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

Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon
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Bolt Round the Holt 2013

When: Saturday 6 April Where: Farnham 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… A small but popular trail race, which includes a few inclines and muddy tracks. All entrants receive a free technical T-shirt.

Blackpool Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Seasiders way, Blackpool 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A charity rural road race which starts and finishes by the stadium. The flat course also offers PB potential.

Bournemouth Bay Run Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Bournemouth 2012 rating: 83% Run this if you like… To run in Dorset’s largest running event. A beautiful seafront course with a couple of hills, but generally with a flat profile for PB opportunities.

Croydon Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Sandilands, Croydon 2012 rating: 94% Run this if you like… Great organisation, friendly marshals and plenty of hills to keep you busy.

Friskney Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Friskney, Boston 2012 rating: 93% Run this if you like… A small local run - last year’s entry was 250 racers. A flat race with perfect PB potential.

KNI Waltham Forest Borough Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: London 2012 rating: 73% Run this if you like… A historical tour of East London, this race guides you through the major landmarks of the borough. It promises strong support and a community feel.

Tessa Sanderson Foundation Running Festival

When: Sunday 14 April Where: London 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A popular out and back city race, with chance for a 10K option too and great crowd support. 

Worcester Half Marathon

When: Sunday 14 April Where: Sixways Stadium, Worcester 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… Enough of a challenge to keep you on your toes with an interesting route; a road race. 

Great Welsh Half Marathon

When: Sunday 21 April Where: Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… This race prides itself in being one of the friendliest races in the UK. A small local rural affair with an undulating profile. 

The Evesham Half Marathon

When: Sunday 21 April Where: Evesham 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A race of two halves, starting with a scenic but hilly climb to the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty, before turning to a relatively flat home run. 

Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Stratford Upon Avon 2012 rating: 79% Run this if you like… A popular  race on a hilly course in a rural setting. A full marathon is held on the same day.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Betws y Coed 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Beautifully scenic race set in the principle village of Snowdonia Nation Park. Expect rocky mountains, deeps valleys and river surroundings on this challenging course.  

St Georges Day Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Stanwick, Wellingborough 2012 rating: 52% Run this if you like… A low-key lap race and lakeside scenery across flat woodland terrain. 

Photo: Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon 

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Discuss this article

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


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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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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