Hunting for a half? Take a look at our calendar for the year ahead, based on our events listings.
Surrey Badger Half Marathon
When: Sunday 14 July Where: Dorking 2012 rating: 93% Run this if you like… A hilly, multiterrain, scenic course. A well-organised event, with badger spotting as an extra bonus - in the area famed for their presence.
Windmill Half Marathon
When: Sunday 14 July Where: Inner Promenade, Lythan St Annes 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A small, rural race with a flat terrain. Event fills up quickly so enter early.
The Wales Half Marathon
When: Sunday 14 July Where: Tenby 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like... Course on closed roads, undulating terrain, good organisation. Runs alongside marathon event.
Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon
When: Sunday 28 July Where: Grossmore Lane, Marlow 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… This race runs in reverse directions along the Thames towpath each year, this year it will be ‘Down Flow’, therefore starting in Marlow and finishing in Windsor. The course is flat, rural and scenic.
Photo: Down Tow Up Flow 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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