Marathons in the United Kingdom

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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  • 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
  • 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

    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 the...

    £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
  • 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
  • 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
  • MAR7

    Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March

    Kingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    The Thames Meander is a flat and scenic riverside run route along the Thames Path on an out / back course with awe inspiring views all along the riverside...

    £32 - £42
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 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
  • AUG8

    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...

    £32 - £42
    • 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
  • 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
  • JUN21

    The Hampshire Hoppit

    Kingsclere, South East, United Kingdom

    BMHAC are organizing two new trail races in Hampshire. They are a marathon and half marathon that we have named The Hampshire Hoppit (for reasons that will...

    £37 - £39
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • 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
  • JUL5

    North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

    Reigate, South East, United Kingdom

    A scenic summer run starting near the Reigate Hill Car Park in a small field adjacent to the North Downs Way. The course will follow the North Downs Way...

    £32 - £40
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • 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
  • APR25

    Jurassic Trail East Meets West

    Bridport, South West, United Kingdom

    The Jurassic trail is not only a visually spectacular run along the Jurassic coast but also a challenge that some would class as undulating. The run has...

    £15 - £32.50
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • 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
  • NOV10

    Remembrance Sunday - Marathon & 6hr Challenge

    Brightlingsea, East of England, United Kingdom

    Join us on Remembrance Sunday for a special event with a unique atmosphere and bespoke medal. We will have an 11am silence within the race itself and it...

    • Running
    • 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
  • 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
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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.