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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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The Tissington Trail Marathon
Booked 9 times this week

Sunday, 21st Nov 2021

The Tissington Trail Marathon

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Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Participants

marathon

Star5

(11 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £37
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 11, Course 2
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 27th Nov 2021

Running Tribe Series - Race 11, Course 2

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£41.30 – £48
Booking perksFlat
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Running Tribe Series - Race 12, Course 3
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 18th Dec 2021

Running Tribe Series - Race 12, Course 3

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£41.30 – £48
Booking perksFlat
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Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 1
Booked 3 times this week

Thursday, 30th Dec 2021

Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 1

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Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£36 – £38
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 2
Booked 3 times this week

Friday, 31st Dec 2021

Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 2

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Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£26 – £38
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Grim Leodis

Saturday, 5th Feb 2022

Grim Leodis

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£25 – £38
Booking perksFlat trail
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Bingely Bo***cks
Booked 5 times this week

Saturday, 26th Feb 2022

Bingely Bo***cks

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Bingley, West Yorkshire

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon, 10 miles

FilledTicket£12 – £48
Booking perksFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 2, Course 2

Saturday, 26th Feb 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 2, Course 2

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksFlat trail
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Running Tribe Series - Race 3, Course 3

Saturday, 26th Mar 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 3, Course 3

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksFlat trail
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The Fox Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon - April
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 2nd Apr 2022

The Fox Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon - April

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Guildford, Surrey

Participants

half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£34 – £80
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Roche Abbey Trail Running Festival
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, 2nd Apr 2022

Roche Abbey Trail Running Festival

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Maltby, South Yorkshire

Participants

ultramarathon, 10k, half marathon, marathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£21 – £48
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 5 times this week

Saturday, 9th Apr 2022

Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon

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Egham, Surrey

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicket£34 – £42
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Beyond Jurassic Trail  (Saturday)
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 16th Apr 2022

Beyond Jurassic Trail (Saturday)

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Bridport, Dorset

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicket£20 – £35
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Beyond Jurassic Trail (Sunday)

Sunday, 17th Apr 2022

Beyond Jurassic Trail (Sunday)

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Bridport, Dorset

Participants

marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£20 – £35
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Running Tribe Series - Race 4, Course 1

Saturday, 30th Apr 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 4, Course 1

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksFlat trail
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Devon Coast Challenge

Friday, 13th May 2022

Devon Coast Challenge

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Ilfracombe, Devon

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£65 – £180
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Solway Coast Marathon

Sunday, 22nd May 2022

Solway Coast Marathon

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Wigton, Cumbria, Cumbria

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£35 – £37
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 5, Course 2

Saturday, 28th May 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 5, Course 2

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Star5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Run Cumbria Solway Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, 5th Jun 2022

Run Cumbria Solway Marathon & Half Marathon

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Anthorn, Cumbria

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£26 – £30
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 6, Course 3

Saturday, 25th Jun 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 6, Course 3

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Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksFlat trail
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Chepstow Racecourse 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - July

Sunday, 10th Jul 2022

Chepstow Racecourse 5k, 10k & Half Marathon - July

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Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Participants

5k, 10k, marathon

FilledTicket£24 – £28
Booking perksFlat trail
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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 10th Jul 2022

North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon

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Reigate, Surrey

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(12 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £42
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly trail
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Running Tribe Series - Race 7, Course 1

Saturday, 30th Jul 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 7, Course 1

LocationIndicator

Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksFlat
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Running Tribe Series - Race 8, Course 2

Saturday, 20th Aug 2022

Running Tribe Series - Race 8, Course 2

LocationIndicator

Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£48
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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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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