Monday, December 11, 2017

Brighton Half Marathon

Next event: 25th February 2018

The Brighton Half has been running since the early 1990s and is one of the first half marathons on the calendar. The route sticks resolutely to the seafront for the majority of the 22.1km, which can result in some battles with blustery winds, but the excellent atmosphere will carry you through to the finish. £38, brightonhalfmarathon.com

Bath Half Marathon

Next event: 4th March 2018

One of the few races where a two-lap route isn’t annoying, because you’ll be more than happy to take a second look at the city’s historic centre. Those who are eager to clock up a half marathon PB take note – Bath has one of the fastest courses you’ll encounter in the first half of the year. £45, bathhalf.co.uk

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Reading Half Marathon

Next event: 18th March 2018

A popular event for those looking to fit in a half marathon ahead of a spring marathon, the Reading Half also offers a grandstand finish in the Madejski Stadium. The route is flat and fast, providing the perfect opportunity to put in a confidence-boosting race performance before tackling a full 42.2km. £38, readinghalfmarathon.com

Snowdonia Half Marathon

Next event: 20th May 2018

This event in the Snowdonia National Park is as tough as it is scenic, with runners who battle their way around the hilly course rewarded with some of the best views the UK has to offer. If you’re looking for something different to the classic city half, this is a great option. £32, runwales.com/events/snowdonia-half-marathon

Hackney Half Marathon

Next event: 20th May 2018

East London comes out in force to support runners at this event, which hits Hackney highlights like the Marshes, Victoria Park and the Olympic Park. There will also be a fitness festival at the 2018 event, where spectators can get involved in exercise classes while they wait for you to finish. £45, uk.virginsport.com

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Liverpool Rock ’N’ Roll Half Marathon

Next event: 20th May 2018

If you like to be entertained while you run, this is the half for you. Live performers line the course to provide a pick-me-up when spirits start to flag. The Rock ’N’ Roll half is held on the same day as the full marathon, ensuring a huge turnout of both runners and supporters. £37, runrocknroll.com/liverpool

Edinburgh Half Marathon

Next event: 27th May 2018

Like the Bath Half, the Edinburgh Half marathon caters for both casual runners and PB-hunters with a fast course that’s laden with landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the oldest golf course in the world. £34, edinburghmarathon.com

St Albans Half Marathon

Next event: 10th June 2018

If you prefer to cover 21.1km at a more stately pace but still want the atmosphere of a big event, this might be the event for you because the St Albans Half has both walking and running options. Its fairly hilly route heads into the countryside before returning to St Albans to finish in the massive Verulamium Park, where the race also starts. £29 until 31st Jan, £32 after, stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

Great North Run

Next event: 9th September 2018

The grandfather of UK half marathons – over one million people have completed the Great North Run since the first event in 1981. The course starts in the centre of Newcastle, with runners crossing the Tyne Bridge before heading out to the coast to finish in South Shields. The race always sells out quickly, so head to the website to sign up to be notified when entry for the 2018 event opens. greatrun.org/great-north-run

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Scottish Half Marathon

Next event: 23rd September 2018

The bulk of the route of the Scottish Half Marathon runs along the coast of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh, with the race finishing at Musselburgh racecourse, which has been holding horse-racing events since 1816. PB hunters will be pleased to learn that the course is a very fast one, with runners heading downhill for the most part in the first 6km before settling in to the flat along the coast. £34, scottishhalfmarathon.com

Great Bristol Half Marathon

Next event: 23rd September 2018

It’s rare that you enjoy a lengthy switchback section of a half marathon, but when it allows a second view of the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge it’s worth doubling back. As well as Brunel’s famous structure, runners are treated to views of the impressive Avon Gorge, and the race starts and finishes in the city’s historic Harbourside area. £35 early bird, greatrun.org/great-bristol-half-marathon

Ealing Half Marathon

Next event: 30th September 2018

The Ealing Half Marathon has only been running since 2012, but it has already established a reputation for an excellent atmosphere that makes runners of all stripes welcome. It’s one of just three closed-road half marathons in London, so it’s worth taking your chance to tackle the capital’s roads traffic-free. £38 early bird until 31st January, £44 after, ealinghalfmarathon.com

Bournemouth Half Marathon

Next event: 7th October 2018

Aside from a couple of inland miles right at the start, the route of this half marathon sticks resolutely to the seaside, with runners visiting Boscombe and Bournemouth piers as they wind their way along the coast. The half marathon is part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, with 5K, 10K and full marathon races also available. £31 early bird, bournemouthmarathon.com/half-marathon

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Next event: October 2018

The only half marathon to take place on closed roads in the centre of London takes in many of the capital’s most famous landmarks as well as four Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s also a flat, fast course if you fancy clocking up a record time before letting yourself go in the run-up to Christmas. Sign up for the event’s newsletter to find out when registrations for 2018’s event opens. royalparkshalf.com