Marathons in United Kingdom

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JUL27
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The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon
Ilford, London, United Kingdom

The fifth staging of The Twilight Ultra takes place at the Redbridge Cycle Centre in East London after another successful year in 2018.

The secure, traffic-free, undulating, tarmac route sees runners covering laps of the cycle circuit and finishing on what will, hopefully, be a balmy summer's evening.

With good parking and spectating facilities, the event features a choice of three distances with start times varying according to the distance you select. Aim high and select the ultra distance and you can always step down to a shorter distance.

Runners will be able to take advantage of well-stocked aid stations on each lap with the availability of hot and cold food and drink.

£18 - £40
The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon
AUG4
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Vanguard Way Marathon and Half Marathon
Greater London, London, United Kingdom

We will run part of the Vanguard Way Route The whole national trail is 66 miles from East Croydon to Newhaven on the South Coast it is an exceptionally varied and beautiful course for both walkers and runners. An out 13.1 mile and back 13.1mile route following the undulating route. You will see the most amazing scenery along the way.

£32 - £38
Vanguard Way Marathon and Half Marathon
AUG10
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

A choice of two Summer runs starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre (Kingston), proceeding towards the Thames Path on an out and back flat and fast scenic riverside route that is very well marked and marshalled all the way along. Both the half marathon and the marathon courses are both at and fast so were expecting some great PBs.

£30 - £40
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
AUG18
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Whitworth Trail Marathon
Whitworth, North West, United Kingdom

The WTM really brings something new and fresh to trail running. The route showcases some of the areas hidden treasures, and will take you to locations new. Routes all fully marked for an easy days trail running without the need for to much thought!

£20 - £35
Whitworth Trail Marathon
AUG25
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Woldingham Marathon & Half Marathon
Woldingham, South East, United Kingdom

The Woldingham Half and Full will be an out and back course (once for the half, twice for the full marathon). The race will start at Woldingham School itself and head on out of the gates along the private road along the green valley heading south towards the North Downs Way for about 1 mile at the end road we turn left of the side of the hill between bushes and fence eventually reach an open area with amazing views south of Kent and Surrey and the distant M25.

£34 - £38
Woldingham Marathon & Half Marathon
SEP1
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Andover Trail Marathon
Enham Alamein, South East, United Kingdom

26.2 miles of everything North Hampshire has to offer! From thigh-burning climbs with a maximum elevation of 280m, to fast downhill sections taking in the the views of the beautiful meadows and valleys.

This is a perfect race for those more seasoned runners looking for a PB, and great for those looking for a challenge with generous cutoffs and a friendly, family atmosphere.

£25 - £35
Andover Trail Marathon
SEP15
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Richmond Running Festival
Richmond, London, United Kingdom

Lace up get ready for this full range of races in the exclusive Kew Gardens. Friends and family can enjoy free entry to the Gardens and you will love the food on offer and live music of the 2-day festival. Come for the Nike tech t-shirt and finisher's medal.

£7 - £46
Richmond Running Festival
SEP15
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Purbeck Running Festival
Swanage, South West, United Kingdom

Nice Work are pleased to be helping stage the 2019 Purbeck Outdoor Weekend including the Purbeck Running Festival.

NEW for 2019 In addition to the Purbeck Marathon and 16 Mile race, we are pleased to be adding three more events to the weekend. For the first time there will be a choice of Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10k and 5k!

Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast has spectacular history, landscapes and views and has been home to The Purbeck Marathon for the last three years and now we have The Purbeck 16! A step up from a half marathon with the same fantastic scenery and big hills!

Taking place on the 14th September this series of events brings runners from all over the region.

The courses are challenging however the scenic routes make it all worth while!

£10 - £50
Purbeck Running Festival
SEP22
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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 the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, home to the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, and enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course and racing your way to a new chip timed personal best on this smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

£21 - £32
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - September
OCT19
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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 then down. In God's own county, this will be a race you won't forget. And with 4 different distances there's a route for all.

£8 - £18
King Of The Hill – Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
OCT20
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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 finish line in Central Park. Rise to the challenge and youll be helping The Js Hospice charity to support young adults with life-limiting conditions across Essex.

Entry fee includes a bespoke medal, technical runner shirt, goody bag, refreshments on route and chip timing. The race village will have toilets, baggage, and changing facilities, as well as refreshments. The race is expected to attract over 1,000 participants - so an early entry is advised.

£38 - £42
The Chelmsford Marathon
NOV2
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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 Path on an out and back, well marked, mostly riverside route. Both runs are moderately undulating and start and finish at Marymount School in Kingston Upon Thames.

£30 - £40
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter
NOV13
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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 dare to challenge the Hill for 5 consecutive days! The mighty Rivington Pike stands 1,191ft tall on the West Pennine Moors, and runners have to pass over the summit a massive 40 times to complete the challenge of a lifetime. A total of 30,000ft of elevation gain (Mount Everest!) and 131 miles of tough stone and mud trail running in the cold Winter months!.

£36 - £180
Hell of A Hill Marathon 5 Day Challenge
NOV16
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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 these trail running events in the stunning setting of Tollymore Forest Park.

£27.50 - £62
Tollymore Trail Marathon Events
NOV30
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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, Great Atmosphere with grandstand Finish, Open to all Abilities with a 7 Hour Cut off Marathon & 4 Hour Half.

You must be 12 years and over for the 5k and 17 years & Over For The Half & 18 Years & Over For Full Marathon.

Please note: 2019 Chips/Race Numbers & Instructions Will be Posted Out 2 Weeks Before the Event There is No Need to Register on the Day Go Straight to the Start.

£6 - £38
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
DEC1
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The Turkey & Tinsel Trot (CX)
Portchester, South East, United Kingdom

Lets kick off the festive celebrations for the second year with our own Turkey Trot. Starting at Portchester Castle, our festive event is a multi lap, trail race, taking in views across Fareham Creek and the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour.

£19
The Turkey & Tinsel Trot (CX)
DEC7
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Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon
Langsett, 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 Peak District National park.

From there you will hit a single track that changes in elevation several times, from the top of this climb you will be greeted to a spectacular technical decent which will land you right into the heart of the Derwent valley.

£22 - £35
Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon
DEC7
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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 grasslands in northern Europe.

This is a winter event offering beautiful views, and peace and quiet. If the weather is good, it's stunning, and if the weather is bad, it's an amazingly brutal challenge.

£25 - £35
Sailsbury Plain Marathon/Half Marathon
DEC8
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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 the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, home to the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, and enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course and racing your way to a new chip timed personal best on this smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

£21
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - December
APR5
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The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon
Charing, South East, United Kingdom

Whether you’re an experienced marathoner or a first timer seeking your first marathon adventure, this race will have an option to suit your needs. The multi-terrain course with a fast finish is a loop for the half marathon, with full marathoners going for a daily double.

£22 - £42
The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon
JUL27
Walk the Night
London, London, United Kingdom

Join the first Walk the Night challenge and raise funds to support people affected by Breast and Prostate Cancer.

The friendship and camaraderie along the way however will be amazing as men and women of all ages and from all walks of life come together to do something amazing.

Places for this exciting new challenge are limited so please register now to avoid missing out.

£45
Walk the Night
JUL28
Fort William Marathon
Spean Bridge, Scotland, United Kingdom

Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Fort William Marathon will take you on a journey through some of the areas most stunning scenery.

It is a challenging multi-terrain route taking in the spectacular sites of Fort William, including Ben Nevis, Thomas Telford's Caledonian Canal and Neptune's Staircase, The Commado Memorial, General Wade's High Bridge and the old railway viaduct.

£40
Fort William Marathon
APR26
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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 national trail waymarkers are followed up into the hills on the edge of the town and continue in a Southerly direction, with the scenery and terrain becoming more and more beautiful, and challenging as you go!

NOTE: IF YOU CHOOSE THE TRANSPORT BACK TO START TICKETS, YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A 5 FEE ON RACE DAY.

£20
Sea 2 Summit - The Offas Dyke Marathon & Half Marathon
APR26
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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 the same team that manages the Tissington Trail Half Marathon, which has established itself as a real favourite with runners and often sells out months in advance. We're proud that the race regularly features in the Runner's World top 10 UK trail races.

The Tissington Trail, the site of a former railway line from Ashbourne to Buxton, runs along a 13 mile route from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the traffic-free trail is ideal for a cracking marathon and, because the route is slightly downhill on the way back, you've got gravity on your side!

£35 - £37
The Tissington Trail Marathon
AUG3
PHOENIX Summer Marathon
Walton-on-Thames, South East, United Kingdom

A beautiful, low key jaunt, along the River Thames from Walton on Thames to Hampton Court and back. Runners complete 4 identical laps for the full marathon distance. This is marathon race 2 in the 'Icebird' 4 marathon race series. Our races are generally small and designed to be low key and FUN! We hope you have a great day out with us and we look forward to welcoming you!!

£31.50 - £33.50
PHOENIX Summer Marathon
AUG3
Cybi Coastal Marathon
Holyhead, Wales, United Kingdom

Circumnavigating Ynys Cybi on the Welsh national coastal footpath and Anglesey coastal path, Cybi Coastal is hoping to establish itself as one of the most scenic marathons in the UK. With a limit of 200 runners, we hope this event will attract participants from across the UK who will come to compete alongside local runners on this fantastic route.

£30
Cybi Coastal Marathon
AUG4
Something Wild Trail Running Festival
Princetown, South West, United Kingdom

The Summit Wild Ultra is back at the Something Wild Trail Running Festival. It is the ideal distance for your first ultra even though it is by no means an easy ultra. It starts alongside the marathon and incorporates the marathon circuit plus one lap of Sundays 10K route.

£5 - £42
Something Wild Trail Running Festival
AUG10
Marathon Hebrides
Isle of Harris, Scotland, United Kingdom

Welcome to MARATHON HEBRIDES! The only running event going the full 26.2 miles in the Hebrides, Scotland.

We have chosen the stunning Isle of Harris as our host Island for many reasons. Its dramatic landscape, tropical waters and golden sandy beaches make it the most desirable location in the country for our maiden event.

The route takes you from the fishing village of Leverburgh on the south west of the island, past the beautiful fifteenth century St Clement's Church at Rodel. From there we head to the village of Finsbay on the east side, then loop back through the wild, rugged volcanic landscape back to Leverburgh. The final 11 miles hug the stunning coastline of West Harris which boasts some of the worlds best and most talked about beaches.

£51 - £53
Marathon Hebrides
AUG11
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute Marathon
Shrewsbury, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Come and join us this summer for a new race that is going to take Shropshire by storm. Come and join us on this fast PB course in the heart of Shropshire. Runners will run multiple laps around Shrewsburys purpose built cycle track.

£25 - £30
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute Marathon
AUG11
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Brett Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer
Kennington, South East, United Kingdom

The Owler Marathon, Half marathon and 10K returns in 2019! Runners get the chance to test their legs again with this new two lap multi-terrain run, set in the great surroundings of Conningbrook Lakes Country Park while taking in the quiet roads of Brook. This event also includes the Owler Half marathon and 10K.

£20 - £33
Brett Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer
AUG11
Isle of Man Marathon & Half Marathon
Ramsey, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Marathon is a competitor friendly event taking place on the picturesque course in the North of the Island, nestled between England and Ireland. The Half Marathon has been voted in Runners World as one of the top ten races in the United Kingdom.

£26 - £31
Isle of Man Marathon & Half Marathon
AUG11
Microgaming IOM Marathon & Half Marathon
Ramsey, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Marathon is a competitor friendly event taking place on the picturesque course in the North of the Island, nestled between England and Ireland. The Half Marathon has been voted in Runners World as one of the top ten races in the United Kingdom,

£25 - £30
Microgaming IOM Marathon & Half Marathon
AUG11
Salisbury 54321 Trail Runs
Salisbury, South West, United Kingdom

The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 walk, or trail run is an event suited to all the family, with a choice of distances from 5km to the more demanding 42k/Marathon, or even a 50k Ultra Marathon. The routes will be over footpaths, bridle ways and quiet country roads in the Salisbury Wessex area. The walk/trail runs, will take you past a variety of sites of historical and scientific interest and through Country Estates not usually open to the general public. This has been made possible by the kind permission of several landowners along the route and including English Heritage.

£13 - £31
Salisbury 54321 Trail Runs
MAY10
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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 that cater for runners of all distances.

To Race The Tide successfully, you need to run an average of 4mph, although there is minimal ascent in those first 7 miles. Choose between a predominately Woodland Trail of 8.5 miles on the private Flete Estate, racing the tide at 7 miles, with 2 aid stations; a 15.5 mile "long" half marathon racing the tide at 7 miles, with 5 aid stations; and a "long" marathon of 28.5 miles racing the tide at 19.9 miles, with 7 aid stations.

Can you beat the tide?

£26 - £62
Race The Tide
AUG18
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – August
Bath, South West, United Kingdom

A fast out and back course with lots of PB potential through Bath's Combe Down and Devonshire Tunnels - disused railway tunnels which until 2013 were sealed and inaccessible. This unique and truly special race takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, and also has the longest underground sections of any running race in the UK!

£8 - £60
Bath Two Tunnels Railway Races – August
AUG31
Harvest Hobble Challenge
Ludford, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

The Harvest Hobble is a 26 or13 mile walk or run on footpaths, tracks and some minor roads in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It follows part of the Viking Way as well as some lesser used paths. Participants are allowed up to 10 hours to complete the route.

£12
Harvest Hobble Challenge
SEP1
Northumberland Coastal Marathon
Alnmouth, North East, United Kingdom

Without doubt, one of the most scenic marathons in the Country. From Alnmouth Beach the route follows a scenic coastal path passing Boulmer, Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle and Low Newton Sands. It then takes you up to Long Nanny Bridge, where, after a short run on the beach, it returns to Alnmouth along the same route. A half marathon options follows the same route to Craster then returns back to Alnmouth.

£19 - £21
Northumberland Coastal Marathon
SEP7
Crafty Fox
Dorchester, South West, United Kingdom

We are starting and finishing in the village of Ansty bang middle of Darzzet. In the bottom of a valleythats the critical wordbottom. Now we have a fantastic pair of routes for you 2 lap marathon and 1 lap half

$27.50 - $39.50
Crafty Fox
SEP8
Farnham Pilgrim Marathon
Holmfirth, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

A challenging trail Half Marathon with beautiful scenery and outstanding views in the Surrey Hills. Mainly off-road, multi-terrain, multi-surface. This race is entering its 7th year. It has become a very popular and successful event. It is renowned for a large number of friendly marshals, has frequent water/refreshment stations, free parking, and many other facilities. Farnham Pilgrim Half Marathon is possibly one of the toughest, prettiest trail half marathons in the UK. It is set to be one of the must-do events of the year again! The route is challenging and hilly, after all, it is the Surrey Hills! This is no ordinary half marathon. It is a unique bespoke event.

£27 - £29
Farnham Pilgrim Marathon
SEP8
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Glencoe Marathon Gathering
Glencoe, Scotland, United Kingdom

The off-road marathon is an epic trail run that ascends a total of 1,608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis.

£40 - £50
Glencoe Marathon Gathering
SEP8
New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Brockenhurst, South East, United Kingdom

The New Forest Marathon comprises of 6 events, Full/Half/10k/5k/Junior 1.5k all from one location in the heart of the New Forest. All routes will start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and wind through the heart of the New Forest National Park. The multi-terrain courses offer some of the most scenic running experiences in the country, with a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course, the famous New Forest ponies!

£15 - £47
New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
SEP8
Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run
Dorking, South East, United Kingdom

The Surrey Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon returns - your chance to enjoy Englands premier Wine Marathon with five tasting stations (serving six different wines) over the Half Marathon and ten over the full Marathon.

Half of the route is inside the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate and the other half through National Trust Countryside and woodland along the Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way. It's a demanding route, but you'll have suitable respite at each of the sampling stations, then at the finish you can carry on the party spirit of the event at the post-race Hog Roast (Not included for the childrens run).

Recently, we began offering the Bacchus Lite 10km event that you can run, jog or walk. The route will be within Denbies Vineyard, through the vines and offers magnificent views - one wine sample station will be reached and the post-race Hog Roast is included for your entry fee.

Free - £50
Surrey Bacchus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KM and Children's Run

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 fact, the London Marathon has raised over £770 million for charity since it began in 1981, and in 2016, Shannon Foudy, became the one millionth runner to complete it.

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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