RUN Leicester half marathon
The Run Leicester Half is our flagship event and will see thousands of runners take on the 13.1 mile distance. With roads closed for the duration of the event and plenty of entertainment to keep your legs moving, runners will have Leicester’s city streets all to themselves. Our much-loved half marathon route will start and finish at Victoria Park, heading through the city and out along Leicester’s golden mile, before looping back in via Watermead Park and Abbey Park, after which we take in more of the city iconic landmarks before the final push up the idyllic New Walk all the way to the finish line.
Who can enter?
The Run Leicester Half is open to anyone and everyone over the age of 17. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or have just started running this year and are contemplating your first ever half marathon Run Leicester is definitely for you. Nothing beats the atmosphere of a big city centre event and we’ll keep you going all the way with entertainment to keep you moving ever closer to that finish line. The route is for the most part relatively flat, with the exception of one short hill just before the 8 mile mark in Birstall, and then the final mile up New Walk where the adrenaline will kick in and you will earn that finisher’s medal just around the corner.
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What is the route?
The race arena and both the start and finish are all situated in Victoria Park, just outside the city centre. After an initial downhill run for the first mile, we run straight through the city centre and head out on miles 2-6 which are all relatively flat and follow Leicester’s Golden Mile all the way to the top end of Watermead Park. From there we had back through the park, still relatively flat until you get to a short uphill and downhill around mile 8. From there you re-enter the city and follow nice paths roughly along the course of the canal down through Abbey Park before heading back into the city centre. Miles 9-12 are relatively flat as well and we run through the Highcross and straight down High Street before eventually turning up the idyllic New Walk which is your final hill to push through all the way to the finish back at Victoria Park.
The first 500 people to register will be able to take of advantage of our early bird offer and register for just £31.00, with UKA affiliated runners being able to claim a further £2 discount. This includes your participation, postage of your race pack (if you live in the UK and register no later than one week before the event), as well as of course your hard-earned medal for when you cross that finish line. Souvenir technical race t-shirts are an optional extra which you can order when you register and collect on the day. Get in quick as once our first 500 places are gone the price will rise to £35.00 which will be available up until 17th October. After this time late entries will still be available until entries close on Wednesday 27th October.
Frequently asked questions
Have a question that we’ve not yet answered? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section below which we hope covers quite a wide variety of subjects. If not, you can always contact us at any time by sending an email to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Did you know that Run Leicester is an entirely not-for-profit event? At the end of the event each year we donate all proceeds from Run Leicester events to our official charity partner LOROS Hospice. So by taking part, you are not just achieving something incredible and having a fantastic experience running round Leicester’s city streets, but also supporting a great local cause that cares for thousands of terminally ill patients and their families each and every year. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you for choosing to Run Leicester with us!