UK half marathon race calendar

These listings are based on half marathons with online entry in our race directory. We'll update this calendar as more half marathons are confirmed, but please do get in touch if you spot any omissions. If you want your event to be included in our race directory, you can add your listing here.

January

Inskip Half Marathon

When: Sunday 20 January Where: Preston 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A low-key road race offering a hot pot meal post-race to all finishers.


February

Run Eton Dorney Half Marathon

When: Saturday 2 February Where: Eton Dorney, near Windsor 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Perfect PB potential, the course offers a flat and fast lakeside race with some impressive views of Windsor castle along the way.

21st Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 February Where: Bishops Caundle, near Sherborne 2012 rating: 81% Run this if you like… The hill at the end of this race gives the race its name, with a famous finish. A challenging course with some scenic views.

Watford Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 February Where: Watford 2012 rating: 79% Run this if you like… Undulating road race, virtually traffic free across country lanes, but, due to traffic restrictions, runners must be capable of running first 11 miles in two hours.

Deal Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 February Where: Sholden, Deal 2012 rating: 77% Run this if you like… One for the hill lovers out there. A small friendly race with scenic views, but did we mention there were hills?

The Liversedge Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 February Where: Liversedge 2012 rating: 84% Run this if you like… Small local no-frills race, with smooth organisation and undulating terrain.

Baldock Beast Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 February Where: Baldock 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… A varied course that takes you through the village, across fields, woodland and country roads. Don’t be put off by beast – a few hills never hurt anyone.

Photo: 21st Blackmore Vale Lions Half Marathon

March

Berkhamsted Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Berkhamsted 2012 rating: 77% Run this if you like… A UK athletics gold graded event, with pretty views across the Chilterns and a nice surprise of a downhill finish.

Droitwich Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Droitwich 2012 rating: 85% Run this if you like… A small, well-organised rural race. Includes optional entry to the Worcestershire Half Marathon championships to affiliated or local runners only.

Eastbourne Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Eastbourne 2012 rating: 73% Run this if you like… Stunning views of Beachy Head are the climax of this out and back race and there's a mixture of rural and town scenery.

Glasson Dock Grizzley Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Glasson Dock, Lancaster 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… Pack your trail shoes as things can get muddy on this small friendly race. The course is flat and the views are scenic.

Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Horton, Chipping Sodbury 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A tough race, but if you are up for the challenge you’ll be rewarded by stunning views and a friendly atmosphere.

John Austin Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Brockenhurst, New Forest 2012 rating: 95% Run this if you like… A friendly and well organised race, with coffee and cakes on offer upon finishing. The race consists of a scenic run through the forest, and all proceeds go to Oakhaven Hospice.

Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Pemberton. Llanelli 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A family race with a carnival atmosphere. The course itself is flat with PB potential.

St David’s Hospice Care City of Newport Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Newport 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… A flat, fast out and back course that takes runners along the water front then through the old town of Caerleon.

Steyning Stinger Half Marathon

When: Sunday 3 March Where: Steyning 2012 rating: 96% Run this if you like… A rural and undulating race. Prepare to get well muddied, then rewarded with a hot meal at the finish. Also offers a marathon option.

The New Forest Festival of Running Ladies Only Half Marathon

When: Saturday 9 March Where: Linwood 2012 rating: Yet to be rated Run this if you like… Part of the iconic festival of running events, the ladies-only race offers scenic surroundings and a multi-lap course.

The Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon

When: Saturday 9 March Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Held at Long Marston Airfield, pancake flat road race with PB potential. 

British Heart Foundation – Longleat Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Longleat, Warminster 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… 2013 marks the debut of this out and back park-based half marathon. The event starts and finishes outside the historic Longleat House.

Lydd Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Dennes Lane, Lydd 2012 rating: 69% Run this if you like… Commencing in the town centre, the course takes runners into the countryside and back. The flat road course offers perfect PB potential.

Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Grantham 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… A popular road race with a few challenging climbs thrown in for good measure. Offers PB potential if you don’t mind the incline.

Run Northumberland Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Ponteland, Newcastle 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A relatively small local road race with undulating terrain and a rural setting.

The Blackminster Half

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Blackminster, Evesham 2012 rating: 89% Run this if you like… A picturesque and entirely rural route through the Vale of Evesham’s countryside villages. A well organised road race.

The New Forest Festival of Running Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 10 March Where: Linwood 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Part of the Festival of Running, multiple lap half marathon through the scenic New Forest.

Maxifuel Pre London Half Marathon – Dorney Lake Windsor

When: Saturday 16 March Where: Dorney Lake, Windsor 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… A flat, fast and smooth race, ideal as a marathon warm up event, or for those chasing a PB.

BHF Warwick Castle Half Marathon

When: Sunday 17 March Where: Warwick 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… 2013 sees the debut of the scenic race through the Warwickshire countryside, historic course. 

Selsdon Half Marathon 

When: Saturday 23 March Where: Croydon 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A well marshalled lap event, with both town and rural scenery. This is the fourth year of this hilly half.

Hastings Half Marathon & Sussex Championship

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Leonards on Sea, Hastings 2012 rating: Not rated yet87% Run this if you like: A historic race that starts and finishes on the seafront near to where William the Conqurer landed in 1066. An undulating profile, with strong crowd support.

Ironbridge Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Telford 2012 rating: Run this if you like… Cultural sights - the famous Ironbridge marks the halfway point of this race. The course is mainly off-road and traffic free.

Trionium Leith Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Dorking 2012 rating: 97% Run this if you like… A challenging off road race. Expect hills and mud! Entry also include a post-race cooked breakfast and use of the swimming pool – a top rated event.

Water of Life Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 March Where: Bisham, Marlow 2012 rating: 94% Run this if you like… A scenic route following the Thames between Marlow and Henley. Expect great views, support and organisation.

SPAR 24th Omagh Half Marathon

When: Saturday 30 March Where: Omagh Run this if you like… The option to walk the distance! The race also offers a half marathon walk and 5K fun run option. Cash prizes are on offer if you’re feeling competitive.

Northampton Run Fest Half Marathon

When: Sunday 31 March Where: Northampton 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A flat, multiple lap park race, with plenty of idyllic lake views and forest trails.

Photo: Eastbourne Half Marathon 

April

Bolt Round the Holt 2013

When: Saturday 6 April Where: Farnham 2012 rating: 88% Run this if you like… A small but popular trail race, which includes a few inclines and muddy tracks. All entrants receive a free technical T-shirt.

Blackpool Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Seasiders way, Blackpool 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A charity rural road race which starts and finishes by the stadium. The flat course also offers PB potential.

Bournemouth Bay Run Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Bournemouth 2012 rating: 83% Run this if you like… To run in Dorset’s largest running event. A beautiful seafront course with a couple of hills, but generally with a flat profile for PB opportunities.

Croydon Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Sandilands, Croydon 2012 rating: 94% Run this if you like… Great organisation, friendly marshals and plenty of hills to keep you busy.

Friskney Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: Friskney, Boston 2012 rating: 93% Run this if you like… A small local run - last year’s entry was 250 racers. A flat race with perfect PB potential.

KNI Waltham Forest Borough Half Marathon

When: Sunday 7 April Where: London 2012 rating: 73% Run this if you like… A historical tour of East London, this race guides you through the major landmarks of the borough. It promises strong support and a community feel.

Tessa Sanderson Foundation Running Festival

When: Sunday 14 April Where: London 2012 rating: 80% Run this if you like… A popular out and back city race, with chance for a 10K option too and great crowd support. 

Worcester Half Marathon

When: Sunday 14 April Where: Sixways Stadium, Worcester 2012 rating: 68% Run this if you like… Enough of a challenge to keep you on your toes with an interesting route; a road race. 

Great Welsh Half Marathon

When: Sunday 21 April Where: Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… This race prides itself in being one of the friendliest races in the UK. A small local rural affair with an undulating profile. 

The Evesham Half Marathon

When: Sunday 21 April Where: Evesham 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A race of two halves, starting with a scenic but hilly climb to the edge of the Cotswolds Area of Natural Beauty, before turning to a relatively flat home run. 

Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Stratford Upon Avon 2012 rating: 79% Run this if you like… A popular  race on a hilly course in a rural setting. A full marathon is held on the same day.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Betws y Coed 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… Beautifully scenic race set in the principle village of Snowdonia Nation Park. Expect rocky mountains, deeps valleys and river surroundings on this challenging course.  

St Georges Day Half Marathon

When: Sunday 28 April Where: Stanwick, Wellingborough 2012 rating: 52% Run this if you like… A low-key lap race and lakeside scenery across flat woodland terrain. 

Photo: Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon 

May

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 

June

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.

Photo: South Downs Half Marathon 

July

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 

August

Isle of Wight Half Marathon

When: Sunday 18 August Where: Appley, Ryde 2012 rating: 75% Run this if you like… The race starts on the seafront and takes on a hilly route through the town and surrounding areas. 

Thames Meander Half Marathon

When: Saturday 24 August Where: Kingston Upon Thames 2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like…  A picturesque half marathon taking runners on a trail from Kingston through to spot the deer of Richmond then onto the Thames Path. An out and back route. 

Fleetwood Half Marathon

When: Sunday 25 August Where: Fleetwood2012 rating: Not rated yet Run this if you like… A flat race along the Promenade and roads of the town. PB potential. 

Vale of Pewsey Half Marathon

When: Sunday 25 August Where: Pewsey 2012 rating: 86% Run this if you like… Some challenging inclines but made worthwhile by scenic surroundings. A well organised local race. 

Photo: Thames Meander Half Marathon 

September

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 

October

Brentwood Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 October Where: Brentwood 2012 rating: 85% Run this if you like… A small, well-organised and friendly off-road race with undulating terrain. Race includes six laps of the course and free tea and cake. 

Photo: Brentwood Half Marathon 

November

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon

When: Sunday 10 November Where: Uxbridge 2012 rating: 78% Run this if you like… A flat, scenic multiterrain course from Uxbridge along the canal to Cassiobury Park, Watford. 

Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon

When: Saturday 16 November Where: Stratford-Upon-Avon 2012 rating: 71% Run this if you like… If the wind is on your side this race promises great PB potential - the course is renowned for being a pancake-flat road race in a rural setting. 

Conwy Half Marathon

When: Sunday 17 November Where: Conwy 2012 rating: 71% Run this if you like… A beautifully scenic race that follows the Conwy river towards the stunning North Wales coastline. A hilly profile, worth it for the spectacular views.

Gosport Half-Marathon 

When: Sunday 17 November Where: Gosport 2012 rating: 82% Run this if you like... Ultra flat course, perfect for PB potential, rural setting on this out and back course. 

Larking Gowev City of Norwich Half Marathon

When: Sunday 24 November Where: Norwich 2012 rating: 81% Run this if you like… A competitive BARR Gold Grade event, the halfway cut-off point is 90 minutes for this race. Features multiple laps of rural course. 

Photo: Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon