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
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
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