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Marathons in London

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. The London Marathon is one of the most famous and biggest marathons in the world, and is one of the six world marathon majors. Each year it attracts over 40,000 participants and 800,000 spectators. It is also a relatively flat and fast course, so it is a great opportunity for anyone seeking a new PB. The London Marathon is also famous for its fundraising ability - it has raised over £1 billion for different charities since it started in 1981. There are other marathons in London available, which don't have as large crowds but access some stunning scenery, such as long the Thames path.

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Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k
Booked 77 times this week

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022

Bacchus Wine Half Marathon & 10k

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Dorking, Surrey

Participants

marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £56
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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The Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 11 times this week

Sunday, Sep 11, 2022

The Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

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London, Greater London

Participants

half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£48 – £50
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Enigma Keep on Truckin'

Saturday, Aug 6, 2022

Enigma Keep on Truckin'

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£39.95
Booking perksFlat trail
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Brightlingsea Challenge

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023

Brightlingsea Challenge

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Brightlingsea, Essex

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£40
Booking perksFlat road
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Sportathlon Weekend - Banbury
Booked 4 times this week

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022

Sportathlon Weekend - Banbury

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Banbury, Oxfordshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicket£10 – £60
Booking perksRoad
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The Slothful Run

Monday, Jan 16, 2023

The Slothful Run

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Peterstow, Herefordshire

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£10 – £29
Booking perksRoad
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The Scottish Autumn Festival of Sport

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

The Scottish Autumn Festival of Sport

LocationIndicator

Blair Atholl, Perth and Kinross

Participants

marathon, 5k, half marathon, 10k, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicket£11 – £64
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Bizz Johnson Trail Races

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

Bizz Johnson Trail Races

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Susanville, California

Participants

half marathon, ultramarathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$45 – $95
Booking perksHilly trail
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The Maverick x TRIBE Run Free Marathon+
Booked 31 times this week

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

The Maverick x TRIBE Run Free Marathon+

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Cranleigh, Surrey

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star5

(33 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £70
Great atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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The Chelmsford Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 30 times this week

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

The Chelmsford Marathon & Half Marathon

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Chelmsford, Essex

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£30 – £46
Great atmosphereFlat road
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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 11 times this week

Sunday, Jul 10, 2022

North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

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Reigate, Surrey

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(12 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £42
Great atmosphereHilly trail
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PFJ Challenge
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Jul 10, 2022

PFJ Challenge

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£39.95
Trail
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Running Tribe Series - Race 7, Course 1

Saturday, Jul 30, 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 7, Course 1

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Flat
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Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
Booked 7 times this week

Saturday, Aug 6, 2022

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

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Richmond, Greater London

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star4

(36 reviews)

FilledTicket£40 – £48
Great atmosphereFlat trail
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Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon

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Croydon, Greater London

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star3.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£34 – £38
Great atmosphereFlat trail
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The Shere 42k, Half & 10k
Booked 9 times this week

Saturday, Aug 13, 2022

The Shere 42k, Half & 10k

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Shere, Surrey

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £75
Great atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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World Series of Running - Scotland
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022

World Series of Running - Scotland

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Gravesend, Kent

Participants

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

FilledTicket£34.95 – £475
Road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 8, Course 2
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 8, Course 2

LocationIndicator

Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£48
Great atmosphereFlat trail
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World Series of Running - Northern Ireland

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022

World Series of Running - Northern Ireland

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Road
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World Series of Running - France

Monday, Aug 22, 2022

World Series of Running - France

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Road
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World Series of Running - USA

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022

World Series of Running - USA

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Road
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World Series of Running - Australia

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022

World Series of Running - Australia

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Road
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World Series of Running - South Africa

Thursday, Aug 25, 2022

World Series of Running - South Africa

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Trail
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World Series of Running - Brazil

Friday, Aug 26, 2022

World Series of Running - Brazil

LocationIndicator

Gravesend, Kent

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£34.95
Road
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About Marathons in London

The famous marathon distance (26.2 miles) is loved by participants and spectators alike. People run marathons for many different reasons, either for a loved one, for 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?

If you're thinking of running a marathon, London is not only the most popular but also one of the flattest around, so it's a great place to push for a PB. But, it is balloted and you can expect stiff competition for places. If you do miss out on a place, there are still many other great races right here in London. The Richmond Marathon, part of the RunFest, has a comparatively tiny field (around 400 entries) but follows an especially pretty route through Kew Gardens. If you need something a little more low key, Hermes Running do the Thames Meander Marathon & Half in spring, summer and winter.

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. Both these times are about 20 minutes faster than the global average. Top tip, don't worry about what others are doing, or who overtakes you, stick to your game plan and enjoy the ride.

If you're interested in knowing how fast you can really go in London, the world record for women was set in London by our very own Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at 2h15m and is still proving tough to beat. The men's record was beaten in Berlin in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge and at 2:01:39 is pushing close to breaking the elusive 2 hour barrier.

How do you train for a marathon?

You definitely need to invest in some training for a marathon, so check out our 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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