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- Manchester Marathon9OCT2021
Manchester MarathonMarathon ‧ Stretford26.2 mi£57.50 – £59.50(20)
- Brighton Marathon Weekend11SEP2021
Brighton Marathon WeekendMulti-Sport ‧ Brighton31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 6.2 miFree – £35(34)
- ABP Southampton Marathon, Half, 10k & Mile24APR2021
ABP Southampton Marathon, Half, 10k & MileRunning ‧ Southampton26.2 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi(5)
- Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K28MAY2021
Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Clappersgate26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£10 – £54C-19 Plan
- Royal Windsor Half Marathon & 10k River Trail Run29NOV
Royal Windsor Half Marathon & 10k River Trail RunRunning ‧ Windsor26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£25 – £35C-19 Plan(54)
- Snowdonia Trail Marathon10JUL2021
Snowdonia Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Caernarfon37.2 mi • 27.3 mi • 12.9 mi • 6.2 mi£28 – £81.95C-19 Plan(4)
- 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£24 – £34(1)
- The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon10APR2021
The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Charing26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£22 – £32C-19 Plan(45)
- The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K15MAY2021
The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10KRunning ‧ Naseby35.0 mi • 26.6 mi • 13.4 mi • 6.2 mi£23 – £50C-19 Plan
- Rocket Race Orbiter4JUN2021
Rocket Race OrbiterRunning ‧ Tollard Royal26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£20 – £32C-19 Plan
- Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend30APR2021
Mid Sussex Marathon WeekendRunning ‧ East Grinstead26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£36 – £56C-19 Plan
- Race to the King18JUN2021
Race to the KingRunning ‧ Arundel53.6 mi • 30.2 mi • 23.4 mi£64 – £194C-19 Plan(3)
- Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run5DEC
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun RunRunning ‧ Nottingham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£6 – £38C-19 Plan(9)
- Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland27FEB2021
Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – NorthumberlandRunning ‧ Bamburgh35.2 mi • 27.2 mi • 12.9 mi • 6.5 miCharity places(43)
- Race to the Tower4JUN2021
Race to the TowerRunning ‧ Whiteshill52.4 mi • 26.2 mi(6)
- The Maverick Adidas Terrex X Series Exmoor4JUN2021
The Maverick Adidas Terrex X Series ExmoorRunning ‧ Lynton35.4 mi • 26.1 mi • 12.4 mi • 9.3 mi£30 – £60C-19 Plan(10)
- Ladybower Trail Marathon11JUN2021
Ladybower Trail MarathonMarathon ‧ Hope Valley26.2 mi£32.50 – £35(3)
- Tollymore Trail Marathon Events14NOV
Tollymore Trail Marathon EventsRunning ‧ Newcastle40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(11)
- Andover Trail Marathon4SEP2021
Andover Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Enham Alamein26.2 mi£25 – £35C-19 Plan(1)
- Jurassic Trail East Meets West23APR2021
Jurassic Trail East Meets WestRunning ‧ Bridport26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi • 3.1 mi£15 – £32.50C-19 Plan(6)
- Burton Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k9OCT2021
Burton Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5kRunning ‧ Litton Cheney26.1 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£10 – £30C-19 Plan(6)
- Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Winter7NOV
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – WinterRunning ‧ Kingston upon Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 – £42(31)
- Conwy Marathon25SEP2021
Conwy MarathonRunning ‧ Llandudno26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 10.0 mi£24 – £43.95C-19 Plan
- Lancaster Marathon17JUL2021
Lancaster MarathonMarathon ‧ Lancaster26.1 mi£50 – £52C-19 Plan
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.