5 of the best summer half marathons – Women's Running

5 of the best summer half-marathons

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  July 21, 2016

Whether you’re looking for 13.1 miles that are fast and flat or scenic and challenging, check out our pick of the top half-marathons over the coming months…

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon

This summer half features a scenic course that takes in many of Dublin’s famous sites, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, plus a nice stretch along the river and a finish in picturesque Phoenix Park. There are live local bands en route to keep your motivation high.

When? 7 August
Sign up: ie.competitor.com/Dublin

Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon, Cheddar

A super-demanding course (there’s a 600m climb simply to get to the start line!), the route is incredibly hilly, and the terrain varied and exciting, so off-road shoes are highly recommended. Expect stunning scenery and aching legs as you take on the route, which includes ‘Hell Steps’ and a speedy descent to the finish line in Strawberry Fields.

When? 21 August
Sign up: relishrunningraces.com

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Great North Run, Newcastle

A record 56,000 runners take part in this event, one of the world’s top half-marathons. The highlights? Running across the Tyne Bridge, the atmosphere and an appearance from the Red Arrows.

When? 11 September
Sign up: greatrun.org

Windsor Half Marathon, London

This beautiful half is set all on roads across a hilly course, so expect it to be fairly challenging. The route, though, more than makes up for it. Starting on the Long Walk, with Windsor Castle as a backdrop, you will complete three laps of Windsor Great Park before returning to the castle.

When? 25 September
Sign up: runwindsor.com

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Great Bristol Half Marathon, Bristol

Starting in Bristol’s historic harbourside, the scenic, sea-level route passes twice under Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s a popular race, but the two-wave start helps to ease congestion.

When? 25 September
Sign up: greatrun.org/great-bristol-half-marathon

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