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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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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - September

Sunday, Sep 3, 2023

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit - September

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

Star4.5

(7 reviews)

FilledTicket£23.40 – £40
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December

Sunday, Dec 3, 2023

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket£23.40 – £43
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 5, Course 2

Friday, May 27, 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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Kempton Park Running Festival 10k, Half Marathon & Marathon
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Kempton Park Running Festival 10k, Half Marathon & Marathon

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Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey

Participants

marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket£23.50 – £40.50
Booking perksFlat road
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Run Cumbria Solway Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, Jun 5, 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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Wuthering Heights Wander
Booked 5 times this week

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Wuthering Heights Wander

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Haworth, West Yorkshire

Participants

10 miles, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£22 – £50
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Ladybower Trail Marathon
Booked 5 times this week

Friday, Jun 10, 2022

Ladybower Trail Marathon

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Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Participants

marathon

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£40
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryTrail
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Summer Extravaganza
Booked 10 times this week

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Summer Extravaganza

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£13 – £50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Salisbury Plain Summer Edition - Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 Mile
Booked 9 times this week

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Salisbury Plain Summer Edition - Marathon, Half Marathon & 50 Mile

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Ludgershall, Wiltshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon, ultramarathon

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£28 – £55
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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Race across Dorset
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

Race across Dorset

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Salisbury, Wiltshire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon

FilledTicket£40 – £75
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Glorious Gargrave
Booked 7 times this week

Sunday, Jun 19, 2022

Glorious Gargrave

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Gargrave, North Yorkshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£13 – £50
Booking perksTrail
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Spring Solo Gazelle (5k, 10k, Half, Full, Ultra)

Monday, Jun 20, 2022

Spring Solo Gazelle (5k, 10k, Half, Full, Ultra)

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Participants

5k, 10k, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£13 – £14
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The Sunset Running Festival
Booked 6 times this week

Saturday, Jun 25, 2022

The Sunset Running Festival

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Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Participants

marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket£19 – £30
Booking perksFlat road
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Running Tribe Series - Race 6, Course 3

Saturday, Jun 25, 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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The Maverick Adidas Terrex X-Series Peak District
Booked 5 times this week

Saturday, Jun 25, 2022

The Maverick Adidas Terrex X-Series Peak District

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Bakewell, Derbyshire

Participants

10k, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£35 – £65
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Celebration of Running
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Jul 9, 2022

Celebration of Running

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Lancaster, Lancashire

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£5 – £48
Booking perksFlat road
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The Maverick Adidas Terrex X-Series Chilterns
Booked 11 times this week

Saturday, Jul 9, 2022

The Maverick Adidas Terrex X-Series Chilterns

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Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£35 – £65
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryFlat trail
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North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, Jul 10, 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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The Sir Titus Summer Trot
Booked 14 times this week

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

The Sir Titus Summer Trot

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Shipley, West Yorkshire

Participants

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

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£13 – £50
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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BigHeat Marathon & 16 Mile

Sunday, Jul 24, 2022

BigHeat Marathon & 16 Mile

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Haslemere, Surrey

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£32 – £45
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Something Wild Trail Running Festival

Friday, Jul 29, 2022

Something Wild Trail Running Festival

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Galmpton, Devon

Participants

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

FilledTicket£20 – £70
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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B F F (Best Foot Forward) on National Friendship Day

Saturday, Jul 30, 2022

B F F (Best Foot Forward) on National Friendship Day

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Haughley, Suffolk

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £35
Booking perksTrail
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Running Tribe Series - Race 7, Course 1

Saturday, Jul 30, 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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The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, Jul 30, 2022

The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon

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Ilford, Greater London

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(6 reviews)

FilledTicket£18 – £50
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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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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