Hunting for a half? Take a look at our calendar for the year ahead, based on our events listings.
Bewl Water Half Marathon
When: Saturday 4 May Where: Lamberhurst 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A rural, picturesque race, which includes a marathon option. The route takes runners around the reservoir trail, through woodland tracks and countryside lanes.
Three Forts Half Marathon
When: Sunday 5 May Where: Hill Barn, Worthing 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… This will be the first year of the half marathon option after the success of the marathon. A tough course that involves a 3,450 foot climb – not for the faint hearted.
Cheshire Oaks Chester Half Marathon
When: Sunday 12 May Where: Chester 2012 rating: 90% Run this if you like… A flat, fast course that starts at the Chester Race course and finishes in the city centre. A good option to crack that PB.
Sheffield Half Marathon
When: Sunday 12 May Where: Sheffield 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A large city race, consisting of a single lap of undulating profile. It's a UK Athletics gold graded event.
Royal Windsor Half Marathon Trail Run
When: Sunday 26 May Where: Riverside, Windsor 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… A traffic-free, family-friendly trail run that guides runners along the banks of the river Thames. Good views of Windsor Castle at both the start and finish line.
Photo: Bewl Water 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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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
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