The world's greatest marathon has a landmark-packed little sister, The Big Half - guarantee your entry today with a charity place. Run for MRF and receive a running vest or t-shirt for the big day, a full training plan and excellent fundraising advice.
After a hugely successful debut in 2018 and follow-up in 2019, the Big Half is back for 2020! It's essentially a one-day running festival centred around a half marathon. Celebrating the amazing cultural diversity of London, this event promises a party atmosphere and a truly iconic route through the heart of London.
The Big Half will start in waves from 9am. You will need to head to your assigned wave by 8:40am.
2020 route TBC later this year. Last year's route took runners through four London boroughs, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark.
The Little Half - a fun, family friendly mass participation run for all ages and abilities. Entry is FREE to under 18's and just £5 for all other participants.
The Big Relay - exclusively open to community groups from the host boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. Participants will be able to run in teams of four, each person will run one leg of The Big Relay.
The best way for spectators to reach different parts of the course is via public transport. With many roads being closed throughout the day, London Overground and Underground train services are recommended. Make sure to travel light in comfortable clothes and be aware of how busy Greenwich will be around the finish area.
There's plenty to do in London if you're looking to make a weekend of it.
Need something to entertain the kids? Take a ride on the magnificent London Eye or pop over to London Zoo in Regent's Park to meet over 650 species of animals.
"I did the inaugural event last year and again in 2019 and enjoyed running it. It's a good training run for a spring marathon. Great organisation. Would definitely recommend it anyone looking for an early spring fun run." - Dasen Pather
"Excellent run if you're looking for one in the capital." - Charlotte Weatherall
"My first Big Half didn't disappoint. I will be back in 2020." - Matt Hudson
The best way to guarantee your entry is by securing a charity place. Many UK charities offer entry in return for raising funds. This means you become part of a charity team in the run-up to the event, on the big day itself and beyond!
A second phase of entries will go on sale in the autumn. The best way to secure your entry in the Big Half is with a charity place!
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