With spring marathons just around the corner and Storm Doris having left us windswept and interesting it is back to basics this weekend with a variety of half marathons to choose from. There is no doubting the popularity of the distance, which is exactly 21.0975 kilometres or 13.1094 miles and considered to be the ideal stepping stone to the full marathon distance.
Mine's A Half (Marathon)
Sunday (26 February) is half marathon day in the south of England with events at Brighton, Sussex; Kingston, Surrey; Thorpe Park; Baldock, Hertfordshire; Headcorn, Kent; Fordingbridge, Hampshire and Roding Valley, Woodford Green, Essex.
Vitality Brighton Half Marathon will be the best attended race with an anticipated 12,000 runners due to be set off by celebrity DJ starter Fatboy Slim. This is a potentially fast course on the Brighton promenade as long as the wind abates for the 9am start.
Run the Streets, Kingston makes good use of its River Thames setting with a series of loops from the historic Market Place start and finish. Spectators will see the runners eight times if they position themselves strategically and the only hill is over Kingston Bridge.
Thorpe Park provides the spectacular setting for a brand new event on fully closed roads around one of Britain's most exciting theme parks. The start and finish is within Thorpe Park but most of the course is on flat, country roads either side of the M25 around the venue.
Meanwhile, Baldock Beast Half Marathon is a whole different animal. A multi-terrain challenge that includes quiet roads, gravel paths, fields and woodland trails awaits the entrants who return year after year to 'tame the beast'.
Wherever you decide to tackle the half or any other event this weekend runABC South wishes you a blister free experience and a following wind.
For more details on any of the events featured above visit runABC South race listings in association with Sports Tours International.