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Marathons

The marathon distance is 26.2 miles, or 42.2km. They are often seen as one of the main goals in a runner's lifetime. Completing one is a real feat of mental and physical resilience, and requires a serious amount of commitment and training if you are seeking a bragworthy time. Most marathons in the UK take part in the major cities, taking you through streets lined with cheering crowds and a vibrant atmosphere and passing historic landmarks. The London Marathon is the most famous of these, and is one of the six world marathon majors. Other marathons might take you out of the city and into the UK's stunning rural scenery. Some routes take in the national parks or the rugged coasts, so these races are a great way to see some incredible views while also achieving something incredible. Marathons are also amazing fundraising opportunities if you're feeling charitable. The London Marathon has raised over £1 billion since it started in 1981.

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ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2022
Booked 33 times this week

Sunday, 24th Apr 2022

ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2022

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Southampton, Southampton

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£7 – £54.99
Booking perksFlat road
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Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend
Booked 49 times this week

Sunday, 1st May 2022

Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend

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Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket£10 – £50
Booking perksFlat road
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Run Leicester Half Marathon
Booked 29 times this week

Sunday, 31st Oct 2021

Run Leicester Half Marathon

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Leicester, Leicester

Participants

half marathon, marathon

Star4

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£34.98 – £39
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon
Booked 9 times this week

Sunday, 10th Jul 2022

XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon

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Caernarfon, Gwynedd

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£28 – £86.94
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running
Booked 47 times this week

Sunday, 21st Nov 2021

The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running

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Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(13 reviews)

FilledTicket£5 – £37
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Running GP Oulton Park - November
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 28th Nov 2021

Running GP Oulton Park - November

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Little Budworth, Cheshire West and Chester

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£24 – £35
Booking perksFlat
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Trail Mapledurham
Booked 21 times this week

Sunday, 28th Nov 2021

Trail Mapledurham

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Mapledurham, Oxfordshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£22 – £32
Booking perksFlat trail
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December
Booked 12 times this week

Sunday, 5th Dec 2021

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£26 – £35
Booking perksFlat road
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Run Yorkshire Rother Valley - Winter Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 18 times this week

Sunday, 19th Dec 2021

Run Yorkshire Rother Valley - Winter Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Participants

marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£12 – £26
Booking perksFlat road
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - February
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - February

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

Star4

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£26 – £35
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March
Booked 22 times this week

Saturday, 12th Mar 2022

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March

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Richmond, Greater London

Participants

half marathon, marathon

Star4

(15 reviews)

FilledTicket£40 – £48
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Running GP Bedford Autodrome - March
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 27th Mar 2022

Running GP Bedford Autodrome - March

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Bedford, Bedford

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£24 – £35
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - April
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 3rd Apr 2022

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - April

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£26 – £35
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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Bewl Water 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra
Booked 8 times this week

Saturday, 7th May 2022

Bewl Water 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra

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Wadhurst, East Sussex

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4

(33 reviews)

FilledTicket£26 – £52
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 15th May 2022

The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

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Naseby, Northamptonshire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£23 – £51
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Mourne Way Marathon

Friday, 10th Jun 2022

Mourne Way Marathon

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Rostrevor

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£40 – £150
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Afan Forest Trail Festival
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 25th Jun 2022

Afan Forest Trail Festival

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Pontrhydyfen, South Wales

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£25 – £35
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Hey Up It's Helmsley
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 10th Jul 2022

Hey Up It's Helmsley

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York, North Yorkshire

Participants

half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Star1.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£22 – £48
Booking perksFlat trail
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Running Grand Prix Oulton Park - August

Sunday, 7th Aug 2022

Running Grand Prix Oulton Park - August

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Little Budworth, Cheshire West and Chester

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(42 reviews)

FilledTicket£22 – £32
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Causeway Coast Marathon
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, 24th Sep 2022

Causeway Coast Marathon

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Portballintrae, Causeway Coast and Glens

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star5

(7 reviews)

FilledTicket£40 – £80
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Clarendon Marathon

Sunday, 2nd Oct 2022

Clarendon Marathon

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Laverstock, Wiltshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£22 – £80
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Maverick adidas Terrex Frontier South Downs
Booked 4 times this week

Saturday, 6th Nov 2021

Maverick adidas Terrex Frontier South Downs

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Slindon, West Sussex

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£30 – £60
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Portland Coastal Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
Booked 10 times this week

Sunday, 7th Nov 2021

Portland Coastal Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

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Portland, Dorset

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

Star5

(20 reviews)

FilledTicket£22 – £44
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryTrail
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Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival
Booked 4 times this week

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£23 – £48
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat
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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.

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