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The Big Half

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The Big Half Marathon is a vibrant, fun and inclusive festival of running! The 13.1 mile course weaves through London from Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Great for novices and experienced participants alike. Come for the finisher’s medal or to celebrate London’s diversity.

Explore the England's Capital City Further

A remarkable first Half Marathon

Stroll through Green park, pick up a coffee in Soho, watch the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or ride the London Eye. There is so much energy and history in London that we urge you to explore further!

The aim of The Big Half is to inspire runners of all backgrounds and experiences to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of running, a perfect choice for anyone looking to take on their first Half Marathon.

Included in your package

  • 2 or 3 nights at the Wilde Aparthotel Aldgate Tower Bridge Hotel
  • Breakfast included
  • Support of our Sports Tours representatives
  • Pre-race 5k shakeout run
  • Escort to the marathon start line
  • Post race celebration drinks at the hotel bar
  • An exclusive New Balance T-shirt
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Wilde Aparthotel Aldgate Tower Bridge
Wilde Aparthotel Aldgate Tower Bridge

London's hippest aparthotel is inspired by the brilliant Oscar Wilde and will delight those seeking a home from home that’s rich on charm, personality, style, elegance, creativity, quirkiness and originality. It's a combination of home comforts such as fully equipped kitchens and hotel services such as 24-hour reception, but with the addition of superior interior finishes including natural timber flooring, bespoke joinery, crafts, artwork and soft furnishings.


Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Room service

2 nights
3 nights

* Please note that the price is based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or 2 single beds. Single supplement fee for a single occupancy of a room. Extra nights are available upon request.

Race highlights










30 August

Arrival Day

Today is arrival day. Once you’re checked in, come and meet your Sports Tours representatives at reception and most importantly, you can meet your fellow runners; with whom you are about to experience a race like no other!

31 August

5K shakeout run

After breakfast, join our complimentary 5k Shakeout run to get your legs moving pre-race day, led by a Sports Tours representative. The rest of the day is yours to take in all the sights and sounds of London.

1 September

The Big Half!

Today is race day! After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by a Sports Tours representative to the marathon start line. The course starts in the shadows of Tower Bridge. From here, participants will head to Canary Wharf, then come back along the Highway to cross Tower Bridge into the borough of Southwark as they head towards the finish at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The Big Half starts at 8:30am! After the Marathon, you can head back to the hotel (by your own means) for a well-earned celebratory drink in the hotel bar with the team.

2 September

Departure day

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and, depending on your onward travel, head out to enjoy the city.

The Big Half +


Half Marathon inclusions +
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Fully marshalled course
  • Bag drop (bags will be transported to the finish)
  • Water stations
  • Aid stations
  • Chip-timed event
Local transport links +

The local underground, train, and Dockland Light Railway (DLR) are links recommended to travel around London, to and from the airport.

Local Transport Links 

Tower Gateway (DLR)

Tower Hill (Underground)

London Bridge (Train and Underground)

Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

Do you cater for children? +

Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

Can I extend my stay along the way? +

Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

How can I pay for my holiday? +

Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

Do I need travel insurance? +

Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

Can I travel on my own? +

Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

What is twin to share? +

On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

Is the entry guaranteed? +

All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

Do I need to pay a deposit? +

A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

When will I receive my tickets? +

Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

What is included in the price? +

What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

What is not included in the price? +

What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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