- Virgin Money London Marathon26APR
Virgin Money London MarathonMarathon ‧ London26.2 mi(48)
- Brighton Marathon Weekend19APR
Brighton Marathon WeekendMulti-Sport ‧ Brighton31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 6.2 mi • 1.0 mi£32.50 – £150(34)
- Manchester Marathon5APR
Manchester MarathonMarathon ‧ Stretford26.2 mi(20)
- Virtual RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - April19APR
Virtual RunThrough Goodwood Motor Circuit Grand Prix - AprilRunning ‧ Chichester26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20(5)
- Running Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome - March22MAR
Running Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome - MarchRunning ‧ Bedford26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 16.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(2)
- Running Grand Prix Oulton Park- March 1MAR
Running Grand Prix Oulton Park- MarchRunning ‧ Tarporley26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi(39)
- The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half Marathon5APR
The PodPlus Kent Spring Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Charing26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(34)
- The Tissington Trail Marathon26APR
The Tissington Trail MarathonMarathon ‧ Ashbourne26.2 mi£35 – £37(11)
- Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Exmoor4APR
Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – ExmoorRunning ‧ East Dean32.8 mi • 26.3 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(1)
- Thames Meander Marathon & Half – March7MAR
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – MarchRunning ‧ Kingston upon Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(15)
- Jurassic Trail East Meets West25APR
Jurassic Trail East Meets WestRunning ‧ Bridport26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi • 3.1 mi£15 – £32.50(6)
- Great Welsh Marathon5APR
Great Welsh MarathonRunning ‧ Llanelli26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(1)
- Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon/10k)25APR
Ras Dewi Sant (Coast Path Marathon/Half Marathon/10k)Running ‧ St Davids26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- Gregynog Wales 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra Road Race11APR
Gregynog Wales 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra Road RaceRunning ‧ Tregynon31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£16 – £62(2)
- Brightlingsea Challenge & 6 Hour Challenge15MAR
Brightlingsea Challenge & 6 Hour ChallengeMarathon ‧ Brightlingsea26.2 mi
- Rayne Challenge - Anniversary Marathon & 6hr Challenge7MAR
Rayne Challenge - Anniversary Marathon & 6hr ChallengeMarathon ‧ Rayne26.2 mi
- Sublime Peterborough Marathon5APR
Sublime Peterborough MarathonMarathon ‧ Peterborough26.2 mi
- Spring Marathon & Half Marathon7MAR
Spring Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Walton-on-Thames26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
- Life is a Beach5APR
Life is a BeachMarathon ‧ Holland-on-Sea26.2 mi
- Red Kite Trail29FEB
Red Kite TrailMarathon ‧ Llanharan26.0 mi
- South West Coast Path Trail Running Challenge4APR
South West Coast Path Trail Running ChallengeRunning ‧ Kingsbridge28.0 mi • 13.7 mi • 7.5 mi(1)
- Beat the Virus4APR
Beat the VirusRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.6 mi
- Enigma Quadzilla6FEB
Enigma QuadzillaMarathon ‧ Milton Keynes26.2 mi
- The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter – Day 121MAR
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter – Day 1Running ‧ Leeds32.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.0 mi(1)
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.