Fastest Half Marathon Races in the UK

Which are the UK’s best courses for running fast Half Marathon times? We’ve rated all the Half Marathons in the country based on their potential to provide a PB – narrowing it down to the best few. Take a look below to find out more!


Last updated: January 2019
How we calculate the ratings


1

Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon

Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 85.5

Next race: March
Expected # of Sub-90: 437 | Sub-80: 78 | Sub-70: 3
Expected winning time (overall): 1:07:16


2

Great Scottish Half Marathon

Great Scottish Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 84.2

Next race: September
Expected # of Sub-90: 396 | Sub-80: 116 | Sub-70: 17
Expected winning time (overall): 1:02:23


3

Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Brass Monkey Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 83.8

Next race: January
Expected # of Sub-90: 279 | Sub-80: 82 | Sub-70: 4
Expected winning time (overall): 1:08:29


4

Liverpool Half Marathon

Liverpool Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 82.9

Next race: March
Expected # of Sub-90: 258 | Sub-80: 47 | Sub-70: 3
Expected winning time (overall): 1:06:57


5

Brighton Half Marathon

Brighton Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 82.0

Next race: February
Expected # of Sub-90: 341 | Sub-80: 49 | Sub-70: 5
Expected winning time (overall): 1:06:57





6

Surrey Half Marathon

Surrey Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 81.6

Next race: March
Expected # of Sub-90: 261 | Sub-80: 50 | Sub-70: 2
Expected winning time (overall): 1:08:11


7

Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon

Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 81.2

Next race: February
Expected # of Sub-90: 224 | Sub-80: 55 | Sub-70: 2
Expected winning time (overall): 1:08:21


8

The Big Half

The Big Half elevation

Rating: 80.7

Next race: March
Expected # of Sub-90: 868 | Sub-80: 274 | Sub-70: 31
Expected winning time (overall): 1:01:40


9

Paddock Wood Half Marathon

Paddock Wood Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 78.2

Next race: April
Expected # of Sub-90: 220 | Sub-80: 71 | Sub-70: 4
Expected winning time (overall): 1:07:47


10

Manchester Half Marathon

Manchester Half Marathon elevation

Rating: 77.3

Next race: October
Expected # of Sub-90: 484 | Sub-80: 116 | Sub-70: 17
Expected winning time (overall): 1:04:08






11
Wokingham Half Marathon Rating: 76.8


12
Great Eastern Run, Peterborough Rating: 76.8


13
Coventry Half Marathon Rating: 75.5


14
Cardiff Half Marathon Rating: 75.5


15
Worthing Half Marathon Rating: 72.9



These races are ranked by a rating which represents their supposed PB potential. This figure is obtained by calculating the percentage of identifiable finishers who were able to achieve a new personal best time in the race. It is calculated over a three year average. The actual numbers displayed here adjusted figures and do not correspond exactly to the respective percentages (the adjustment has no impact on the rank for each race). For races where the course has later been deemed short (e.g. Brighton Half), data from the offending years is ignored.
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