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Famous sight at the London Marathon Walk charity walk

London Marathon Walk

19 September 2020
£29 - £100

Join us on our marathon walk around our capital city, taking in world-famous sights and less well-known corners as we…

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Running through mud and water at the Spartan Scotland Beast Ultra Beast and Sprint Weekend obstacle race

Spartan Race UK - Scotland Sprint, Beast & Ultra Weekend

19 September 2020
£55 - £170

Decided to Spartan up and take on your next race? Let’s get you registered! Firstly, you need to decide which race…

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Women taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon

20 September 2020

On Sunday 20th September 2020 at 9.00am, around 6,000 participants are expected to set off on their 13.1 mile…

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Walkers taking part in the Shine Night Walk London charity walk

Shine Night Walk London

26 September 2020
£27.99 - £39.99

Walk with us in the fight to beat cancer! Shine is Cancer Research UK’s marathon night walk, bringing people…

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People running the Ealing Half Marathon

Ealing Half Marathon

27 September 2020
£25 - £40

Get the #EalingFeeling at the Triple Gold award-winning UK No1 Half Marathon.

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People running the Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10K or 2K Fun Run

Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10K or 2K Fun Run

27 September 2020
South East
£5 - £35

Head to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Sunday 27 September 2020 and join us at the start line of one of the most…

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People taking part in the Great Bristol Half Marathon

Great Bristol Half Marathon

27 September 2020
South West

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon, we hope you had a…

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Event location of the Windsor Half Marathon

Windsor Half Marathon

27 September 2020
South East
£37.50 - £48

Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park managed by The Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest…

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Athletes running the Cardiff Half Marathon

Cardiff Half Marathon

04 October 2020
£32 - £76

The 2020 Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 4 October. The 2019 race sold…

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People running the Bournemouth Half Marathon

Bournemouth Half Marathon

04 October 2020
South West
£ 35.50

The Bournemouth Half Marathon course follows the Full Marathon route, taking in both Boscombe and Bournemouth piers…

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Running through a river at Spartan Race UK Windsor obstacle run

Spartan Race UK - Windsor Sprint, Super & Beast Weekend

10 October 2020
South East
£55 - £85

We return to the historic city of Windsor, just south of London. With a Sprint, Super and Beast up for grabs, it’s set…

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Athletes running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

11 October 2020

This stunning central London Half Marathon, takes in some of the capital's world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and…

UK Half Marathons

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. For runners who aspire to one day run a marathon, a half marathon is a great bridging event between shorter races like a 5K or 10K and doing a full 26.2 miles.

Why run a half marathon?

Even If you’ve never run competitively before, signing up for a half marathon can be a great way to motivate a change in fitness and lifestyle and push your abilities to run longer distances. You’ll need to stay committed to a good training plan before your race to avoid injury, but it will be totally worth it once you cross that finish line!

Not only is it a great form of cardiovascular exercise, running a half marathon has plenty of other great benefits too. Firstly, if you’re looking to start running as a way to lose some weight, signing up to a half marathon event will give you something to stay committed to, and through your training, you’ll work on getting your heart rate up, burning calories and losing weight in no time.

Another reason to sign up for a half marathon is to raise money for charity. Half marathons are popular options for runners who want to fundraise and there are hundreds happening across the UK every year. Some people even choose to run in fancy dress to keep things fun!
Finally, running your first half marathon is a great way to really challenge yourself and improve your long-distance running ability. Once you’ve finished a half you’re sure to want to take on your next challenge of a marathon.

Half marathons near me

There are lots of well-known half marathon events in the major cities across the UK, but you may not have know that there are also loads of events that take place in smaller towns and villages, including in your local area too. As half marathons are popular events and great for fundraising, you’ll find that there are new events starting in the UK all the time, meaning that there is bound to be one that is easy and convenient for you to get to. Another benefit of joining one of the smaller half marathon events nearby is that you’re less likely to miss out on a place and joining fees are generally lower.

If you’re looking for ways to get more active, or even start exercising more with a friend or partner, training for a half marathon together is a great way to introduce a little friendly competition and also support each other in reaching your fitness goals. Our website has plenty of half marathon events that you can join all over the UK, so be sure to take a look for half marathons near you using the search bar on the left. You can then find races based on location and other options using the filters to find the perfect event for you.

Half marathons near me and fundraising

Running a half marathon to raise money for charity is a fantastic thing to do. As well as the better-known events, such as the Great Run series, there are plenty of smaller local events you can sign up to as well. In fact, a lot of smaller local charities organise their own events to raise money for specific causes, and many of these will have benefits for the local community.

Setting up funding for a half marathon is easy too. Most charities will provide you with a sponsorship pack to get started you can also do online fundraising and share your goals with your friends on social media. Running in a local half marathon race is also an ideal way to raise money for charities that are based in your local community, and also a great way to get more familiar with your local area.

Charity half marathon events are growing in popularity every year, so if you want to get into running then these are a great place to start!

How can I find charity half marathons near me?

If you’ve decided to run a half marathon for a charity, you may be wondering where you can find charity races nearby. You can find them here of course! On the UK Fitness Events website, you’ll find pages of fitness events that are taking place all across the UK. Use the search bar on the left and once you’ve filtered down the type of race you’re looking to take part in, you can then further refine the results by selecting your location and then choosing from a range of charities that you are interested in supporting.

If you’d like to support a charity that isn’t listed, you’re welcome to do that too! Be sure to check the website of your chosen charity to find out more about getting started with fundraising.

Training for a half marathon

Half marathons are a big commitment, and the 13.1 mile race will certainly put your body to the test. I’ve you’re relatively new to running of have only done shorter races previously, you’ll find that half marathons require a much longer training plan, where you have to train both your body and mind to be able to stand up to the length of the race.

If your goal is to eventually do a marathon you’ll need to get lots of training done before you even look at the track! Start off similar to a 5K prep with smaller runs and sprints and then slowly build up the length of the runs you do. Nutrition will also be important as you start to complete longer runs to make sure your muscles have adequate fuel to keep you going. Take a look at our guide for Half Marathon Training.

Where are the best UK half marathons?

With so many half marathon events to choose from all over the country, it’s difficult to choose the best! Each course has its own perks and challenges, but here are a few of the most popular half marathon events on our site:

Cardiff Half Marathon  |  Royal Parks Half Marathon  |  North London Half Marathon  |  Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon  | Reading Half Marathon  |  Leeds Half Marathon  |  Brighton Half Marathon  |  Birmingham Half Marathon  |  Bath Half Marathon  |  Bristol Half Marathon


Related posts

Are you looking for some more information on half marathons? We have some great quick-read articles covering everything from pace, training and nutrition to top tips. See some of our related posts below:

How long is a half marathon?

Half Marathon Training Plan

Top half marathon running tips

Calories burnt running a Half Marathon

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What is the average half marathon time?

How to run a half marathon faster

What to eat before a half marathon