Marathons in London
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- Dulux London Revolution Trails8MAY
Dulux London Revolution TrailsRunning ‧ Marlow32.2 mi • 27.0 mi • 13.7 mi(1)
- Spring into Summer Series: Week 3 - Home Country Pride to combat Homelessness in support of CRISIS22MAY
Spring into Summer Series: Week 3 - Home Country Pride to combat Homelessness in support of CRISISRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Spring into Summer Series: Week 2 - 80s for the Elderly in support of Age UK7MAY
Spring into Summer Series: Week 2 - 80s for the Elderly in support of Age UKRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.2 mi
- Blackwater Trail Events1MAY
Blackwater Trail EventsRunning ‧ Chelmsford40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Cranleigh Trail Marathon9MAY
Cranleigh Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Cranleigh26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(1)
- Thames Meander (Virtual)7MAY
Thames Meander (Virtual)Running ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Evo BEAT THE LOCKDOWN Virtual Run or Cycle Challenge15MAY
Evo BEAT THE LOCKDOWN Virtual Run or Cycle ChallengeMulti-Sport ‧ London100.0 mi • 62.1 mi • 37.3 mi • 26.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 12.4 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
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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.