UK's Best Half Marathons and Other Running Events
 

Feb

Wokingham Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon
http://www.wokinghamhalfmarathon.co.uk/

Turnbridge Wells Half Marathon
, Kent *Half Marathon
http://www.twharriers.org.uk/racing/tw_half_marathon

Brighton Half Marathon, Brighton, East Sussex *Half Marathon
www.beaconhalf.org.uk

Carnethy 5
This Scottish 9.7km race, loops around 5 hills in the Pentlands
www.carnethy.com

The Terminator, Wiltshire
This 17.7km race starts and finishes in Pewsey, and crosses some tough but scenic countryside, with four climbs and even a run through the River Avon near the end.
www.pewseyvalerunningclub.org

Armagh International Road Race
This is a series of evening road races over a 1km loop, the mens race is 5km and the females 3km
www.armaghroadrace.com

March


Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon, South West Wales *Half Marathon
http://www.halfmarathon.org.uk/

Rhayadar Round The Lakes
This Welsh race covers 32.2km around the mid Wales Cambrian Mountains, is a good pre race to the London Marathon
www.rhayaderac.org.uk/20mile.htm

Bath Half, Bath, *Half Marathon
http://www.runninghigh.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ho0

Newton's Fraction Half Marathon, Grantham, Lincolnshire*Half Marathon
www.granthamac.com/road/newtons_fraction.htm

Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.adidashalfmarathon.com/

Grizzly, Devon
This is a very popular run in the South west of England over 32.2km. It's multi terrain at its best, muddy, hilly, beachy and paddocky! The name indicates that it is not an event for the faint hearted or inexperienced.
www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk/races/grizzly.htm

Lydd Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.twharriers.org.uk/race/lydd_half_marathon 

Asics Fleet Pre London Half Marathon, Fleet, *Half Marathon
http://www.fleethalfmarathon.com/

Hastings Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.hastings-half.co.uk/

Orion Harriers 15 Mile Cross Country
This is one lap of the Epping forst covering 24.1km, it's a great race for runners who love mud!
www.orionharriers.org.uk/fif15.htm

Bolt round the Holt Half Marathon, Farnham, Surrey *Half Marathon
www.allabouttriathlons.co.uk/

Liverpool Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.runliverpool.org.uk/Half_Marathon.php

Bournemouthe Bay Run Half Marathon *Half Marathon
www.bhf.org.uk/events_and_volunteering/events/event_finder/view_event.aspx?ps=1000586

Rivington Pike, Horwich
This is a popular 5.2km fell run
www.horwichrmiharriers.co.uk

Guernsey Easter Runs *Half Marathon
This running festival offers a range of distances. There is a Good Friday 10km, Easter Saturday is a 7.6km cross country, a team relay named the Stone Crusher is on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday has the Half Marathon..so something for eveyone.
www.guernseyathletics.org.gg

Easter Athletics Festival, Isle of Man
This is a 3 day running event over Easter. There is a 20km road race on Good Friday, a four and three mile hill race on Saturday and a 5km road race on Easter Sunday.
www.manxathletics.com

April

Friskney Half
, Friskney, Skegness,*Half Marathon
www.bostonanddistrictac.com

Belvoir Half Marathon, Hose, Leicestershire- *Half Marathon
www.hosevillage.org.uk/bhm.htm

Brooks Paddock Half Marathon,
Kent *Half Marathon
www.paddockwoodac.co.uk/

Blackpool Half, *Half Marathon
www.blackpoolmarathon.com/

Mow Cop Killer Mile, Staffordshire
Known to be brief but brutal, this one mile race is straight up Mow Cop Hill
www.mowcop.info

Heavon and Hell Half, Scone, Perth *Half Marathon
www.perthroadrunners.co.uk/

Edinburgh North Berwick
This is a great Scottish point to point run of 32.2km, the route is coastal and runs through lovely villages and scottish countryside
www.b-howie.demon.co.uk/enb.htm

Taunton Half Marathon, Somerset *Half Marathon
www.tauntonmarathon.co.uk/

Whitehorse Half Marathon
,Oxfordshire *Half Marathon
http://whitehorseharriers.org/halfmarathon.html

The Chris Hoy Edinburgh Half Marathon *Half Marathon
http://www.edinburgh-half.co.uk/

Angus Ham Half, *Half Marathon
http://www.eventfull.biz/


May

Saltash Half Marathon, Cornwell, *Half Marathon
www.tamartrotters.co.uk

The Great West Run, Devon, *Half Marathon
www.thegreatwestrun.co.uk

Stonehenge Canix 21, Wiltshire, *Half Marathon
www.canix.co.uk

Cape Wrath Challenge, Durness, Sutherland
This is a 5 stage, 6 day race on the remote Cape Wrath Peninsula
www.capewrathchallenge.co.uk

Neolithic Half Marathon, Avebury, Wiltshire *Half Marathon
www.wiltshirewildlife.org/

Sevenoaks 7, Sevenoaks, West Kent
7 mile cross country. Find out more about Sevenoaks
http://www.7oaks-ac.org.uk/

Great Manchester Run
Known as Britain's premier 10km race it attracts over 38,000 competitors, the great Haile Gebrselassie has won this event three times, however he didnt make the record time, it was recorded by Micah Kogo in 2007 at 27:21.
www.greatrun.org

Three Forts Half Marathon, Worthing , West Sussex *Half Marathon
http://www.threefortsmarathon.org.uk/

Sark Cross Country
Sark is a small Channel island and can be reached by ferry from Jersey or Guernsey. This is a very pretty run of 16.1km, and in 2010 a woman was the overall winner, Bromwyn Rogers did it in 1:02:00
www.sarkee.com/sark10

Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon, Stratford upon Avon  *Half Marathon
http://www.shakespearemarathon.org.uk/

Hawkeshead Trail Race, Lake District
This 15km race is on paths and has stunning views of Lake Windermere
www.lakelandtrail.org

Tewkesbury Half, Gloustershire, *Half Marathon

Hinckley Half, Warwickshire, *Half Marathon
www.hinckleyrunningclub.com

Isle of Jura
This classic Scottish hill race has an ascent of 2,350 metres and a running distance of 27.4km, it is over a very rough course of rocks, grass and expect some mud!
www.jurafellrace.org.uk

Bracknell Half Marathon,
Berkshire *Half Marathon
www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/leisure

Leeds Half Marathon, West Yorkshire *Half Marathon
www.leeds.gov.uk/page.aspx?pageidentifier=abd608ad-77a3-45ad-bf66-e1e6a71f33c3

Chester Half Marathon
, Cheshire *Half Marathon
www.westcheshireac.co.uk/roadracing/halfmarathon

Hereford Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/latest-news/events/hereford-half-marathon

Eyam Half Marathon, Derbyshire *Half Marathon
http://www.eyamhalfmarathon.org.uk/

Monklands Half Marathon, Coatbridge, Airdrie *Half Marathon
www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1

Richmond Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon
www.ranelagh-harriers.com/

White Peak Half Marathon, Matlock, Derbyshire *Half Marathon

Canterbury Half Marathon, Kent  *Half Marathon
www.209events.com/

Jersey North Run Half, Channel Islands *Half Marathon
www.jerseyhalf.com/

Scottish Half Marathon, Edinburgh, *Half Marathon
http://www.scottish-half.com/

Stornoway Half Marathon, Scotland *Half Marathon
http://www.srac.org.uk/

Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon, Campbeltown, Scotland,*Half Marathon
http://www.mokrun.com/

Plymouth Half Marathon, Devon, *Half Marathon
http://www.plymouthhalfmarathon.co.uk/half-marathon.aspx

P and O Ferries Dover Half Marathon, Dover *Half Marathon
http://www.dealtri.co.uk/captains/running/dover-mercury-half-marathon

Brandon Forest Half, Suffolk *Half Marathon
www.bfh.org.uk

Newry City Half Marathon, Northern Ireland *Half Marathon
www.newrycitymarathon.com


June

Wharfdale Off Road Half Marathon,
Yorkshire *Half Marathon
www.wharfdalemarathonevents.com

Welsh 1000 Peaks
This race starts at Abergwyngregyn on the shore of Conwy Bay and finishes at Snowden Summit and travels a distance of 35.4km
www.welsh1000m.org

Buxton Half Marathon, Derbyshire *Half Marathon
www.buxtonac.org.uk

Alva Games
This iconic 1 mile race goes up the hill front of Ochil Hills, its a steep and grassy and great for spectators as the can view the whole event from start to finish
www.alvagames.co.uk

Hanworth Half,
Norfolk *Half Marathon
www.hanworthcommon.otg.uk

RAF Kinloss to RAF Lossiemouth Half, Scotland *Half Marathon

Seaford Half, Sussex *Half Marathon
www.npslions.co.uk

Cross Bay Challenge Half Marathon, Lancashire *Half Marathon
www.crossbayrun.org.uk/

Freckleton Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
This is The UK's oldest half marathon, and is so popular it is often sold out well before race day

http://www.myfylde.co.uk/freckletonhalfmarathon/

Man Versus Horse
This popular race pits runners against riders over 35.4km, through the mid Wales countryside. The first runner to beat the horse was British marathon runner Hew Lobb in 2004, winning 25,000 pounds.
www.green-events.co.uk

Malvern Half, Worcestershire *Half Marathon
www.acorns.org.uk/triplerun

Slieve Donard
This Northern Island mountain race starts in Newcastle, County Down and is a tough uphill 8.9km run.
www.newcastleac.org

Isle of Skye Half, Scotland *Half Marathon
www.skyehalfmarathon.org.uk

Carnwath Red Hose Race
This race is over 500 years old and only locals are allowed to enter by Royal Charter, however as a special treat for the 500th anniversary runners from across South Lanarkshire were invited to join in.
The race is over 3 miles and the winner is presented with the traditional prize of a pair of red stockings!


Redcar Half Marathon
, *Half Marathon
www.runteesvalley.co.uk

Potters Arf Marathon, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire *Half Marathon
www.potters-arf.co.uk

Southend Half, Essex *Half Marathon
www.havenhospices.org.uk

Dunfermline Half, Scotland *Half Marathon
www.dunfermline-half.co.uk

North Downs 30
This is a very popular British run, it covers 30km running through countryside and farms in the North Downs
www.isteadandifield.org.uk

St Albans Half Marathon, North London, *Half Marathon
www.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

The Holly Half, Telford, Shropshire *Half Marathon
www.codrc.co.uk

Midsummer Munro Half
, Surrey *Half Marathon
Run in the picturesque North Downs, this half marathon is run on road, paths, hills and stairs
www.trionium.com

Colworth Half, Bedfordshire *Half Marathon

Glen Rosa
This race is run on the Isle of Arran and tranverses the islands highest peaks over 20km.
www.shr.uk.com

Simmer Dim Half *Half Marathon
This race is run in Mainland, the largest island of Shetland
www.visitshetland.com

Wellingboro Midsummer Madness 10km/20km/30km, Northhamptonshire
www.gobeyondultra.co.uk

Wombourne Half, West Midlands *Half Marathon
www.wombournehalfmarathon.co.uk

South Lakes Half, Allithwaite, Cumbria *Half Marathon
www.allithwaiterunningclub.wordpress.com

North Devon Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.northdevonhospice.org.uk/content/event/north-devon-marathon.ashx

Mansfield Half, Nottinghamshire *Half Marathon
www.mansfieldhalf.co.uk

Dundee Half, Scotland *Half Marathon
www.eventfull.biz

Shetland Half, Scotland *Half Marathon
www.shetlandaac.co.uk

July

Birmingham and Black Country Half
, Wolverhampton, West Midlands *Half Marathon
www.bbchm.co.uk

Adderbury Half Marathon, Oxfordshire *Half Marathon
www.adderburyrunningclub.co.uk/

Black Rock 5
This is a popular 8km race along the beach on the Fife Coast, be prepared to get wet!
www.blackrock5.org

Dartford Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.dartfordharriersac.co.uk/

Snowdon
This tough 16km race takes you up Wale's highest peak, but at least you get to run down the 935metres as well.
www.snowdonrace.co.uk

Cross Bay *Half Marathon
This Half Marathon takes you across two counties, Cumbria and Lancashire, crossing two rivers and the very windy Morecambe Bay.
www.crossbayrun.org.uk

Wasdale
This is considered to be Britain's toughest mountain run, climbing to 2,740 metres to Scafell Peak, which is the highest of the many climbs in this 33.8km race.
www.cfra.co.uk

Paddock Wood Half Marathon
and Fun Run, Kent *Half Marathon
http://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk/

David Shepherd Memorial Glamaig Hill Race, Isle of Skye
Known to be Scotland's toughest hill run, this 7km race has some treacherous terrain as it goes up and down 760 metres.
www.carnethy.com

Adderbury Half Marathon *Half Marathon
http://www.adderburyrunningclub.co.uk/

Oxenhope Straw Race
As the name indicates, this race involves bales of hay, runners in pairs take their bale for a 4km run, luckily it all finishes at the Dog and Gun pub in Oxenhope!
www.strawrace.com

August

Indian Queens Half Marathon, Cornwall *Half Marathon
http://www.cornwallroadrunning.co.uk/races/indian_queens.htm

Borrowdale
This rough terrain race over 27.4 km with and ascent of nearly 2000 metres starts and finishes in the pretty village of Rosthwaite
www.borrowdale-fell-runners.org.uk

Race The Train, Twynn Mid Wales
A classic steam train race over 22.5km. 
www.racethetrain.co.uk

Burnsall Classic
This short 2.4km classic is located in Burnsall, North Yorkshire.
www.burnsallsports.co.uk

Grasmere Guides
Another short 2.4km race in the Lake District
www.grasmere.com/events.htm

Coll Half Marathon, Isle of Coll, Scotland *Half Marathon
http://www.collhalfmarathon.co.uk/

Ben Kenneth, South Uist
This 5.4km open course means you can run anyway you like, however, if you go the shortest route be prepared to take a dip!
www.ianbinnie.me.uk/ben_kenneth_hill_race

September


Kent Coastal Half Marathon, Kent  *Half Marathon
http://www.thanetroadrunners.org.uk/new/index.php

Lake District Mountain Trial
This is a very popular fell race that covers 25.7km with an ascent of 2,440 metres
www.ldmta.org.uk

Ben Nevis
Every off road runner wants to run up and down for 16.1km on Britain's highest peak located near Fort William in Scotland.
www.bennevisrace.co.uk/index.html

Bristol Half Marathon*Half Marathon
http://www.bristolhalfmarathon.com/2010BHM

Peris Horseshoe
This is a gruelling race over 28.2km in Snowdonia
www.eryriharriers.org.uk

Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, Glasgow *Half Marathon
www.runglasgow.org/GSR-2010/

Eridge Park 10, Turnbridge Wells
This stunning 10km through the woodlands and deer park of Eridge park is very popular.
www.twharriers.org.uk

Surrey Badger Half Marathon, Leatherhead, Surrey *Half Marathon

The Great North Run *Half Marathon
This is the biggest mass participation race in the UK. It runs from Newcastle to South Shields and attracts over 58,000 runners.
www.greatrun.org

Chariots of Fire Race
Taken from the famous movie and run for charity, this 2.7km race is in Cambridge
www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk


Robin Hood Half Marathon, Nottinghampshire *Half Marathon
http://www.experianfestivalofrunning.co.uk/

Adidas Women 5km Challenge
This is a female only race around London's Hyde park, with Britain's favourite female runner Paula Radcliffe the record holder on 14:51, set in 2003, it attracts over 15,000 women.
www.womenschallenge.co.uk

Baccus Half Marathon, Dorking , Surrey *Half Marathon
Good one for wine lovers, wine at drink stations and glass of wine at finish!
http://blog.runtolive.co.uk/the-events-we-support

Chippenham Half Marathon, Wiltshire *Half Marathon
www.chippenhamhalfmarathon.co.uk/

Ashbourne Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
www.ashbournerunningclub.org.uk/

Farnham Pilgram Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon
http://www.farnhampilgrim.org.uk/

New Forest Half Marathon *Half Marathon
http://www.nfma.org.uk/

Run to the Beat Half Marathon, Peninsula Square, London *Half Marathon
www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/fundraising_events/run_to_the_beat_2010.html

Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon, *Half Marathon
http://www.folkestonerotary.org/default.asp?currid=3

Windsor Half Marathon, Berkshire*Half Marathon
www.runwindsor.com/

October

Salomon Trail Half Marathon, Rivington, Lancashire *Half Marathon
www.salomontrails.com/

Cabbage Patch 10, Twickenham, Middlesex
Run around a flat towpath course beside the river Thames this 16.5km run is very popular.
www.cabbagepatch10.com

Clarendon Way Half Marathon *Half Marathon
http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/

Ian Hodgson Mountain Relay
This 40.2 km run through the Lake District is run in relay teams of eight runners per team
www.fellrunner.org.uk

Crickdale Half Marathon *Half Marathon

http://www.crickladefunrun.co.uk/

Eden Project Half Marathon, Cornwall *Half Marathon
http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/Eden-Project-Marathon.php

Royal Parks Half Marathon, Hyde Park, London *Half Marathon
www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/get_involved/

Cardiff Half *Half Marathon
www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/

Maidstone Half Marathon, Kent *Half Marathon
http://www.maidstoneharriers.co.uk/

Barns Green Half Marathon, West Sussex *Half Marathon
http://www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk/

November

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon, Uxbridge, London *Half Marathon
www.purplepatchrunning.com/

Gosport Half Marathon, Hampshire *Half Marathon
www.gosportroadrunners.org.uk/

December

Nos Galan
This 5km Welsh race is run in the village of Mountain Ash
www.nosgalan.co.uk



Disclaimer: Whilst all due care is taken when listing the many races on this calendar, to be accurate and correct with dates and links, some errors may occur on research or connecting to race websites. Please always check the race events website or contact details to get more relevant and up to date details on the races listed here. Lazy Runner would be happy for any errors to be reported via the contact form so changes can be made

 

 
     
 
 

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