Marathons in the United Kingdom

Marathons are run over 26.2 miles (or 42.2km). In the UK, the London Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world, and has raised over £1 billion for charity since it began in 1981.
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  • OCT19
    The Dramathon
    Dufftown, Scotland, United Kingdom

    THE EVENT

    You have the choice of a full marathon (Glenfarclas to Glenfiddich), a half-marathon (Tamdhu to Glenfiddich), a 10K (Aberlour to...

    £31 - £57
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • SEP29
    Monster Run Fest
    Ely, East of England, United Kingdom

    The Run Fest started out as just the Ultra event, and in 2014 became the Run Fest and added two other distances on the same day. So you now have the choice...

    £25
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • JAN19
    Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K
    Quedgeley, South West, United Kingdom

    On what is a largely flat and traffic-free course with entirely closed roads except for two sections on the route. The course has been changed so its now a...

    £30 - £47
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • SEP28
    Snowdon Trail Running Challenge
    Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom

    We are very excited to be visiting Snowdonia for our second Snowdon Trail Running Challenge. Snowdon is one of the prime areas of the UK for the wonderful...

    £30 - £62
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
  • APR4
    South West Coast Path Trail Running Challenge
    Kingsbridge, South West, United Kingdom

    The South West Coast Path Challenge (formerly known as the Head to Head Trail Running Challenge) returns, this time adding a marathon as well as the half...

    £30
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT27
    SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon
    Dublin 8, County Dublin, Ireland

    Widely known as the,Friendly Marathon', this is an increasingly popular event, and a great opportunity to experience true Irish hospitality and take...

    €70
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT6
    Isle of Wight Marathon
    Cowes, South East, United Kingdom

    A brand new course (first used 2013) of one lap featuring the much quieter roads on the west of the island.These are the undulating town and rural roads...

    £21 - £24
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • NOV3
    The November Nightmare
    Telford, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Now in its 4th year, The November Nightmare will push you to your limits.

    We have extended the event to 8 days Do you have what it takes to take...

    £25 - £250
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • NOV9
    Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Gower
    Rhossili, Wales, United Kingdom

    Gower was the first place in Britain to be designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The unique peninsula is a protected haven...

    £33 - £66
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • SEP21
    The Maverick inov-8 X & Ultra Snowdonia
    Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom

    We welcome you to a whole new series; the Maverick Inov-8 X Series events are designed to test your resolve and take you to the upper limits of your...

    £30 - £70
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV16
    Rother Valley Running Festival
    Kiveton Park, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Rother Valley Country Park is the perfect location for a new exciting running festival. Set just outside of Sheffield and Rotherham with easy motorway...

    £17 - £36
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
  • FEB6
    Enigma Quadzilla
    Milton Keynes, South East, United Kingdom
    £42
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • SEP22
    The Lancashireman
    Burnley, North West, United Kingdom

    A brand new 27 mile event (FRA category BL) covering the off-road moorland, towpaths, fields and hills along the Burnley Way, open to solo or paired...

    £22
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • SEP28
    Run Jurassic
    England, England, United Kingdom

    White Star Running are organising an exciting new race along the world famous Jurassic Coast.

    The festival incorporates an ultra race (50km+),...

    £7
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • OCT12
    Rat Race Hell Runner Hell Up North
    Tarporley, North West, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Marathon
  • NOV10
    Strathclyde Loch Marathon, Half & Fun Run
    Bellshill, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Join us for the Strathclyde Loch Marathon, Half & Fun Run at Scotland's Theme Park & Water Sports Centre!

    An event for runners of all...

    £5 - £40
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • MAY2
    Brecon Beacons Trail Running Challenge
    Brecon, Wales, United Kingdom

    The Brecon Beacons are located in South Wales offering some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Starting out at Gilestone Farm, Talybot-on-Usk (1...

    £42
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Marathon
    • Ultramarathon
  • MAR21
    The Leeds & Liverpool Canal Canter – Day 1
    Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    As the name suggests this is an out and back canter on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route will start and finish at Kirkstall about 2.5 miles outside...

    £23 - £25
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10 Miles
    • 5k
  • FEB16
    Marriott’s Way Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
    Norwich, East of England, United Kingdom

    The Marathon and Half-Marathon will follow the Marriotts Way from Norwich to Aylsham. We are pleased to announce that a team of East Anglia Air Ambulance...

    £28 - £34
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT6
    Leicester Marathon & Half Marathon
    Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    Leicester Marathon 2018 - a city centre marathon and half marathon taking place Sunday 14th October. Run either race or relay option or come along and cheer...

    £29 - £31
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV2
    The Spooky Halloween Challenge & Pumpkin Marathon
    Lightmoor, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    A scary night of running and entertainment around the lanes of Lightmoor, near Telford. Head torches are a must. Choose between running a full marathon or a...

    £32 - £34
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • SEP22
    The Surrey Hills Challenge
    Woking, South East, United Kingdom

    With five challenges, we have something for everyone. Whether you are already fit or wanting to kick-start your own or your familys fitness in 2018, the...

    £2 - £95
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
    • 10k
  • OCT29
    Hubble Bubble Leeds Liverpool Canal Halloween
    Crawshawbooth, North West, United Kingdom
    £8.50 - £41
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • 5k
    • 10 Miles
  • SEP22
    The Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon
    Oakham, East Midlands, United Kingdom

    The Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon is back, we are really proud to present this event for the fifth time in the beautiful county of Rutland....

    £30 - £42
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • NOV30
    Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon
    Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

    Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon X is a funfilled race in the heart of West Cork approx 50 km from Cork city and Cork airport in Ireland. At Clonakilty...

    €30 - €60
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • DEC14
    Elsecar Trail Running Festival & Santa Dash
    Elsecar, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Elsecar Trail running festival and Santa Dash along the lovely Transpennine trail. Enjoy a fantastic winter weekend of running along the lovely transpennine...

    £4 - £38
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • NOV3
    Cornish Marathon
    Pensilva, South West, United Kingdom

    The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall's only all road marathon. It began in 1984 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to...

    £25 - £27
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT6
    Clarendon Marathon
    Salisbury, South West, United Kingdom

    f you are looking for a marathon which is off road, picturesque and challenging then running the Clarendon is the ultimate. Our route takes you from...

    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • SEP28
    Guardians of the CODRC
    Telford, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Back for another year, come and run a half or full marathon with us to celebrate The...

    £35 - £42
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • SEP22
    Forest and Moors Marathon
    Pickering, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Can you hack it?

    Join us for the Forest and Moors Marathon!...

    £15
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • OCT27
    St Eds' Running Festival
    Bury Saint Edmunds, East of England, United Kingdom

    St Eds' Running Festival returns in 2019, offering 10k, half marathon, full marathon and family fun run routes from Skyliner Sports Centre in the...

    £8 - £30
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
  • FEB2
    The Portland Coastal Marathon
    Portland, South West, United Kingdom
    £24
    • Running
    • 10k
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
  • OCT19
    Langdale Marathon
    Ambleside, North West, United Kingdom

    A beautiful, challenging marathon course set in England's most spectacular mountain scenery. The Langdale Marathon has a reputation as the toughest...

    £20 - £26
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT12
    Run Scotland Rannoch Marathon & Half Marathon & 10K
    Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom

    There is a great history behind the Loch Rannoch Marathon going back to the 1980's when it was the course of the Scottish Championships. Run Nation...

    £17 - £34
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • SEP17
    Lancaster Marathon
    Lancaster, North West, United Kingdom

    The Lancaster Marathon is mainly flat apart from the hill at the end of the race which takes you up to the Castle. The route is very spectator friendly and...

    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT13
    Sussex Marathon
    Heathfield, South East, United Kingdom

    There is a 5 hour 30 mins cut off for the marathon,runners will need to complete the first 1/2 marathon in under 2hrs 40 mins to be able to head back out...

    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT27
    Ghost of Cyclopark Marathon
    Northfleet, South East, United Kingdom

    There has been a marathon on the tarmac track at Cyclopark Gravesend every year since 2012, firstly by the wonderful TZ Runs events and then latterly...

    £29.95
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • FEB2
    Montane Trail 26 & 13 Grizedale Forest
    Grizedale, North West, United Kingdom
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • SEP28
    Endurancelife North York Moors Marathon
    Scarborough, Yorkshire and the Humber, United Kingdom

    Wholly located within the National Park, and utilising sections of the Cleveland Way, this area is superbly suited to trail running. The course is rich and...

    £33 - £66
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
  • OCT12
    HellRunner – Hell Up North
    Frodsham, North West, United Kingdom

    Fancy a swift half? Bog off to that. This is the UKs toughest half marathon where Mother Nature will deliver that sinking feeling and more. The bar in...

    £40 - £67.50
    • Running
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • Marathon
  • NOV30
    Endurancelife Jurassic Quarter – Dorset
    Portland, South West, United Kingdom

    The Jurassic Quarter is an undulating 46 mile Ultra Marathon along the South West Coast Path in the UK. The course covers almost half of England's only...

    £33 - £66
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • 10k
    • Marathon
  • SEP29
    The Jewson Barnstaple Marathon & Half Marathon
    Barnstaple, South West, United Kingdom

    Welcome to the Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon

    The Marathon will leave at 9 am and head down the north side of the river first; this...

    £24 - £30
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
  • OCT13
    Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon
    Kielder, North East, United Kingdom

    Britains Most Beautiful Marathon is the finale to a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10K & Kielder Run Bike Run followed by the Kielder Half...

    £8 - £63
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
    • Duathlon
  • FEB6
    Buff Enigma Quadzilla
    Milton Keynes, South East, United Kingdom

    Quadzilla 2020 will take place from the 6th - 9th Feb, this will be our 10th Anniversary...

    £42
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • DEC1
    The Turkey & Tinsel Trot (CX)
    Portchester, South East, United Kingdom

    Lets kick off the festive celebrations for the second year with our own Turkey Trot. Starting at Portchester Castle, our festive event is a multi lap, trail...

    £19
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • OCT26
    Snowdonia Marathon Eryri
    Llanberis, Wales, United Kingdom

    The Snowdonia Marathon has been voted best British marathon twice. The demanding and spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales and Englands highest peak,...

    £35
    • Running
    • Marathon
  • MAY10
    Cranleigh Trail Marathon
    Cranleigh, South East, United Kingdom

    The Rotary Club of Cranleigh, together with various local organisations including Informed Choice, are pleased to introduce the annual Cranleigh Trail...

    £15 - £17
    • Running
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 5k
  • FEB22
    Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland
    Bamburgh, North East, United Kingdom

    The only linear course in the CTS series, running here will nourish your soul like nowhere else on earth. The Northumberland coastline boasts some of the...

    £33 - £66
    • Running
    • Ultramarathon
    • Marathon
    • Half Marathon
    • 10k
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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.