- The Hampshire Hoppit21JUN2020
The Hampshire HoppitRunning ‧ Kingsclere26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£37 - £39
- Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon11APR2020
Magna Carta Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Egham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 - £42
- Brett Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Winter24NOV
Brett Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – WinterRunning ‧ Kennington26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£20 - £33
- North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon5JUL2020
North Downs Way Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Reigate26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£32 - £40
- Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run30NOV
Nottingham Christmas Marathon, Half, 5K & 1 Mile Fun RunRunning ‧ Nottingham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi£6 - £38
- Huddersfield Marathon & Half Marathon7JUN2020
Huddersfield Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Huddersfield26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£15 - £28
- Great Welsh Marathon5APR2020
Great Welsh MarathonRunning ‧ Llanelli26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£34 - £46
- Dulux London Revolution Trails9MAY2020
Dulux London Revolution TrailsRunning ‧ Marlow32.2 mi • 27.0 mi • 13.7 mi£27 - £59
- Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival16NOV
Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running FestivalRunning ‧ Leeds31.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 8.8 mi£19 - £41
- Race The Tide10MAY2020
Race The TideRunning ‧ Mothecombe28.5 mi • 15.5 mi • 8.5 mi£26 - £62
- Tsunami Ocean Trails20JUN2020
Tsunami Ocean TrailsRunning ‧ The Wharf75.0 mi • 37.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 16.0 mi • 7.5 mi£24 - £102
- Jurassic Trail East Meets West25APR2020
Jurassic Trail East Meets WestRunning ‧ Bridport26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.7 mi • 3.1 mi£15 - £32.50
- River Meon Marathon7JUN2020
River Meon MarathonMarathon ‧ Wickham26.2 mi£28
- Sublime Peterborough Marathon5APR2020
Sublime Peterborough MarathonMarathon ‧ Peterborough26.2 mi$46.75
- Stroud Trail Marathon & Half Marathon3MAY2020
Stroud Trail Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Stroud35.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.5 mi£20.50 - £47.50
- Dark Peaks Trail 14 & Marathon7DEC
Dark Peaks Trail 14 & MarathonMarathon ‧ Stocksbridge26.2 mi • 14.0 mi£22 - £35
- Salisbury Plain Marathon/Half Marathon7DEC
Salisbury Plain Marathon/Half MarathonRunning ‧ Shipton Bellinger26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£25 - £35
- Kings Forest Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon & Half17OCT2020
Kings Forest Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon & HalfRunning ‧ Bury Saint Edmunds31.1 mi • 26.2 mi£30
- Endurancelife Dorset Marathon30NOV
Endurancelife Dorset MarathonRunning ‧ Wareham45.5 mi • 33.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£33 - £77
- Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K19JAN2020
Gloucester Marathon, Half Marathon and 50KRunning ‧ Quedgeley31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£30 - £47
- South West Coast Path Trail Running Challenge4APR2020
South West Coast Path Trail Running ChallengeRunning ‧ Kingsbridge28.0 mi • 13.7 mi • 7.5 mi£30
- The Pen Llyn Trail & Coastal Series24MAY2020
The Pen Llyn Trail & Coastal SeriesRunning ‧ Lon Golff26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£12 - £35
- Love Trails Festival2JUL2020
Love Trails FestivalMarathon ‧ Swansea26.1 mi£39 - £139
- Great Barrow Challenge – Xmas Triple Tipple28DEC
Great Barrow Challenge – Xmas Triple TippleRunning ‧ Barrow32.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£20 - £28
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.