15 of the best half-marathons to sign up to this summer

Whether your sights are set on a spring marathon, or you're looking for something to train for, we've got it covered. We've hand selected some of our favourite half marathons all over the UK, from June to October. 

How long does it take to train for a half-marathon?

Whether this is your first half-marathon, or your thirtieth, both our beginner and improver half-marathon training plans recommend you take around 12 weeks to properly prepare your body for the distance. That said, if you're already clocking up the miles, why not sign up to an event to seek out your next PB? 

The best half-marathons this Summer in the UK:

Get inspired and start your training plan now, in time for the following summer races: 

Torbay Half Marathon, Devon  

When: Sunday 24th June 2018, 9.00am

Where:  Eastern Esplanade, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6AG

Lowdown: A traffic-free half-marathon, which will take you on two laps of Torbay, starting and finishing on Paignton seafront. It’s a flat race, with prizes for the fastest finishers and best costume (if you feel like dressing up).

Cost: £24 affiliated runners, £26 unaffiliated runners

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Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, Hertfordshire 

When: Sunday 24th June 2018, 9.30am

Where: Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DL

Lowdown: As the name suggests, it’s no walk in the park, but this hilly half-marathon has some beautiful views. The route takes you from Hitchin Priory up to the village of Preston, and a loop round the surrounding hills.

Cost: £19 affiliated runners, £21 unaffiliated runners


Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon, Northumberland

When: Sunday 24th June 2018, 10.00am

Where: Edges Gree, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9PP

Lowdown: A race with a difference as you run close to a section of Hadrian's Wall, with up-close views of this World Heritage Site. It's a mixed-terrain path with approximately 4.6 miles of road, but you'll also run on grass and through the forest. 

Cost: £28 affiliated runners, £30 unaffiliated runners 


Race for Life Half Marathon – Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

When: Sunday 1st July 2018, 9.00am

Where: Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

Lowdown: An all-female race raising money for Cancer Research UK. The route around the Clumber estate is relatively flat, with a few hills and is mainly a road race. There’s no bag drop at the event, so turn up ready to run.  

Cost: £29.99


Secret Half in the North, London 

When: Sunday 1st July 2018, 11am

Where: The secret location is revealed 48 hours before the run. Runners will meet before the run near Highgate Tube Station, London, N6

Lowdown: A half-marathon with a difference, this 13.1 mile run takes you through North London, whilst solving a murder mystery set in 1873. Definitely not one to sign up to if you’re after a personal best, but it will be one to remember.

Cost: From £39.00

Related: Why you need tempo runs in your training plan


Bath Two Tunnels Half Marathon, Bath

When: Sunday 8th July 2018, 11am

Where: Brickfields Park, Oldfield Park, Bath, Avon, BA2 1LX

Lowdown: A fast and flat course that takes you through Bath, this run has two of the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK. A two lap out and back half marathon course, with a total of 8km+ underground.

Cost: £29 affiliated runners, £31 unaffiliated runners


SimplyHealth Great Aberdeen Run, Aberdeen 

When: Sunday 26th August 2018 

Where: Aberdeen 

Lowdown: It's only the second year of the Great Aberdeen Run, which takes you round Aberdeen, soaking up some of the city's most famous landmarks. 

Cost: £36 


Great North Run 

When: Sunday 9th September 2018

Where: Newcastle

Lowdown: The most famous half-marathon in the UK, the Great North run starts in Newcastle upon Tyne, before raking runners through the city towards the River Tyne. Join thousands of runners along the iconic course.

Cost: The ballot has now closed, but you can still find a charity place.


Richmond RUNFEST 

When: Sunday 16th September 2018

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Kew Green, TW9 3AB

Lowdown: As part of the Richmond RUNFEST, there is a full and a half marathon taking place in Kew Gardens, Ham House and Hampton Court Palace. With Great Ormond Street (GOSH) announced as the headline charity, this year's race weekend will be Peter Pan themed, transforming Kew Gardens into Neverland for the 8,000 finishers. Disney fans, this is one for you. 

Cost: £34


Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon

When: Sunday 30th September, 9.30am

Where: Nottingham - Victoria Embankment

Lowdown: Starting and finishing in the Victoria Embankment Recreation Ground in Nottingham, join thousands of club and recreational runners alike on this fast, flat course. A great one for those looking to start the half-marathon season with a PB.

Cost: £29.95 affiliated runners, £34.95 unaffiliated runners 


Cheltenham Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 30th September, 9.00am

Where: The Racecourse, Cheltenham

Lowdown: The sixth year of this popular half marathon, the fast, flat course starts and finishes at the iconic race course. Taking in views of the surrounding Cotswolds, this is a nice race for those PB hunting.

Cost: £35 affiliated runners, £38 unaffiliated runners


Windsor Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 30th September 2018, 10.00am

Where: Windsor, Berkshire

Lowdown: Royal Wedding fans, get ready to soak up the sights as you start and finish this 13.1 mile race on the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. You probably won’t spot Harry and Meghan, but the 1.5 mile stretch towards the castle is sure to be pretty memorable.

Cost: £38.50 affiliated runners, £40.50 unaffiliated runners


Bournemouth Marathon Festival – Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 7th October 2018, 8.00am

Where: Bournemouth, Dorset

Lowdown: As part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, the half marathon course follows the full marathon, costal route, which starts at Kings Park, before making its way down to the seafront, taking in Boscombe and Bournemouth pier. A flat, scenic half, that makes the perfect start for those thinking about spring marathon training.

Cost: £31.50 affiliated runners, £33.50 unaffiliated runners


Lee Valley Race for Life Half marathon 

When: Sunday 7th October 2018, 10.30am

Where: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

Lowdown: Take on the Race for Life Half Marathon and help beat cancer. A scenic course along the paths of Lee Valley, it’s pretty flat, aside from one steady incline, making it a gentle route for first time half-marathon runners.

Cost: £29.99


Manchester Half Marathon 

When: Sunday 14th October 2018, 9.00am

Where: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Lowdown: A fast, flat course finishing at Emirates Old Trafford, this is a good one to enter if you’re PB hunting. In fact, according to the organiser’s data, 74% of the first 50 finishers ran a personal best or a second best.

Cost: £37.00


Royal Parks Half Marathon

When: Sunday 14th October 2018, 

Where: Hyde Park, London

Lowdown: Taking in four of London's royal parks, this is a scenic race, taking in plenty of famous London landmarks. It's a flat course, great for first time runners and PB hunters alike. 

Cost: The ballot is now closed, but there are still plenty of charity places available. 

Not quite ready for a half-marathon? Why not start off with a 10K and have a browse of upcoming events.