UK's Best Half Marathons and Other Running Events


Wokingham Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon

Turnbridge Wells Half Marathon
, Kent *Half Marathon

Brighton Half Marathon, Brighton, East Sussex *Half Marathon

Carnethy 5
This Scottish 9.7km race, loops around 5 hills in the Pentlands

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.

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


Llanelli Waterside Half Marathon, South West Wales *Half Marathon

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

Bath Half, Bath, *Half Marathon

Newton's Fraction Half Marathon, Grantham, Lincolnshire*Half Marathon

Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

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.

Lydd Half Marathon, *Half Marathon 

Asics Fleet Pre London Half Marathon, Fleet, *Half Marathon

Hastings Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

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!

Bolt round the Holt Half Marathon, Farnham, Surrey *Half Marathon

Liverpool Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

Bournemouthe Bay Run Half Marathon *Half Marathon

Rivington Pike, Horwich
This is a popular 5.2km fell run

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 something for eveyone.

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.


Friskney Half
, Friskney, Skegness,*Half Marathon

Belvoir Half Marathon, Hose, Leicestershire- *Half Marathon

Brooks Paddock Half Marathon,
Kent *Half Marathon

Blackpool Half, *Half Marathon

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

Heavon and Hell Half, Scone, Perth *Half Marathon

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

Taunton Half Marathon, Somerset *Half Marathon

Whitehorse Half Marathon
,Oxfordshire *Half Marathon

The Chris Hoy Edinburgh Half Marathon *Half Marathon

Angus Ham Half, *Half Marathon


Saltash Half Marathon, Cornwell, *Half Marathon

The Great West Run, Devon, *Half Marathon

Stonehenge Canix 21, Wiltshire, *Half Marathon

Cape Wrath Challenge, Durness, Sutherland
This is a 5 stage, 6 day race on the remote Cape Wrath Peninsula

Neolithic Half Marathon, Avebury, Wiltshire *Half Marathon

Sevenoaks 7, Sevenoaks, West Kent
7 mile cross country. Find out more about Sevenoaks

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.

Three Forts Half Marathon, Worthing , West Sussex *Half Marathon

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

Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon, Stratford upon Avon  *Half Marathon

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

Tewkesbury Half, Gloustershire, *Half Marathon

Hinckley Half, Warwickshire, *Half Marathon

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!

Bracknell Half Marathon,
Berkshire *Half Marathon

Leeds Half Marathon, West Yorkshire *Half Marathon

Chester Half Marathon
, Cheshire *Half Marathon

Hereford Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

Eyam Half Marathon, Derbyshire *Half Marathon

Monklands Half Marathon, Coatbridge, Airdrie *Half Marathon

Richmond Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon

White Peak Half Marathon, Matlock, Derbyshire *Half Marathon

Canterbury Half Marathon, Kent  *Half Marathon

Jersey North Run Half, Channel Islands *Half Marathon

Scottish Half Marathon, Edinburgh, *Half Marathon

Stornoway Half Marathon, Scotland *Half Marathon

Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon, Campbeltown, Scotland,*Half Marathon

Plymouth Half Marathon, Devon, *Half Marathon

P and O Ferries Dover Half Marathon, Dover *Half Marathon

Brandon Forest Half, Suffolk *Half Marathon

Newry City Half Marathon, Northern Ireland *Half Marathon


Wharfdale Off Road Half Marathon,
Yorkshire *Half Marathon

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

Buxton Half Marathon, Derbyshire *Half Marathon

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

Hanworth Half,
Norfolk *Half Marathon

RAF Kinloss to RAF Lossiemouth Half, Scotland *Half Marathon

Seaford Half, Sussex *Half Marathon

Cross Bay Challenge Half Marathon, Lancashire *Half Marathon

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

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.

Malvern Half, Worcestershire *Half Marathon

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

Isle of Skye Half, Scotland *Half Marathon

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

Potters Arf Marathon, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire *Half Marathon

Southend Half, Essex *Half Marathon

Dunfermline Half, Scotland *Half Marathon

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

St Albans Half Marathon, North London, *Half Marathon

The Holly Half, Telford, Shropshire *Half Marathon

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

Colworth Half, Bedfordshire *Half Marathon

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

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

Wellingboro Midsummer Madness 10km/20km/30km, Northhamptonshire

Wombourne Half, West Midlands *Half Marathon

South Lakes Half, Allithwaite, Cumbria *Half Marathon

North Devon Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

Mansfield Half, Nottinghamshire *Half Marathon

Dundee Half, Scotland *Half Marathon

Shetland Half, Scotland *Half Marathon


Birmingham and Black Country Half
, Wolverhampton, West Midlands *Half Marathon

Adderbury Half Marathon, Oxfordshire *Half Marathon

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

Dartford Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

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

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

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.

Paddock Wood Half Marathon
and Fun Run, Kent *Half Marathon

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.

Adderbury Half Marathon *Half Marathon

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!


Indian Queens Half Marathon, Cornwall *Half Marathon

This rough terrain race over 27.4 km with and ascent of nearly 2000 metres starts and finishes in the pretty village of Rosthwaite

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

Burnsall Classic
This short 2.4km classic is located in Burnsall, North Yorkshire.

Grasmere Guides
Another short 2.4km race in the Lake District

Coll Half Marathon, Isle of Coll, Scotland *Half Marathon

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!


Kent Coastal Half Marathon, Kent  *Half Marathon

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

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.

Bristol Half Marathon*Half Marathon

Peris Horseshoe
This is a gruelling race over 28.2km in Snowdonia

Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, Glasgow *Half Marathon

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

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.

Chariots of Fire Race
Taken from the famous movie and run for charity, this 2.7km race is in Cambridge

Robin Hood Half Marathon, Nottinghampshire *Half Marathon

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.

Baccus Half Marathon, Dorking , Surrey *Half Marathon
Good one for wine lovers, wine at drink stations and glass of wine at finish!

Chippenham Half Marathon, Wiltshire *Half Marathon

Ashbourne Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

Farnham Pilgram Half Marathon, Surrey *Half Marathon

New Forest Half Marathon *Half Marathon

Run to the Beat Half Marathon, Peninsula Square, London *Half Marathon

Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon, *Half Marathon

Windsor Half Marathon, Berkshire*Half Marathon


Salomon Trail Half Marathon, Rivington, Lancashire *Half Marathon

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

Clarendon Way Half Marathon *Half Marathon

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

Crickdale Half Marathon *Half Marathon

Eden Project Half Marathon, Cornwall *Half Marathon

Royal Parks Half Marathon, Hyde Park, London *Half Marathon

Cardiff Half *Half Marathon

Maidstone Half Marathon, Kent *Half Marathon

Barns Green Half Marathon, West Sussex *Half Marathon


Grand Union Canal Half Marathon, Uxbridge, London *Half Marathon

Gosport Half Marathon, Hampshire *Half Marathon


Nos Galan
This 5km Welsh race is run in the village of Mountain Ash

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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