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Marathons

The marathon distance is 26.2 miles, or 42.2km. They are often seen as one of the main goals in a runner's lifetime. Completing one is a real feat of mental and physical resilience, and requires a serious amount of commitment and training if you are seeking a bragworthy time. Most marathons in the UK take part in the major cities, taking you through streets lined with cheering crowds and a vibrant atmosphere and passing historic landmarks. The London Marathon is the most famous of these, and is one of the six world marathon majors. Other marathons might take you out of the city and into the UK's stunning rural scenery. Some routes take in the national parks or the rugged coasts, so these races are a great way to see some incredible views while also achieving something incredible. Marathons are also amazing fundraising opportunities if you're feeling charitable. The London Marathon has raised over £1 billion since it started in 1981.
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  • 24APR

    Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - April

    Running Chichester
    26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
    £24 – £34Partnered
    (5)
    People running the Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - April
  • 30APR

    Virtual Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

    Running
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
    £35C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Virtual Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend
  • 30APR

    Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend

    Running Milton Keynes
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.5 mi
    £12 – £140
    People running the Rightmove Milton Keynes Marathon Weekend
  • 2MAY

    Big Way Round

    Running Winchester
    31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 19.0 mi • 14.0 mi
    £27 – £39C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Big Way Round
  • 7MAY

    Bewl Water 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra

    Running Wadhurst
    37.5 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    £24 – £52C-19 PlanPartnered
    (32)
    People running the Bewl Water 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon & Ultra
  • 13MAY

    Devon Coast Challenge

    Running Ilfracombe
    48.5 mi • 26.0 mi
    £65 – £180C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Devon Coast Challenge
  • 15MAY

    The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

    Running Naseby
    35.0 mi • 26.6 mi • 13.4 mi • 6.2 mi
    £23 – £50C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the The Northants 'Shires and Spires Event' - Ultra 35, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
  • 22MAY

    Sublime Peterborough Marathon

    Marathon Peterborough
    26.2 mi
    £44.75 – £46.75C-19 Plan
    People running the Sublime Peterborough Marathon
  • 28MAY

    Running Tribe Series - Race 5, Course 2

    Running Chalfont Saint Peter
    40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    £36 – £41.30C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Running Tribe Series - Race 5, Course 2
  • 28MAY

    Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

    Running Clappersgate
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
    £10 – £29C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
  • 28MAY

    Race The Tide

    Running Mothecombe
    28.5 mi • 15.5 mi • 8.5 mi
    £26 – £50C-19 PlanPartnered
    (37)
    People running the Race The Tide
  • 30MAY

    Superheroes Challenge

    Running Horseheath
    C-19 Plan
    People running the Superheroes Challenge
  • 4JUN

    The New Forest Rattler Endurance Weekend

    Multi-Sport Rockford
    102.0 mi • 84.0 mi • 47.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 2.4 mi • 1.6 mi • 0.9 mi
    £20 – £41.23C-19 PlanPartnered
    People road cycling the The New Forest Rattler Endurance Weekend
  • 4JUN

    Rocket Race Orbiter

    Running Tollard Royal
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    £20 – £32C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Rocket Race Orbiter
  • 4JUN

    The Maverick Adidas Terrex X Series Exmoor

    Running Lynton
    35.4 mi • 26.1 mi • 12.4 mi • 9.3 mi
    £30 – £60C-19 PlanPartnered
    (10)
    People running the The Maverick Adidas Terrex X Series Exmoor
  • 4JUN

    Race to the Tower

    Running Whiteshill
    52.4 mi • 26.2 mi
    £69 – £199C-19 Plan
    (6)
    People running the Race to the Tower
  • 10JUN

    Ladybower Trail Marathon

    Marathon Hope Valley
    26.2 mi
    (3)
    People running the Ladybower Trail Marathon
  • 17JUN

    Tsunami Ocean Trails

    Running The Wharf
    75.0 mi • 37.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.0 mi • 7.5 mi
    £26 – £102C-19 PlanPartnered
    (19)
    People running the Tsunami Ocean Trails
  • 18JUN

    Race to the King

    Running Arundel
    53.6 mi • 30.2 mi • 23.4 mi
    £69 – £199C-19 Plan
    (3)
    People running the Race to the King
  • 18JUN

    Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon

    Multi-Sport Malpas
    73.9 mi • 36.7 mi • 34.5 mi • 32.8 mi • 28.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 18.3 mi • 17.2 mi • 16.4 mi • 14.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 10.4 mi • 7.1 mi • 6.8 mi • 6.2 mi • 5.5 mi • 3.7 mi • 3.6 mi • 3.4 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.6 mi • 1.0 mi
    £23 – £203C-19 Plan
    (2)
    People triathlon the Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon
  • 25JUN

    Running Tribe Series - Race 6, Course 3

    Running Chalfont Saint Peter
    40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
    £36 – £41.30C-19 PlanPartnered
    People running the Running Tribe Series - Race 6, Course 3
  • 2JUL

    The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle

    Multi-Sport Hever Castle
    140.4 mi • 111.8 mi • 76.9 mi • 75.5 mi • 70.2 mi • 55.9 mi • 50.0 mi • 38.5 mi • 37.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 15.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.7 mi • 6.2 mi • 2.4 mi • 1.2 mi
    £30 – £338C-19 Plan
    (1)
    People running the The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle
  • 3JUL

    North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

    Running Reigate
    26.2 mi • 13.1 mi
    £34 – £40
    (12)
    People running the North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon
  • 17JUL

    Lancaster Marathon

    Marathon Lancaster
    26.1 mi
    £50 – £52C-19 Plan
    People running the Lancaster Marathon
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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.

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