Half marathons

Help us stop MS, one step at a time. Join our MS Superstars team for one of the brilliant half marathons happening around the UK.

Last year you raised over £1,000,000 by getting your running shoes on.

This year, we want to beat that.

Running events are a great way to raise money for charity. They get you active and are a great day out for friends and family coming to support.

We work hard to support people living with MS and are doing ground-breaking research to find cures and treatment. But we can’t do it without amazing people like you helping us fundraise.

Run a half marathon

Looking to get your running shoes on to help stop MS? A charity half marathon is a great way to do it.

We have charity places secured for some of the biggest and best half marathons, including the Great North Run and the Cardiff Half Marathon. You can register for one of our charity places – simply pledge to raise the minimum fundraising target.

If you already have your own place, you can still sign up to raise money for us.

Get fit, have fun and be an MS Superstar.

Half marathon frequently asked questions 

Answering some common questions about half marathons.

How long is a half marathon?

A half marathon is 13.1 miles, or 21 kilometres.

How long does it take to run a half marathon?

Usually, people run a half marathon in 2.5 hours or less. A fast time for a half marathon is usually classed as under 1.5 hours.

Of course, your time will vary depending on your personal fitness level, the weather and how flat or hilly the course is.

How do you train for a half marathon?

 You should begin training for a half marathon a few months before the race date. This will allow you to gradually build your fitness and endurance.

Half marathon training plans usually involve running a few times a week, with one longer run per week. This gets slightly longer each week as you approach the race.

View an example half marathon training plan from Runners World

Do people walk at all during half marathons?

Half marathon events are usually for runners. But of course, sometimes people need to take a break by walking. You can walk a half marathon course, but a charity walking event might be more suitable for you.

Learn more about our different half marathons and how to sign up below.