Wind­sor Half Marathon

ROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY This has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most scenic but chal­leng­ing half marathons in the cal­en­dar. Even if Her Maj de­cides to take her morn­ing con­sti­tu­tional you prob­a­bly won’t be in a po­si­tion to no­tice and give her a wave, as

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takes run­ners past the beau­ti­ful white sands of Lusken­tyre beach. Outer He­brides, Scot­land, July (date tbc), har­rishalf­marathon.org

ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON ROAD – TOWN - FLAT Get­ting a place at this race is as hard as find­ing a sen­si­ble Don­ald Trump tweet. Places are al­lo­cated in a bal­lot each spring so get signed up early. The route is another great­est hits tour of cen­tral Lon­don, but it’s the minute at­ten­tion to de­tail and phe­nom­e­nally good or­gan­i­sa­tion that set this event apart. Lon­don, Oc­to­ber 8, roy­al­park­shalf.com

EALING HALF MARATHON ROAD – TOWN - HILLY When this race launched six years ago the up­take was im­me­di­ately high, demon­strat­ing the ap­petite for cred­i­ble large-scale races in west Lon­don. It has only con­tin­ued to grow since then – its uni­ver­sally ap­peal­ing course and vast post-race vil­lage make it a very at­trac­tive au­tumn half-marathon op­tion. Lon­don, Septem­ber 24, eal­ing­half­marathon.com

KIELDER HALF MARATHON TRAIL – RU­RAL - HILLY Every­one should run round stun­ning Kielder Wa­ter at least once; it’s the largest man-made lake in the UK and is sur­rounded by the type of wood­land Robin Hood and his men would have hap­pily made their home in. There are also 10K and full-marathon op­tions to choose from. Northum­ber­land, April 23, kiel­d­er­marathon.com/half-marathon

TUN­BRIDGE WELLS HALF MARATHON ROAD – RU­RAL - HILLY The route of this no­to­ri­ously tough half is a prime ex­am­ple of why Kent is called the Gar­den of Eng­land, show­cas­ing as it does some of the finest English coun­try­side you could imag­ine. Un­for­tu­nately, it also con­tains a few climbs that should by rights be tack­led with grap­pling hooks. Kent, Fe­bru­ary 19, twhar­ri­ers.org.uk

BRIS­TOL HALF MARATHON ROAD – TOWN - FLAT This is the most re­cent ad­di­tion to the Great Run series (although it’s been a fix­ture in the UK cal­en­dar for a good while). Over 10,000 run­ners ev­ery year make this an un­miss­able event, with a race-day at­mos­phere that’s sec­ond to none. The scenic, sea-level route takes run­ners past the Har­bour­side, out and back along the Port­way be­fore re­turn­ing to An­chor Road to finish. Bris­tol, Septem­ber 17, run­bris­tol.com

HAST­INGS HALF MARATHON ROAD – TOWN - HILLY Be warned: the early sec­tions of this long-es­tab­lished race (now in it’s 33rd year) will cer­tainly test you, but the lat­ter sec­tions are flat or (bliss) down­hill, so a PB is a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity. The event is also great fun (with bands and cheer­lead­ers to keep the spir­its up) and ex­cep­tion­ally well or­gan­ised. East Sus­sex, March 19, hast­ings-half.co.uk

BELFAST HALF MARATHON ROAD - TOWN - FLAT Grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity each year, the event, now in it’s fifth year, had over 4,000 par­tic­i­pants in 2016. RW race re­porter Adrian Monti ran it and was so taken that he said it was among the best half marathons he’s done in Europe. He was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the stream of sights and the rau­cous spec­ta­tors lin­ing the course. Belfast, Septem­ber 17, belfastc­i­ty­marathon.com/half-marathon

CARDIFF HALF MARATHON ROAD – TOWN - FLAT This one takes run­ners past sev­eral of the Welsh cap­i­tal’s most im­pres­sive land­marks, in­clud­ing Cardiff Cas­tle, the city’s foot­ball sta­dium, the Nor­we­gian church, Pe­narth Ma­rina, Cardiff Bay and Roath Park Lake – there’s so much to look at you’ll barely be aware of the miles pass­ing. Maybe. Cardiff, Oc­to­ber 1, cardiffhalf­marathon.co.uk

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