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

South Downs Half Marathon
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South Downs Half Marathon

When: Saturday 8 June Where: Slindon to QE Country Park, Near Petersfield 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… This race guides runners through Queen Elizabeth Country Park, through to follow the South Downs Way. A hilly profile over trail paths.

Hanley Building Society Potters Alf Marathon

When: Sunday 9 June Where: Stoke-on-Trent 2012 rating: 87% Run this if you like… A challenging course, with great support and organisation for this popular race.

Kingston Lacy Half Marathon

When: Sunday 9 June Where: Wimborne 2012 rating: 75% Run this if you like… The scenic country estate provides an idyllic backdrop to this race around the country grounds. An out and back race with an undulating course.

St Albans Half Marathon

When: Sunday 9 June Where: Holywell Hill, St Albans 2012 rating: 76% Run this if you like… A challenging but fun race with steady hills, strong crowd support and good organisation.

Freckleton Half Marathon

When: Sunday 16 June Where: Freckleton Preston 2012 rating: 94% Run this if you like… A predominantly flat course with great organisation and green and scenic surroundings. A great beginner friendly or PB hunter race.

Alexander the Great Half Marathon

When: Sunday 16 June Where: Wellingborough 2012 rating: 53% Run this if you like… A small, flat park race with great PB potential.

Malvern Half Marathon

When: Sunday 23 June Where: Malvern 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A scenic route mainly along country lanes with undulating terrain, including plenty of down hills to make up for the climbs. A well organised event.

Coombe Abbey Run Fest Half Marathon

When: Sunday 30 June Where: Coventry 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A friendly, picturesque off-road race through meadows, forest trails, and complete with lake views.

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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

What abour Basingstoke Half?
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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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