Best Half Marathons in the UK

So, you’re mad enough to attempt a half marathon for the first time? Or maybe you consider 21km a warm up? Whatever your experience, it’s the best feeling in the world to cross the finish line after conquering 13.1 miles (don’t underestimate that last 0.1 mile by the way!)

Your winning moment deserves a winning location, so here’s our selection of the best half marathons in the UK:


Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Why we rate it… When’s a better time to be treated like a rockstar than when you’re smashing 13.1 miles of hard running? Starting at Liverpool’s historic waterfront and coming to an epic finish at the Echo Arena, this course is lined with great music and electric support from the crowds.

Feeling keen? Next race is 9am May 26th 2019 and costs £28

Great for… those looking for an all-encompassing weekend experience (as well as the possibility of some pretty tasty cash prizes!)


Leeds Half Marathon

Why we rate it … This well organised run is a great way to kick start your summer. But, beware: this course is a challenging one! It’s perfect for those looking for a real high on completion!

Feeling keen? Next race is 9:30am at 12th May 2019 and costs £37

Great for… those craving the buzz of a city centre run, but on a smaller scale than the London epics!

Cardiff Half Marathon

Why we rate it…  As Wales’s biggest road race (and the 2nd biggest half in the UK), this one is a must for any runner. Whizzing past landmarks like Cardiff Castle and the Wales Millennium Centrecertainly distracts from the burning in your legs!

Feeling keen? Next race is 10am on Sunday 6th October 2019 and costs £42

Great for… those looking for a speedy PB 

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Why we rate it…This flat road course is unlikely to get you a PB due to its huge popularity, but with the run taking you past the finest of London city centre scenery it’s hard to complain. From The Mall to Hyde Park, prepare for huge support, stunning scenery and a Food & Fitness Festival to boot!

Feeling keen? Next race is 9am 13th October 2019

Great for… Beginners, runners with families in tow and anyone who wants to experience the buzz of a city race

Reading Half Marathon

Why we rate it … The Reading half provides roaring crowds, gorgeous university campus scenery and culminates with a spectacular stadium finish! Traffic free and drawing thousands of runners each year, Reading is the place to go for a real buzz!

Feeling keen? Next race is Sunday 5th April 2020 and costs £38

Great for… those battling through Spring marathon training

Brighton Half Marathon

Why we rate it …Brighton boasts a unique seafront view, a massage marquee, a flat course,an awesome Brighton Half Youth Race for budding athletes - and fish and chips to help your recovery!

Feeling keen? Next race is February 2020 and should cost around £35.50

Great for… Young runners and those looking to get away from the city

Birmingham Half Marathon

Why we rate it … As well as the 10k, Birmingham also hosts the Great Birmingham Half Marathon so expect big crowds and lots of hype at this cornerstone of the UK running calendar.

Feeling keen? Next race is 10th October 2019 and costs £36

Great for… those seeking a big city centre event outside of London

Bath Half Marathon

Why we rate it … Bath might be famous for its Roman spas, but the Bath half is anything but relaxing. This fast flat course is the perfect place for a PB - and in a World Heritage City no less! 

Feeling keen? Next race is Sunday 15th March 2020 and costs from £41

Great for… Speedy Gonzales'slooking for a fast run

Bristol Half Marathon

Why we rate it …The Bristol half is a lovely mix of countryside, harbourside and city centre, with spectacular views of the Avon Gorge - not that you’ll be getting much peace and quiet with music points dotted along the course to play you to victory!

Feeling keen? Next race is 15th September 2019 and costs £40

Great for… everyone looking for a mix of city centre hype and country views


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