Maidenhead Half Marathon

A great opportunity to run on closed roads on a fast, flat course! Voted 3rd in the 'PB POTENTIAL' category in Runners World Races of the Year 2013 Awards. Suitable for beginners, PB-Hunters and competitive athletes alike.

Athletes running the Maidenhead Half Marathon
Cost:£32 - £34
Event Time:04:30 am
Event Date:01 September 2019
Event Distance:13.1 Miles

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Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event


Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.


How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.


Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;

 

Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons

 


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon

 


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The Maidenhead Half Marathon Course

Now in its 9th year, the Maidenhead Half Marathon is an established favourite in the local race calendar: it is known for its enthusiastic spectator support, impeccable organisation, and most of all its undisputed PB-potential. Held on closed roads around urban Maidenhead and scenic Cookham, this is a fast race on a flat course, and will delight everyone whether you want to improve your race time or embark on your very first half marathon.

Frequent pre-race communications and a friendly and welcoming crew on the day will ensure that you know all you need to about the event and are set to enjoy your run, whatever your goal.

The town centre start and finish means that parking and other facilities are close by; and the race village right next to the start/finish gantry provides number-collection, enquiry point, toilets, supervised baggage-drop, hot and cold drinks, and refreshments for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike.

Spectators and supporters are well catered for whether they want to visit the nearby town centre shops and cafes, soak up the atmosphere in the race village and cheer the runners in to the line, or take part themselves in the Family Fun Run.

All finishers receive a bespoke commemorative medal, and there are age-group prizes as well as prizes for the first local (SL6 postcode) male and female. Chip timing is used to ensure accurate results and to provide print-outs of your times as soon as you finish the race.

Event Location : Maidenhead, St Ives Rd, SL6 1RF

51.521905, -0.718577

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