Marathons in London
- Virgin Money London Marathon26APR
Virgin Money London MarathonMarathon ‧ London26.2 mi(48)
- The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle5JUL
The Festival of Endurance at Hever CastleMulti-Sport ‧ Hever Castle26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 1.2 mi£34 – £306(1)
- 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)
- Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer8AUG
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – SummerRunning ‧ Kingston upon Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 – £42(34)
- Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter7NOV
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – WinterRunning ‧ Kingston upon Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 – £42(31)
- North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon5JUL
North Downs Way Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Reigate26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 – £40(12)
- Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon29AUG
Magna Carta Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Egham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 – £42(6)
- The Shere 42k, Half & 10k11JUL
The Shere 42k, Half & 10kRunning ‧ Shere26.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£20 – £45(3)
- Dulux London Revolution Trails9MAY
Dulux London Revolution TrailsRunning ‧ Marlow32.2 mi • 27.0 mi • 13.7 mi£39 – £59(1)
- The Fox19SEP
The FoxRunning ‧ Godalming37.3 mi • 26.1 mi • 13.0 mi£54 – £90(34)
- The Twilight Friday Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon31JUL
The Twilight Friday Ultra, Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Ilford31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£18 – £40(1)
- The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon1AUG
The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Ilford31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£18 – £40(6)
- Blackwater Trail Events2MAY
Blackwater Trail EventsRunning ‧ Chelmsford40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£30 – £52
- The Surrey Hills Challenge27SEP
The Surrey Hills ChallengeRunning ‧ Woking37.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 26.1 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£2
- Cranleigh Trail Marathon10MAY
Cranleigh Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Cranleigh26.2 mi • 13.1 miCharity places(1)
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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.