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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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    Sun, 12th Sep

    Brighton Marathon Weekend
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    Brighton, Brighton and Hove

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    marathon, 10k

    4.5

    (34 reviews)

    FilledTicket£30 – £35
    Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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    Sun, 5th Sep

    ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
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    Southampton, Southampton

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    marathon, half marathon, 10k and more

    4

    (5 reviews)

    FilledTicket£7 – £60
    Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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    Sun, 24th Apr 2022

    ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2022
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    Southampton, Southampton

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k and more

    FilledTicket£7 – £54.99
    Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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    Sat, 18th Sep

    Beyond Badminton Trail
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    South Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

    FilledTicket£15 – £40
    Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat scenery
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    Sat, 2nd Oct

    Trail Pursuit Brecon Beacons
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    Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

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    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    FilledTicket£24 – £154
    Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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    Sun, 10th Jul 2022

    XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon
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    Caernarfon, Gwynedd

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    5

    (4 reviews)

    FilledTicket£28 – £86.94
    Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat scenery
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    Sun, 8th Aug

    Running Grand Prix Oulton Park - August
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    Little Budworth, Cheshire West and Chester

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    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    5

    (40 reviews)

    FilledTicket£22 – £32
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    Sun, 26th Sep

    Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - September
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    Chichester, West Sussex

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    5

    (2 reviews)

    FilledTicket£24 – £34
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    Sun, 3rd Oct

    Clarendon Marathon
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    Laverstock, Wiltshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon and more

    FilledTicket£25 – £90
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 3rd Oct

    Royal Windsor River Trail Run - October
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    Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead

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    half marathon, 10k, marathon

    3.5

    (54 reviews)

    FilledTicket£25 – £40
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    Sun, 17th Oct

    The Chelmsford Marathon & Half Incorporating The Essex Road Running Championships
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    Chelmsford, Essex

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    marathon, half marathon

    FilledTicket£28 – £44
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    Sat, 6th Nov

    Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter
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    Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon

    4

    (31 reviews)

    FilledTicket£34 – £42
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    Sun, 21st Nov

    The Wendover Woods Autumn Festival of Running
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    Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire

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    10k, half marathon, marathon, 5k and more

    4.5

    (13 reviews)

    FilledTicket£5 – £37
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    Sun, 28th Nov

    Running GP Oulton Park - November
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    Little Budworth, Cheshire West and Chester

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    FilledTicket£22 – £32
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    Sun, 28th Nov

    Trail Mapledurham
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    Mapledurham, Oxfordshire

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    10k, half marathon, marathon

    FilledTicket£22 – £32
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    Sun, 5th Dec

    Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December
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    Chichester, West Sussex

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    FilledTicket£24 – £34
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    Sun, 19th Dec

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

    Participants

    marathon, 10k, 5k

    FilledTicket£12 – £26
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    Sun, 13th Feb 2022

    Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - February
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    Chichester, West Sussex

    Participants

    5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon and more

    4

    (1 reviews)

    FilledTicket£24 – £34
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    Sun, 27th Mar 2022

    Running GP Bedford Autodrome - March
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    Bedford, Bedford

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and more

    5

    (2 reviews)

    FilledTicket£22 – £32
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    Sat, 31st Jul

    Something Wild Trail Running Festival
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    Princetown, Devon

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    ultramarathon, marathon, 5k, half marathon, 10k and more

    FilledTicket£7 – £49
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 31st Jul

    The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon
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    Ilford, Greater London

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

    4.5

    (6 reviews)

    FilledTicket£18 – £50
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    Sun, 1st Aug

    Celebrate Yorkshire Day At Bloody Bingley
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    Bingley, West Yorkshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

    FilledTicket£12 – £38
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 7th Aug

    Grim Leodis
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    Leeds, West Yorkshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon

    FilledTicket£25 – £38
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    Sun, 15th Aug

    Salisbury Plain Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 Mile
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    Tidworth, Wiltshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, ultramarathon

    4.5

    (1 reviews)

    FilledTicket£28 – £55
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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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