'Good' half marathon times

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Of course, there’s no such thing as a ‘good’ half marathon time - every race is a personal achievement and every runner should (and will!) have different goals on the start line. With that said, you’ve been Googling, ‘What is a “good” half marathon time?’, so we’ve been digging into data to identify the average race times.

Whether it’s your first half marathon or you’re hoping for a PB, setting a goal for those 13.1 miles can help to keep you motivated. So you can see how you fare against the average runner, we took a look at data collated by RunRepeat, which analysed 107.9 million race results from more than 70 thousand events staged in 209 countries between 1986 and 2018.

How long is a half marathon?

A half marathon in 13.1 miles. The time it takes you to run the distance will depend on your pace, which is dictated by factors like your fitness level and age.

How long does it take to train for a half marathon?

Training plans will vary in length, but most half marathon plans will be 10 to 12 weeks long.

What is the average half marathon time in the UK?

The average half marathon finish time in the UK is 2:02:43. The data shows that runners of all genders perform best over the half marathon distance when compared to marathons, 5Ks and 10Ks.

What is the average half marathon time in the UK by gender?

For males, the average half marathon finish time is 1:55:26. For females, the average half marathon finish time is 2:11:57.

What is the average time it takes to run a half marathon?

In the UK, the average pace for a man is 5.57 minutes per kilometre, or 8.96 minutes per mile. For a female runner, the average half marathon pace is 6.40 minutes per kilometre, which equates to 10.29 minute miles.

Photo credit: Romilly Lockyer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Romilly Lockyer - Getty Images

What about other countries?

According to the RunRepeat data, Russia tops the chart for the average half marathon time at 1 hour 45 minutes and 11 seconds, followed by Belgium (1 hour 48 minutes and 1 second) then Spain (1 hour 50 minutes and 20 seconds). The UK is in 20th place on the list. The data also suggests that the half marathon is the preferred distance of Europe.

What is the half marathon world record for men?

The men’s half marathon world record is 57:31. It was set by Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo at the Lisbon Half Marathon in Lisbon, Portugal, on 21 November 2021.

What is the half marathon world record for women?

The women’s half marathon world record is 1:02:52, run by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey at the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alphonso EDP in Valencia, Spain, on 24 October 2021.

Gidey broke the world record on her half-marathon debut.

What is a good time for your first half marathon?

If it’s your first half marathon, crossing the finish line anywhere between 2 hours 20 minutes and 3 hours is a solid goal for beginners.

What is a good time for intermediate half marathon runners?

For experienced runners, completing the course within two hours is a popular goal, which equals an average pace of 9 minutes 9 seconds per mile.

What is a good time for elite half marathon runners?

For elite male runners, anywhere from 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes is a common goal. Elite female athletes may set their sights anywhere between 1 hour 20 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes.

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