Marathons in the United Kingdom

Marathons are run over 26.2 miles (or 42.2km). In the UK, the London Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world, and has raised over £1 billion for charity since it began in 1981.
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  • MAY23
    Edinburgh Marathon Festival
    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K race? The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has them all. The course starts in the city of Edinburgh and takes you along...

    £10 - £45
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • APR26
    Virgin Money London Marathon
    London, London, United Kingdom

    The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors and the undisputed king of the UK race calendar.

    The famous route takes...

    • Running
    • Marathon
  • APR19
    Brighton Marathon Weekend
    Brighton, England, United Kingdom

    2020 Brighton Marathon Reopening - Register Your Interest! Entries reopen soon for the unforgettable 2020 Brighton Marathon. Dont miss out on your chance to...

    Free
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 10k
    • Road Cycling
  • APR5
    ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
    Stretford, North West, United Kingdom

    The ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon is one of the UKs premier running events, famous for its fast, flat and friendly route.

    We pride ourselves on...

    Charity Tickets
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT6
    Bournemouth Marathon Festival
    Bournemouth, South West, United Kingdom

    Stunning seaside views, a chance to run on two piers, and a spectacular finish make this event one to remember. Runners will get the chance to feel...

    £17.50 - £53.50
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • DEC8
    RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - December
    Chichester, South East, United Kingdom

    Join us for a unique opportunity to run a Half Marathon, Marathon, 20 mile, 10k & 5k at Goodwood Motor Circuit organised by RunThrough Events. Run at...

    £21
    • Running
    • 5k
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • OCT6
    MBNA Chester Marathon
    Chester, North West, United Kingdom

    The UK's favourite marathon (under 5000 runners) as voted by you in 2018. An iconic start at the Racecourse sets participants off on a tour of...

    £37.75 - £55
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT20
    The Yorkshire Marathon
    York, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    This is one of the UK's most popular marathon races, and has sold out for the last few years. With a course offering great views of ancient York, as...

    £48 - £50
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT6
    Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
    Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

    The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly...

    £5 - £57
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • OCT6
    Windsor Marathon & Half Marathon River Trail Run
    Windsor, South East, United Kingdom

    Due to demand & following the hugely successful Royal Windsor Marathon and Half Marathon River Trail Run, we are excited to announce the NEW Windsor...

    £30 - £35
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP22
    RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - September
    Chichester, South East, United Kingdom

    Join us for a unique opportunity to run a Half Marathon, Marathon, 20 mile, 10k & 5k at Goodwood Motor Circuit organised by RunThrough Events. Run at...

    £21 - £32
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • SEP28
    Causeway Coast Marathon
    Portballintrae, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    Having established itself as one of the most scenic marathons in the world, this year's Causeway Coast Marathon is set to attract participants from...

    £27.50 - £62
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • NOV16
    Tollymore Trail Marathon Events
    Newcastle, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    The Tollymore Trail Marathon is the perfect end of year trail ultra marathon, marathon and half marathon event, along with a 10K race.

    Join us for...

    £27.50 - £62
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT20
    The Chelmsford Marathon
    Chelmsford, East of England, United Kingdom

    Be part of this major sporting event that takes you from the center of Chelmsford out into the Essex countryside before returning to the city to cross the...

    £38 - £42
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • NOV30
    Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
    Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Join the Time2RunEvents Team for this Festive 2 Days of Running around the National Water Sports Center in Nottingham. Both Days There will be Live Music,...

    £6 - £38
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • APR5
    The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon
    Charing, South East, United Kingdom

    The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon is ideal for those who prefer an alternative to the big city, mass participation spring marathons. This...

    £22 - £32
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • JUL18
    Race to the Tower
    Whiteshill, South West, United Kingdom

    If you are looking to test your hill running, jogging or walking ability, you have come to the right place! The 52.4 mile route is guaranteed to challenge...

    £59 - £189
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
  • APR19
    Boston Marathon (UK)
    Boston, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Boston (UK) Marathon is back for another year after establishing a very popular and successful event over the last few years. The flattest marathon course...

    £5 - £30
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • JUN20
    Race to the King
    Arundel, South East, United Kingdom

    Are you ready to conquer the King?

    This award-winning historical trail is back and ready to challenge runners, joggers and walkers alike.

    From...

    £59 - £189
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
  • APR25
    The Fox
    Godalming, South East, United Kingdom

    We teamed up with ULTRA magazine again to bring you The Fox Ultra. A 60K circular ultra run route around Guildford.

    The route will be fully marked and...

    £25 - £80
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • APR26
    The Tissington Trail Marathon
    Ashbourne, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    After a successful debut, the Tissington Trail Marathon returns to run through picturesque Derbyshire countryside for a second time.

    Brought to you by...

    £35 - £37
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • SEP22
    Hull Marathon
    Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Join us for one of the UK's flagship marathons, we look forward to seeing you all there! With a spectacular start in the shadow of the north tower on...

    £5 - £80
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • DEC7
    Leeds & Liverpool Christmas Cracker
    Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Don those festive costumes and take part in the Leeds & Liverpool Christmas Cracker. Runners of all levels will enjoy competing in events from a 5k to a...

    £10.50
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV2
    Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter
    Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    Welcome to Thames Meander Marathon & Half Marathon - November. A choice of two Winter runs through the scenic Richmond Park, meandering along the Thames...

    £30 - £40
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT13
    Burton Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k
    Burton Bradstock, South West, United Kingdom

    We return in 2019 with the BB Marathon and associated running distance events, building on the amazing time had in 2018 and now in its 4th year, our events...

    £10 - £30
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • NOV24
    Brett Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Winter
    Kennington, South East, United Kingdom

    Returning again this year is the Brett Owler Marathon, which also includes a half marathon and 10K. The event is open to runners of all abilities and...

    £20 - £33
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • JUN7
    Huddersfield Marathon & Half Marathon
    Huddersfield, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Huddersfield Marathon is a great way to bring your summer to an exciting and fulfilling start. Incorporating a half Marathon and the HD3 Fitness fun run at...

    £15 - £28
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT19
    King Of The Hill – Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
    Marsden, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    The best ideas are always the most simple! Start at the bottom of the hill and run to the top, then if that's not enough run, back down again. 400m up...

    £5 - £18
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • MAY9
    Dulux London Revolution Trails
    Marlow, South East, United Kingdom

    Escape the city and explore the great British countryside with hundreds of other trail-goers. Delve into the woodlands, test yourself on the Chiltern climbs...

    £27 - £59
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV16
    Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival
    Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    This established trail running festival is back for another year and getting bigger and better every time. The event starts and finishes in the grounds of...

    £19 - £41
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • DEC7
    Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon
    Stocksbridge, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Starting from the beautiful village of Langsett, this new and exciting race will twist and wind you through some of the most scenic forest trails in the...

    £22 - £35
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • DEC7
    Sailsbury Plain Marathon/Half Marathon
    Shipton Bellinger, South East, United Kingdom

    Join us for this Marathon and Half Marathon on the amazing Salisbury Plain! The largest military training area in the country and the largest Calcareous...

    £25 - £35
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY10
    Race The Tide
    Mothecombe, England, United Kingdom

    Having sold out last year, we are back again. Race The Tide is in the glorious setting of the Flete Estate in Mothecombe, Devon, and we are hosting 3 races...

    £26 - £62
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • JUN20
    Tsunami Ocean Trails
    The Wharf, South West, United Kingdom

    The TSUNAMI series of trail races is due to hit the North Devon and Cornish coastline this summer.

    We have chosen the most rugged, wild and remote...

    £24 - £102
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
  • NOV13
    Hell of A Hill Marathon 5 Day Challenge
    Heath Charnock, North West, United Kingdom

    Hell of a Hill Marathon is arguably the toughest 26.2 miles in the UK, and the toughest 5 consecutive marathons in 5 days in the World - only the toughest...

    £36 - £180
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • APR26
    Sea 2 Summit - The Offas Dyke Marathon & Half Marathon
    Prestatyn, Wales, United Kingdom

    The only way is up with these new Half Marathon/Marathon/Ultra distance races along the Offas Dyke footpath!

    Starting at Prestatyn seafront, the...

    £20
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • APR5
    Sublime Peterborough Marathon
    Peterborough, East of England, United Kingdom

    An exciting NEW Marathon run on a 95% traffic-free beautiful course, starting and finishing within yards of the fantastic Race HQ and event venue, the...

    $46.75
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • MAY10
    Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
    Stroud, South West, United Kingdom

    The Stroud Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are a fabulous & challenging mixture of local trails, Cotswold hills, famous Towpaths, disused Railway...

    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT17
    Kings Forest Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon & Half
    Bury Saint Edmunds, East of England, United Kingdom

    The Kings Forest is just 4 miles outside Bury St Edmunds, easily accessible from East Anglia, London and the East Midlands. Provides a wonderful traffic...

    £30
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
  • NOV30
    Endurancelife Dorset Marathon
    Wareham, South West, United Kingdom

    Given World Heritage status in 2001, The Jurassic Coast Path through Dorset is quite simply unique. This is the only location on the planet where in a few...

    £33 - £77
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT13
    Eden Project Marathon
    Par, South West, United Kingdom

    Cornwalls biggest running event, the Eden Marathon and Half Marathon returns with a multi-terrain route through spectacular countryside.

    A firm...

    £30 - £37
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT6
    Isle of Wight Marathon
    Cowes, South East, United Kingdom

    A brand new course (first used 2013) of one lap featuring the much quieter roads on the west of the island.These are the undulating town and rural roads...

    £21 - £24
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT19
    Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Suffolk
    Dunwich, East of England, United Kingdom

    Natural England, the RSBP and the National Trust are but a sample of the many key-holders managing this sensitive and beautiful landscape. We are privileged...

    £33 - £66
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT27
    SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon
    Dublin 8, County Dublin, Ireland

    Widely known as the,Friendly Marathon', this is an increasingly popular event, and a great opportunity to experience true Irish hospitality and take...

    €70
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • DEC28
    Great Barrow Challenge – Xmas Triple Tipple
    Barrow, East of England, United Kingdom

    Take part on this event which consist of 3 marathons in 3 consecutive...

    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT19
    The Dramathon
    Dufftown, Scotland, United Kingdom

    THE EVENT

    You have the choice of a full marathon (Glenfarclas to Glenfiddich), a half-marathon (Tamdhu to Glenfiddich), a 10K (Aberlour to...

    £31 - £57
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • SEP29
    Monster Run Fest
    Ely, East of England, United Kingdom

    The Run Fest started out as just the Ultra event, and in 2014 became the Run Fest and added two other distances on the same day. So you now have the choice...

    £25
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • JAN19
    Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K
    Quedgeley, South West, United Kingdom

    On what is a largely flat and traffic-free course with entirely closed roads except for two sections on the route. The course has been changed so its now a...

    £30 - £47
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
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About Marathons in the UK

Marathons are 26.2 miles long (or 42.2k) and make up some of the most popular and spectacular races held in the UK. People run marathons for many different reasons, either for a loved one, a personal goal or for a great cause. In 2016, Shannon Foudy became the one millionth runner to complete the London Marathon.

What are the best marathons?

The most famous is the London Marathon, which last year produced a record 40,000+ finishers and over 800,000 spectators flooded the streets to cheer them on. If you're thinking of running a marathon, London is not only the most popular but also one of the flattest, so it's a great place to push for a PB. If you missed out on a ballot place, other super flat marathons include ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, Brighton Marathon, and Edinburgh Marathon. These are held in the spring / early summer, around the same time as the London Marathon. If you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path, the New Forest Marathon, Baxters Loch Ness Marathon (watch out for Nessie) and Yorkshire Marathon all run from late summer into autumn.

How long will it take me to run a marathon?

The average time for London Marathon finishers in 2018 was 3h48m for males and 4h23m for females. This is significantly faster than the global average of around 4h13m and 4h42m for men and women respectively. Don't focus too much on what others are doing, keep your own pace and don't worry if you're overtaken by an inflatable T-Rex, they can be pretty speedy!

Keep in mind that your finishing time can be greatly affected by the course, some marathons are particularly fast (e.g. Berlin, London), and the average time for different marathons can vary - make sure you check out the course maps and elevation profiles to get a feel for the route.

For trivia fans, the world record for women was set in London by Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at 2h15m25s and is still proving tough to beat. The men's record was beaten in Berlin in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge and at 2h01m39s is pushing close to breaking the elusive 2 hour barrier.

How do you train for a marathon?

To ensure you are ready come race day, check out our free marathon training plan, with nutrition and race tips included. Training for a marathon takes time and dedication. We recommend starting 16 weeks prior to race day, regardless of whether you are entering your first race or looking to hit a new PB.