- Edinburgh Marathon Festival23MAY
Edinburgh Marathon FestivalRunning ‧ Edinburgh26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£10(13)
- Manchester Marathon5APR
Manchester MarathonMarathon ‧ Stretford26.2 mi£63 - £65(20)
- Virgin Money London Marathon26APR
Virgin Money London MarathonMarathon ‧ London26.2 mi£39(48)
- Brighton Marathon Weekend19APR
Brighton Marathon WeekendMulti-Sport ‧ Brighton31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 miFree(34)
- ABP Southampton Marathon, Half, 10k & Mile26APR
ABP Southampton Marathon, Half, 10k & MileRunning ‧ Southampton26.2 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi£7 - £49.99(5)
- Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend3MAY
Milton Keynes Marathon WeekendRunning ‧ Milton Keynes26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi£9 - £52
- Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10K12SEP
Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10KRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£48.50(4)
- Boston Marathon UK19APR
Boston Marathon UKRunning ‧ Boston26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.0 mi£5 - £30(15)
- Snowdonia Trail Marathon12JUL
Snowdonia Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Caernarfon37.3 mi • 27.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£28 - £80(4)
- Running Grand Prix Oulton Park- March 1MAR
Running Grand Prix Oulton Park- MarchRunning ‧ Tarporley26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20(39)
- Running Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome - March22MAR
Running Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome - MarchRunning ‧ Bedford26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 16.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20(2)
- RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - April19APR
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - AprilRunning ‧ Chichester26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£21(5)
- The Yorkshire Marathon18OCT
The Yorkshire MarathonMarathon ‧ York26.2 miFree(32)
- Mourne Way Marathon13JUN
Mourne Way MarathonRunning ‧ Rostrevor52.0 mi • 26.0 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi£27.50
- The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon5APR
The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Charing26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£22 - £32(34)
- The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K16MAY
The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KRunning ‧ Naseby35.0 mi • 26.6 mi • 13.4 mi • 6.2 mi£22
- New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k13SEP
New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Brockenhurst26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.9 mi£12 - £30(5)
- RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - September27SEP
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - SeptemberRunning ‧ Chichester26.1 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£21(2)
- Race to the Tower18JUL
Race to the TowerRunning ‧ Whiteshill52.4 mi • 26.2 mi£64 - £194(6)
- Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March7MAR
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – MarchRunning ‧ Kingston upon Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 - £42(14)
- Bewl Water 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra9MAY
Bewl Water 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & UltraRunning ‧ Wadhurst37.5 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£22 - £50(30)
- Glencoe Marathon Gathering6SEP
Glencoe Marathon GatheringRunning ‧ Glencoe26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£45(2)
- RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - December6DEC
RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - DecemberRunning ‧ Chichester26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£21(1)
- Causeway Coast Marathon26SEP
Causeway Coast MarathonMulti-Sport ‧ Portballintrae40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£27.50(7)
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.