When you’re running a half marathon, enjoying the scenery and soaking up the atmosphere can take a back seat when you’re digging deep and pushing yourself to the limit, especially in those last few kilometres. Here are five half marathons where you definitely won’t want to miss the sights and scenery:

UK Half Marathons

Forget the tour guides! Run solo or as a team in this stunning half, which takes in world-famous London landmarks like Somerset House, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall on closed roads, not to mention four of its eight magnificent Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s and Kensington Gardens.

Don’t forget to celebrate with good grub and live music at the Food & Fitness Festival after your race!

Royal Parks Foundation Half & Ultra 2014

Originally set up by Keswick Rugby Club to raise funds for its youth coaching programme, this Lakeland run skirts the spectacular Derwentwater (pictured) with a loop into the picturesque Newlands Valley, so expect lots of climbs and descents!

If you like the scenery, you can always head further north to the Scottish Highlands for the Mamores Half Marathon, which kicks off in Kinlochleven and takes you through the Mamores, Glen Nevis, past the lofty Ben Nevis and into Fort William.

International Half Marathons

The course here is nice and flat so that you can enjoy the Atlantic views as you run through the Key West Historic Seaport and along sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. Seafood and cocktails are recommended as a well-deserved post-race snack! American literature buffs also have the option of running the Hemingway 5K Sunset Run, which goes through Old Town Key West and past the late authors house and museum.

This West Coast race start at the Cuvaison Carneros Winery in Napa County and takes you through the region’s stunning vineyards, ranches and farms, treating you to views of the incredible Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Preserve, San Pablo Bay and Mount Tamalpais in Marin, the area’s highest peak.

On the way, you’ll see plenty of agricultural wildlife, from horses and cows to donkeys and llamas. Enjoy a glass of wine and some wine country hospitality after the event!

Taking place amongst the snow-capped mountains of British Columbia, this half takes runners along the shores of Alta Lake and through Whistler’s temperate rainforests, with views of Fitzsimmons Creek and Blackcomb Mountain.

With four hills and 250m of elevation en route, we recommend mixing some inclines into your training programme!

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