Apart from a lot more musicians on route to give you the best race day ever…Our Run Leicester Half Marathon route remains unchanged from 2021. After the buzz of the start line you head out of Victoria Park and have a lovely long down hill straight into the city centre. We head straight across town via Charles Street and Belgrave Gate, and then it’s onwards along Leicester’s famous Golden mile on generally flat roads until you reach our first water stop approximately 3 miles in.
Continuing further out of the city we head up through Thurmaston, and around to the top of Watermead Park before turning back into the park near the Hope and Anchor pub. This marks roughly the half way point as you start to head back into the city.
You’re then treated to beautiful flat tarmac paths running alongside several of the stunning lakes in Watermead Park, with a very short but slightly steep hump back bridge to contend with before you reach mile 7.
We exit Watermead Park into Birstall via Whiles Lane, where there is one of our very few hills to deal with as you run back up to join the main road in Birstall. You are however rewarded with a lovely long gentle downhill that takes you all the way back to the city limits.
Reaching Loughborough Road, we then follow wide tarmac paths that run parallel to the canal all the way back to the beautiful Abbey Park – where you will also find our final water station around mile 11.
From here we head through St Margarets underpass to get back right into the city centre, before running right through St Peter’s Square with the Highcross Shopping Centre towering above you, and up along the the entire length of Leicester’s High Street before reaching our iconic Clock Tower.
From here we make our way past the Town Hall before joining the wonderfully idyllic route up New Walk, which is your final hill that will take you all the way back to the finish line at Victoria Park.
Be sure to check out all of our updates on why you should be running Leicester on Sunday 30th October at leicestermarathon.org.uk/why-run. It’s here you will find all the details of all the latest bands and entertainment we have lined up to keep you moving all the way round the Run Leicester Half Marathon!