Top Ten Half Marathons in the UK

Half Marathon List Top 10 Half Marathons

There are hundreds of half marathons throughout the UK. Choosing our favourite ten races was a tough job, but we've managed to narrow it down to those listed below. Races were chosen according to our experience and feedback from friends, colleagues and fellow runners.

Surrey Half Marathon

1. Surrey Half Marathon
A well deserved winner! Great organisation before and on race day helped make this a supremely enjoyable event. A faultless experience from beginning to end, from the start line to water distribution and support around the course, made this a very memorable race.



Milton Keynes Half Marathon

2. Milton Keynes Half Marathon
We almost ranked this race No. 1! Reviews showed that Milton Keynes certainly knows how to provide a quality half marathon. Pre-race signup, race start, support along the route and post race swag were all rated highly. This is definitely one for the 'to do list'.

Kimbolton Castle Half Marathon

3. Kimbolton Castle Half Marathon
Based at Kimbolton Castle, this hilly race is a bit tough, and probably not for PB-hunters. However, this reasonably priced race inspired such high praise that we felt that it merited a top 3 rating.

Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon

4. Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon
Again this race sold out in minutes. This stunning beach marathon is one for the bucket list.

Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield

5. Oxford Half Marathon
We ran this race in 2015, and were impressed. And reports of the scenic route, excellent organisation and superb crowds were sufficient to keep it in our top 10.

Palace Half Marathon

6. Palace Half Marathon
A scenic run through the Hampton Court gardens and surrounding estate, with the chance of seeing some deer. This is a well organised, friendly race with supportive crowds. Our experience, and reports, were good enough to improve it's ranking.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

7. Snowdonia Half Marathon
Another race expected to fill in almost no time. The rugged beauty of the Welsh mountains is more than enough to attract a full complement of runners.

Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon

8. Royal Borough of Kingston Half Marathon
A well-organised race starting and finishing in historical Kingston. Flat and fast, it's much loved by those chasing a PB.

Ironbridge Half Marathon

9. Ironbridge Half Marathon
A scenic route past the historic sights around Telford. And some amazing crowd support is sure to help you along the way. Photo: shropshirestar.com

Liverpool Half Marathon

10. Liverpool Half Marathon
Despite the cobbles and coastal winds, runners will enjoy the superb crowds while running over scenic hills and through old streets to some beautiful parks.

Honourable mentions
There were a few races that almost made it into our top 10, and may do so next year. These include the North London Half Marathon, Skye Half Marathon, Isle of Harris Half Marathon and the Belfast Half Marathon.