The Best UK Half Marathons For 2018: When And How To Bag A Place

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Edinburgh Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 27th Might 2018

Just like the Tub Half, the Edinburgh Half marathon caters for each informal runners and PB-hunters with a quick course that’s laden with landmarks, together with Edinburgh Fort, the Royal Mile and the oldest golf course on the earth. £34, edinburghmarathon.com

St Albans Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 10th June 2018

In the event you choose to cowl 21.1km at a extra stately tempo however nonetheless need the ambiance of a giant occasion, this could be the occasion for you as a result of the St Albans Half has each strolling and operating choices. Its pretty hilly route heads into the countryside earlier than returning to St Albans to complete within the huge Verulamium Park, the place the race additionally begins. £29 till 31st Jan, £32 after, stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

Serpent Path Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: seventh July 2018

The total Serpent Path is 108km lengthy and, appropriately sufficient, snakes by the Surry, West Sussex and Hampshire countryside from Haslemere to Petersfield. This trail-running occasion provides you the chance to tackle virtually the entire path with the 100km occasion, or half of it with the 50km race – however non-ultrarunners shall be greater than glad by the half marathon that runs from Midhurst to Petersfield, though the route is definitely 21.7km lengthy so it’s not one for a PB. £35, serpenttrailrace.com/half-marathon

Fort Howard Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 22nd July 2018

Like castles? Like operating? Then each occasion within the Fort Run sequence shall be proper up your avenue. The runs all happen within the grounds of castles in UK, Eire and France. There are a number of half marathons to decide on between, however we predict the occasion at Fort Howard close to York is the decide of the bunch because of its spectacular off-road route across the Howardian Hills. £40, castletriathlonseries.co.uk/castle-run-series

Nice North Run

Subsequent occasion: ninth September 2018

The grandfather of UK half marathons – over a million individuals have accomplished the Nice North Run because the first occasion in 1981. The course begins within the centre of Newcastle, with runners crossing the Tyne Bridge earlier than heading out to the coast to complete in South Shields. The poll for the race opened on Wednesday third January and closes at midday on Monday fifth February. greatrun.org/great-north-run

Scottish Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 23rd September 2018

The majority of the route of the Scottish Half Marathon runs alongside the coast of East Lothian, simply exterior Edinburgh, with the race ending at Musselburgh racecourse, which has been holding horse-racing occasions since 1816. PB hunters shall be happy to study that the course is a really quick one, with runners heading downhill for essentially the most half within the first 6km earlier than settling in to the flat alongside the coast. £34, scottishhalfmarathon.com

Nice Bristol Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 23rd September 2018

It’s uncommon that you simply get pleasure from a prolonged switchback part of a half marathon, however when it permits a second view of the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge it’s price doubling again. In addition to Brunel’s well-known construction, runners are handled to views of the spectacular Avon Gorge, and the race begins and finishes within the metropolis’s historic Harbourside space. £35 early fowl, greatrun.org/great-bristol-half-marathon

Ealing Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 30th September 2018

The Ealing Half Marathon has solely been operating since 2012, however it has already established a fame for a superb ambiance that makes runners of all stripes welcome. It’s one among simply three closed-road half marathons in London, so it’s price taking your probability to sort out the capital’s roads traffic-free. £38 early fowl till 31st January, £44 after, ealinghalfmarathon.com

Bournemouth Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: seventh October 2018

Except for a few inland miles proper in the beginning, the route of this half marathon sticks resolutely to the seaside, with runners visiting Boscombe and Bournemouth piers as they wind their means alongside the coast. The half marathon is a part of the Bournemouth Marathon Competition, with 5K, 10Okay and full marathon races additionally obtainable. £31 early fowl, bournemouthmarathon.com/half-marathon

Kielder Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: seventh October 2018

Kielder Water in Northumberland is the gorgeous setting for this race, which is a part of a operating competition that additionally features a full marathon and 10Okay. The half marathon begins with a 6km out-and-back stretch previous an enormous spectator level on Kielder Dam, which ought to hopefully present sufficient motivation to energy you thru the remainder of the race across the southern half of the lake. £35, kieldermarathon.com/half-marathon

Royal Parks Basis Half Marathon

Subsequent occasion: 14th October 2018

The Royal Parks half might not be the one half marathon to happen on closed roads within the centre of London any extra (good day London Landmarks half), however it’s the one one which takes a break from the concrete in not one however 4 Royal Parks: Hyde Park, Inexperienced Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s additionally a flat, quick course if you happen to fancy clocking up a file time earlier than letting your self go within the run-up to Christmas. The general public poll for the 2018 Royal Parks Half has already closed, however you possibly can nonetheless get a charity spot within the race. royalparkshalf.com