Whch is the toughest half marathon in England?

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13/06/2013 at 12:54

Just did the South Downs Half Marathon on 8 June.  This was my first trail half and I had never really appreciated the Elevation Gain on my Garmin until now.  I know humbly know that an Elevation Gain of 470m is a killer.

Anyone got a half marathon for the title toughest half in England/UK/Europe/World?


13/06/2013 at 13:51

Not done either, but I understand the Midsummer Monro is pretty tough.

13/06/2013 at 13:59

For UK, Heaven and Hell Half Marathon in Perthshire is pretty tough going.



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13/06/2013 at 14:56

The Ironbridge HM is quite tough!

13/06/2013 at 15:59

The Midsummer Munro bills itself as the hardest half. I've not done any of the others mentioned here to compare, but it does involve 3,000ft of ascent and some bloody big steps. I got round in 1:51 three years ago, which I reckon is a good 30-odd minutes on top of my "normal" half form at the time, and it's the only race I've done where certain sections are easier to walk than run, even before you're properly tired. 

You'd think going downhill might be easy but the last descent back to the finish line is an absolute quad killer!  ...I think I'm actually about to explode...




Cracking race.

Edited: 13/06/2013 at 16:00
13/06/2013 at 16:06

There's those shorts again!!

13/06/2013 at 16:24

I'd forgotten how long I've had them.  They're fantastic on hills.  Lots of freedom!

13/06/2013 at 16:42

Another vote for the Midsummer Munro. It's got an absurd amount of up and down in it.

This year's jaunt is next weekend. My quads are trembling at the thought already.

13/06/2013 at 17:03

I've not done many, but think Buxton would give any a run for the title...

13/06/2013 at 19:28

Here's the Midsummer Munro profile:



13/06/2013 at 19:35

Ouch, looks nasty

13/06/2013 at 20:01

Another vote for the Munro - a tough "run" but a great afternoon out!

14/06/2013 at 21:59


14/06/2013 at 22:03

Snowdonia Half is toughest I have done. They give you the medal for finishing and a secondary medal for being able to complete Forrest Hill which is three miles in, nearly a mile long and 1:7 incline after climbing up from the start and the having to come down at some point. Stunning scenery though...

14/06/2013 at 22:33

Boothy, another victim of buxton? ?

15/06/2013 at 20:06

sod that


16/06/2013 at 08:56


16/06/2013 at 11:42

Would have to put forward the Leek half marathon, not nice at all 

16/06/2013 at 20:09

Not sure its as tough as some mentioned but the hardest I have done is The Yorkshire Wolds Way Half, a 3.5 mile climb at mile 3 is sapping & the downhill is hard too as the ground is so uneven!

17/06/2013 at 17:55

I am definitely adult, cakey!

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