undulating race. Prepare to get well muddied, then rewarded with a hot meal at the finish. Also offers a marathon option.

The New Forest Festival of Running Ladies Only Half Marathon

When: Saturday 9 March Where: Linwood 2012 rating: Yet to be rated Run this if you like… Part of the iconic festival of running events, the ladies-only race offers scenic surroundings and a multi-lap course.

The Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon

When: Saturday 9 March Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Held at Long Marston Airfield, pancake flat road race with PB potential. 

British Heart Foundation – Longleat Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Longleat, Warminster 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… 2013 marks the debut of this out and back park-based half marathon. The event starts and finishes outside the historic Longleat House.

Lydd Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Dennes Lane, Lydd 2012 rating: 69% Run this if you like… Commencing in the town centre, the course takes runners into the countryside and back. The flat road course offers perfect PB potential.

Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Grantham 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… A popular road race with a few challenging climbs thrown in for good measure. Offers PB potential if you don’t mind the incline.

Run Northumberland Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Ponteland, Newcastle 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A relatively small local road race with undulating terrain and a rural setting.

The Blackminster Half

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Blackminster, Evesham 2012 rating: 89% Run this if you like… A picturesque and entirely rural route through the Vale of Evesham’s countryside villages. A well organised road race.

The New Forest Festival of Running Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Linwood 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Part of the Festival of Running, multiple lap half marathon through the scenic New Forest.

Maxifuel Pre London Half Marathon – Dorney Lake Windsor

When: Saturday 16 March Where: Dorney Lake, Windsor 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… A flat, fast and smooth race, ideal as a marathon warm up event, or for those chasing a PB.

BHF Warwick Castle Half Marathon

When: Sunday 17 March Where: Warwick 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… 2013 sees the debut of the scenic race through the Warwickshire countryside, historic course. 

Selsdon Half Marathon 

When: Saturday 23 March Where: Croydon 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A well marshalled lap event, with both town and rural scenery. This is the fourth year of this hilly half.

Hastings Half Marathon & Sussex Championship

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Leonards on Sea, Hastings 2012 rating: Not rated yet87% Run this if you like: A historic race that starts and finishes on the seafront near to where William the Conqurer landed in 1066. An undulating profile, with strong crowd support.

Ironbridge Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Telford 2012 rating: Run this if you like… Cultural sights - the famous Ironbridge marks the halfway point of this race. The course is mainly off-road and traffic free.

Trionium Leith Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Dorking 2012 rating: 97% Run this if you like… A challenging off road race. Expect hills and mud! Entry also include a post-race cooked breakfast and use of the swimming pool – a top rated event.

Water of Life Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Bisham, Marlow 2012 rating: 94% Run this if you like… A scenic route following the Thames between Marlow and Henley. Expect great views, support and organisation.

SPAR 24th Omagh Half Marathon

When: Saturday 30 March Where: Omagh Run this if you like… The option to walk the distance! The race also offers a half marathon walk and 5K fun run option. Cash prizes are on offer if you’re feeling competitive.

Northampton Run Fest Half Marathon

When: Sunday 31 March Where: Northampton 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A flat, multiple lap park race, with plenty of idyllic lake views and forest trails.

Photo: Eastbourne Half Marathon 


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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. 


Posted: 14/01/2013 at 11:47

Think the ratings have to do more with who advertises / online entry than anything else as it's certainly not the best rated events.


Posted: 17/01/2013 at 13:17

There's a new(?) East London Half Marathon on 14th April
Posted: 17/01/2013 at 14:28

I came in here to also add the East London half, but I totally agree about Bacchus - once you run it, you're guaranteed to do it again and again. It's a hilly beast but just SO much fun and such a great atmosphere. I couldn't believe how it wasn't in the top list in the magazine...
Posted: 17/01/2013 at 15:09

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. 


Posted: 22/01/2013 at 20:30

Hi

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. 

Thanks, 

Katie RW


Posted: 24/01/2013 at 08:43

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Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:54

Is Runners World bias to the south or am I paranoid the the north isn't holding many Half Marathon events? I love to run but need to see a few more events that are a little closer to home. Surely there must be more than the GNR or the lesser known Liversedge! Help! This runner needs your views. #52halfs @HalfMarathonMad


Posted: 18/11/2013 at 19:16

No Half Marathons listed in Scotland?  Poor


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 16:35

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