Events near me – the best half marathons to sign up to in October

best half marathons to sign up to in October

Whether it’s your first ever 13.1 miles, or your first half marathon of the year, finding a training plan and a race to sign up to is often the motivation you need to get running. We’ve summed up the best half marathons near you this October:

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Lee Valley Race for Life Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 10.30am 

A scenic route around the footpaths of Lee Valley, this is more of a countryside half than pounding the pavements in London. There’s one main incline, but apart from this it’s a pretty flat course, raising money for a worthy cause.

Putney and Fulham Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 9am 

A good race for those looking for a quieter course, the Putney and Fulham half marathon involves two laps of a flat route along the River Thames and Barn Elms Sports Centre.

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Royal Parks Half, Sunday 14 October 2018, 9am 

An iconic half marathon passing through London’s four Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park. For those who don’t live in the capital, expect to soak up the sights of some of London’s historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. A pretty flat course, good for first timers and those who are PB hunting alike.

South West:

Burnham Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 11am 

A fast, flat course starting and finishing at the BASC Sports Ground in Burnham. All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag. Headphones are not permitted during the race.

Stroud Half Marathon, Sunday 21 October, 9am 

The 37th Stoud Half Marathon is a fast course starting and finishing on the Cainscross Road. Although it’s not flat, it’s a good race for a PB. All headphones are not permitted at the Stoud Half Marathon.

South East:

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Bournemouth Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 8am 

A flat, scenic run along the beach front, taking in both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, this is a good race for those looking for a PB. Part of the Bournemouth marathon festival, if you’re up to it and fancy more of a challenge, you can also enter the full 26.2 mile race.


Great Birmingham Run, Sunday 14 October 2018 

A half marathon around Birmingham, this year’s course is a new, flatter route, starting in Broad Street and heading down, instead of up, the infamous hill along Lee Bank Middleway. The new look route is largely downhill, with a few gentle inclines around the half way mark.


Rochdale Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 10am 

A traffic-free, out and back route starting and finishing at the Rochdale Town Hall. There’s also a 10K and fun run taking place on the same morning, so get the whole family out and running. Headphones are not permitted on the route and organisers have warned participants will be disqualified if they ignore this rule.

Manchester Half Marathon, Sunday 14 October, 9am 

A fast, flat, closed-road course, perfectly suited for beginners and PB hunters. Finishing at the famous Emirates Old Trafford, this route takes in some of Manchester’s best sights, including the Town Hall, Crossford Bridge and Lancashire Country Cricket Club.

Oldham Half Marathon, Sunday 28 October, 9.30am 

A hilly half marathon through Oldham, this scenic route takes in the beautiful Saddleworth countryside. With only 600 places available, sign up as early as possible to guarantee your spot.

Related: How to train for a hilly half marathon 


Bangor Half Marathon, Saturday 6 October, 9am 

Starting and finishing in the city centre, this 13.1 mile race takes you out to the coastline to the Penrhyn Castle Estate, then back along the Garth Pier over the Menai Straights, taking in views of Anglesey and Snowdonia.

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Cardiff Half Marathon, Sunday 7 October, 10am 

A predominately flat and fast course, the route takes in some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Starting outside Cardiff Castle, runners will head past Cardiff City Stadium on the way to Penarth, before heading to Cardiff Bay and back to the heart of the city.

Merthyr Trail Half Marathon, Sunday 14 October, 10am 

A half marathon along the beautiful Taff Trails, this is a friendly, small, race off the beaten track. Definitely not one for those hunting for an easy PB, there’s over 1000 feet of climbing.


St Aidan’s Trail Half Marathon, Sunday 21 October, 10am 

A trail half marathon that takes runners round two nature reserves. Starting and finishing at St Aidan’s RSPB nature reserve, it’s an undulating route. There’s no baggage storage, but 30% of the net profits from this race will be donated to the RSPB.