Who we are
The St Albans Half Marathon is a community-focused event that aims to raise funds for local charities and organizations while also providing a fun family day out.
This five-kilometer run, which takes place in the verdant Verulamium Park, is suitable for runners of all skill levels. No matter if you're a seasoned runner looking to improve your personal best or a beginner looking to tackle a shorter distance, our marshals will cheer you on and keep you entertained the entire time with their costumes. This applies whether you're looking to improve your personal best or tackle a shorter distance. And the fact that there is free ice cream waiting for you at the finish line will unquestionably serve as a morale booster during the race's final kilometers.
1.5 mile fun run for children
At the beginning of the summer, sign your children up for the 1.5 Mile Fun Run, which is a great way to get them moving and introduce them to the beautiful Verulamium Park. All children under the age of 8 are required to be accompanied by an adult while those older than 9 years old are allowed to run independently. During the entirety of the race, our marshals will encourage you and entertain you with their costumes. In addition, there will be a free ice lolly waiting for you after you cross the finish line!
History of the Event
Phil Gibson, a local businessman, founded the St Albans Half Marathon in 1982 to raise funds for a hospital scanner after his mother died of breast cancer. The first race, known as the Mini Marathon, was open to runners, joggers, and walkers. It drew 1,300 competitors, each of whom paid a £1.00 entry fee and received a certificate upon completion. Local athlete Kirk Dumpleton was the first man home, and local schoolteacher Irene Peatie was the first woman. Alan Woollaston sat on the gantry above the finish line, speaking the numbers of the finishers into a tape recorder, then working late into the evening with his son to feed them into the computer. The results were so important that the presentations had to be made the next day.
The event was deemed a resounding success. It was billed as the largest charity event ever held in St Albans. It was hoped that it would turn into an annual event. We are proud to say that the race has become a regular fixture on the running calendar, attracting athletes from all over the world. Despite injury and pregnancy, three of our local athletes have competed in every race! Duncan Burgoyne, Tony Crocker, and Paula Wise are their names. Since its inception, the event has grown to include fun runs for children, a 5K race, and the Walking Half Marathon, with over 6,000 participants.
The long-standing path
The long-standing route for the half marathon on St Albans' Redbourn side became unavailable.
Bedmond - St Albans
Explosions at Buncefield Oil Depot
This occurred in the aftermath of the Buncefield Oil Depot explosions and fire in December 2005. The course that took place in the pleasant lanes towards Bedmond replaced a subsequent route that included a section through the central shopping area of St Albans (some runners commented on the hills!). In 2013, we announced a new course that is just as rewarding! Local groups of volunteers from schools and sporting organizations marshal it. The £780,000 raised has benefited more than 80 national and local charities. Aspire, BHF, Clic Sargent, Grove House, ABC Scanner Appeal, NSPCC, Willow Foundation, and Everyman are just a few of the charities that have benefited. Headway Hertfordshire and Renaissance: St Albans are our 2014 charities.