UK Half Marathons & Marathon Events

If you are looking to test yourself over 13.1 miles, there are lots of great UK half marathons to choose from.  From North to South, big to small, there are hundreds of UK half marathons to choose from each year.

One of the most well known is the Great North Run.  Over its thirty-one year history it has grown to become the biggest mass participation run in the UK, with a field that has now reached an incredible 54,000.  Running from Newcastle through Gateshead to South Shields, it is the ultimate UK half marathon if you like your races crowded and festive!

If Newcastle is too far for you to travel, there is also a Southern version, named, as you would expect, the Great South Run.  The Great South Run began in Southampton in 1990, before moving to the neighbouring city of Portsmouth the following year.  It’s not quite a half marathon, but has become Europe’s most popular 10 mile race, and in 2010 witnessed the fastest 10-mile run ever seen in the UK, Kenyan World cross country champion Joseph Ebuya producing a stunning time of 45:16.

Other popular races include the Reading Half Marathon – 16,500 strong, it ends with a lap around the Madejski Stadium, with the crowd there to offer you a lift after 13.1 hard miles – and the Silverstone Half Marathon. 

The Silverstone Half Marathon adds another unique twist to distance running by taking runners around Britain’s iconic Silverstone racing track, home to the British Grand Prix.  While you won’t reach Formula 1 speeds, racing around this famous track is another great way to enjoy a long race.

As popular as these events are, it also worth remembering that there are local races taking place all over the country throughout the year – if you enjoy a quieter experience these can also be great fun.