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The Big Half 2022 : International Runners Program

The Big Half 2022 : International Runners Program

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Sunday 4 September 2022, The Big Half is set to have an unmissable festival atmosphere – and everyone's invited!

The Big Half will see up to 15,000 runners set off from 09:00 by Tower Bridge on the 13.1-mile course which finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Bands and entertainers will be performing along the route and the day will conclude with live music, food and activities for all the family at The Vitality Big Festival near the Finish Area in Greenwich Park until 16:00

London Marathon Events created The Big Half in 2018, in partnership with Sported as the London Marathon organisers recognised that many of London’s running events didn’t truly reflect the communities they pass through. With the Big Half they want to change this by bringing Londoners of all backgrounds and abilities together in a celebration of the city’s diversity.

So while The Big Half features the some of the world’s best athletes – in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite fields – and thousands of mass participation runners taking on the same course, it’s much more than a half marathon. It’s a community running festival, and everyone is invited!

In 2020, the Big Half recorded 16,222 participants crossing the Finish Line in the third edition of The Big Half – that’s not to mention all the spectators and local residents who got involved on the day and made it feel so special.

International Runner Packages from £249 per person for 2 nights

For international runners we offer hotel packages with a stay of 2 or 3 nights near Tower Bridge. The 2022 Big Half Entry is included in the price and you can choose from Hotel Travelodge London City or Hotel Leonardo Royal.

Conditions of Sale

Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell entries to residents of the UK.

If you already have your own Big Half Entry then you can book hotel stays with us in London for 1 or 2 nights.

The Big Half is one of the most popular half marathons in the world and sells out every year. Marathon Tours & Travel is an official tour operator for the 2022 Big Half. We are delighted to partner with the event and we offer guaranteed entry into this sell-out event.

What you get with Marathon Tours & Travel?  

Marathon Tours & Travel 2022 Big Half package includes the following:

  • Guaranteed Entry for 2022 Big Half (International Travel packages)
  • Your hotel in London for 2 or 3 nights
  • Hotel taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast in hotel
  • Support and guidance from Marathon Tours & Travel team in London
  • ABTA protected
  • Non Runner Discount

International runner packages include the entry fee. Non runners will receive a discount of £72. 

Your Itinerary

Depending on the length of stay you have booked with us you might arrive before or depart on different days to the following itinerary. The itinerary below reflects the 3 night package

Friday 2nd September, 2022: Arrival Day

Make your own arrangements to arrive at your hotel in London today. Usually, hotel rooms are ready to check in after 2pm. If you arrive early, then you can leave your luggage with the hotel and explore your surroundings while you wait for the room to be ready.

What about my race bib collection?

You can collect your Race Pack on either Saturday or on Race Day, Sunday 10 March. To collect your pack, you will need to show photo ID or a photocopy of your photo ID. We can accept passports, driving licences or national ID cards.

On Saturday, collection is available from 13:00 to 18:00 from: The Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, St Katharine’s and Wapping, London, E1W 1LD

The Big Half team members will be based in the hotel reception area to help you. On Race Day, collection is available from 07:00 from the Information Point in your Start Area. 

Your Entry Pack includes:

  • Bib number* and safety pins
  • Timing device
  • Gear check tag
  • Participant bag to use for the baggage service
  • *Running shirt will be handed out at the finish

How do I contact Marathon Tours & Travel Team during my stay?

Marathon Tours & Travel staff with local knowledge of London and the team will be available at certain times in the reception area of the hotel. Times and contact numbers will be provided with your final documents and itinerary.

The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure.

Saturday 3rd September, 2022: Preparation day with optional orientation run

After breakfast the Marathon Tours & Travel Team invite all our runners to join us for an easy run. The route will take you from your hotel to the start area and surrounds and is not expected to be longer than 5km. Supporters are very welcome to join too. 

After the warmup run we will then take an escorted trip to the marathon expo, for anybody who is yet to visit to collect their race bib and pack.

The rest of the day and evening is free for you to enjoy London at your leisure.

Sunday 4th September, 2022: Race Day

The Big Half starts at Tower Bridge and finishes at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Our hotel is an easy walk to the start and it’s easy to grab public transport back from the finish. 

You will collect your medal and your recovery bag, which contains your sized finisher T-shirt and a foil blanket to help you keep warm. Volunteers will help remove your IPICO Sports Tag from your running shoe. Next, you will be directed into the grounds of the National Maritime Museum where you will be able to collect your kitbag from the same baggage drop vehicle that you handed it to at the Start. Please remember you will need to show your running number to collect your bag. Once you have collected our kitbag, you can make use of the changing facilities in the museum grounds before entering The Big Festival in Greenwich Park.

Please ask your family and friends to meet you at the Meet and Greet signs in Greenwich Park and not to congregate at the Finish Area exit.

We recommend travelling to The Big Half on foot, by cycling or by using public transport. We strongly discourage driving to the event due to the extensive road closures which will be operating along the route from 04:00. 

You will be feeling tired after The Big Half, so make sure you plan your journey home in advance. The nearest stations are Greenwich station, Cutty Sark DLR station and Maze Hill railway station. Local buses will also be operating to Greenwich town centre. If you are travelling by public transport, please visit or

Monday 5th September, 2022: Departure Day

Unless you have booked extra nights with us then today, we ask that you check out of your room before 12 noon, and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours & Travel.

Need to Know

Conditions of Sale

Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package and we cannot sell race entries to residents of the UK.

How to book

To make your booking, click on the orange button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.


When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically. The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.

Travel advice

Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for UK’s current entry restrictions and requirements. Advice for the UK is available here – UK travel advice

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events in the UK.

Training Plan

Having a training plan is key to achieving your goal on Event Day. Whether you are aiming to complete The Big Half as a major bucket list item, or it’s a stepping-stone towards the TCS London Marathon or another full marathon, it is vital that you have a plan to help you get there. Simply pick the plan best suited to your ability, download the plans below and enjoy your training! Download your training plan here

Course time limit

The race starts at 09.00 and the cut off time is 4 hours. The route passes through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich. There are water stations at Miles 3,6 and 10 as well as a Lucozade Sport station at Mile 8. Water will also be available at the finish and the finisher bag will contain Lucozade Sport. The 2022 Big Half will be the second successive year that The Big Half has taken place in the later part of the year rather than its original March date.


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