Hunting for a half? Take a look at our calendar for the year ahead, based on our events listings.
Bacchus Half Marathon
When: Sunday 8 September Where: Dorking 2012 rating: 96% Run this if you like… Wine tasting throughout a vineyard course. A race where fancy dress is encouraged, there's plenty of scenery and a post-race BBQ - what more could you want?!
Pharmalink Maidenhead Half Marathon
When: Sunday 8 September Where: Maidenhead 2012 rating: 77% Run this if you like… A flat, fast and traffic-free town centre half marathon, with perfect PB potential and good spectator opportunities on two lap course.
The Ashbourne Half Marathon
When: Sunday 15 September Where: Ashbourne 2012 rating: 90% Run this if you like… Beautiful but tough course through the Peak District and Dove Dale, small but friendly affair.
The Farnham Pilgrim Half Marathon
When: Sunday 15 September Where: Farnham 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Running on rural footpaths and country lanes with greats views across the Surrey Hills. A mixture of terrain and an undulating profile.
8th Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon
When: Sunday 29 September Where: Folkestone 2012 rating: 85% Run this if you like… An out and back seafront race with undulating terrain. A well organised race.
Photo: 8th Folkestone Rotary 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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