Here are our picks for the top UK half marathons to motivate you to get outside! Read on to get inspired, then dust off your trainers and explore another part of the UK by taking on a half marathon - it’s one of the best ways to explore a new city or location (in our humble opinion).

Reading Half Marathon

Date: TBC March 2020

About: Run the Reading half marathon to see highlights of the historic town centre. This race has one of the best atmospheres out there, with a big crowd pushing you on to the finish line outside the Madejski Stadium - you’ll be able to see it from a distance as you near the end. It’s a popular event with over 14,000 participants annually. In 2019 the event returned with great success after having to be cancelled in 2018 due to heavy snowfall.

Oxford Half Marathon

Date: 13th October 2019

About: Visit one of the most iconic university towns - take in views of the historic and beautiful city as you pass the stunning University Colleges of Oxford University. This race has a strong support crowd to keep you buzzing through the full half marathon distance. For the past few years, there has been an influx of applications to join the race. So much so that this year the organisers have decided to introduce a ballot for tickets!

Hackney Half


Date: 19th May 2019

About: Take in the electric atmosphere of the Hackney Half Festival Village before taking on one of the most iconic London half marathon races. The Hackney Festival of Fitness has been extended to three epic days, so perhaps take part in Saturday’s community 5k to warm up, or save yourself for the half on Sunday. In keeping with the Hackney vibes, this event is well known for its’ post-race celebrations, so get out there and earn yourself a post-race beer!

The Big Half

Date: 10th March 2019

About: A family-friendly running festival with something for everyone! The Big Half is a half marathon which takes in views of south London as you run from Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark - with live music and cheering crowds along the route. There’s also the option of taking part in The Little Half, which is a perfect introductory race for your first official timed event. There’s even the Big Mile - their family-friendly 1 mile run perfect for the little ones.

Surrey Half

Date: 10th March 2019

About: Explore some of England's most beautiful countryside, and take in some fresh air. Starting in Woking this half marathon takes you on a closed-road tour of the country. As well as the usual water stations along the route, there are live bands and plenty of refreshments in the event village to keep you going to the end. There’s a shorter option, a 5k race, as well as a kids run so all the family can join in!

Scottish Half

Date: 22nd September 2019

About: Get to Edinburgh for this “flat for Scotland” half marathon, there’s also a fast 10k run option - both perfect for those wanting to set a PB. The fantastic views as you run through the stunning city, along the East Lothian Golf Coast, and finish at Musselburgh Racecourse, mean it’s great for those looking for a scenic run. This race likes to look after it’s participants, you’ll not only be greeted with a medal at the end but also a race recovery pack to ease you back into the world and minimise any post-race niggles.

Conclusion

From Surrey to Scotland get outside and explore the country with some of the best half marathons in the UK. If you’d prefer to warm up to a half then perhaps start out with a 5k or 10k race. Or if it’s all a little easy at this stage, a UK marathon should provide you with a sterner challenge.