UK Half Marathons 2019
Half Marathons are a great challenge for any runner, if you have successfully completed a 10k run then this type of event might be next on your list. The training will require a lot more effort and time due to the length but it will be even more rewarding when you cross the finish line
How many miles is a half marathon?
If you have taken part in a 10k run it's just over twice the distance that will give you a good idea of the training needed to complete this type of race. If you do your training in miles, the full distance is 13.1 miles
A half marathon is 13.1miles
How far is half marathon in km?
The term can be referred to a k, km or kilometre - these all mean the same thing. To help your calculations, 1000 meters and 0.62 miles both equal 1km. A half marathon is 13.1 miles in length that is around 21 km or 2100 meters. If you want a quick way to calculate all of your distances you can use a tool like Unit Converters
A half marathon is 21km
What is the average half marathon time?
Most half marathon runners take around 2-2.5 hours to complete. Some more experienced runners will have finishing times of around 1 hour but most of these people will be elite athletes and on fast flat courses with closed roads. If you are just starting out don't be surprised if you take longer than these time, you just need to get a good training plan and stick to it, you’ll soon be racking up the miles.
Half Marathon Training
Most training programs start off similar to a 5K prep with smaller easy runs a few times a week, then include sprints to run faster and slowly build up to long runs and race distances when you're feeling comfortable. You’ll also want to get into right diet regime too so that your body gets in right shape. Have a look at our how to train for a 5k run here.
When you are planning to run a half marathon you will gradually up the distance to around and extra 1-2 miles per week and limit your training to about 3 running days a week. Following this will normally mean you will be training for around 12 weeks before the date of your event. Don’t worry if your half marathon training plans don't include running the full 13.1 miles, you will only do the full distance on race day.
If you would like to get some more info, we think that the Edinburgh Half Marathon page has some great training plans. You can choose from beginners, intermediate or advanced 12 week plan
What to eat before a half marathon
Making sure you get the right nutrition before taking part in a half marathon is key. Runners World has a great article on what you should eat the day before a race. It includes some great tips like carb loading which involves eating foods high in carbohydrates for lunch and dinner the night before. They also talk about your pre-race meal too, get all these things right and it will really help to increase your performance and even smash that personal best.
Half Marathons near me
We have picked out the top 10 and the good news is there is one in nearly every part of the UK so you will be able to find one near you. If you can't find one you like just use our search filters on the left side of the page to narrow down your results and find the perfect half marathon for you, we will see you at the starting line!