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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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    Sat, 21st Aug

    The Shere 42k, Half & 10k
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    Shere, Surrey

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    marathon, half marathon, 10k

    4

    (3 reviews)

    FilledTicket£20 – £75
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 22nd Aug

    The Great Hertfordshire AONB Run Event
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    Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£20 – £60
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Trail
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    Sat, 28th Aug

    Running Tribe Series - Race 8, Course 2
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    Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

    Participants

    10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

    FilledTicket£41.30 – £48
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    Sat, 4th Sep

    Rock Hard Coast Trails
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    Kingsbridge, Devon

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    5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon and more

    FilledTicket£14 – £42
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    Sun, 5th Sep

    Andover Trail Marathon
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    Enham Alamein, Hampshire

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    marathon, half marathon

    5

    (1 reviews)

    FilledTicket£25 – £35
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 18th Sep

    Maverick adidas Terrex Frontier North Downs
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    Guildford, Surrey

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£30 – £60
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    Sat, 18th Sep

    The Fox Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon
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    Godalming, Surrey

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    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

    5

    (35 reviews)

    FilledTicket£34 – £64
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    Sat, 18th Sep

    The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile
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    Swanage, Dorset

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    marathon, ultramarathon, 5k, 10k and more

    FilledTicket£11 – £54
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 25th Sep

    Running Tribe Series - Race 9, Course 3
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    Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

    Participants

    10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

    FilledTicket£41.30 – £48
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    Sun, 26th Sep

    Conwy Marathon
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    Llandudno, Conwy Principal Area

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    10 miles, marathon and more

    FilledTicket£24 – £43.95
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    Sat, 2nd Oct

    Maverick Adidas Terrex Frontier Ox Drove
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    Netherhampton, Wiltshire

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    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£30 – £63
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    Sun, 3rd Oct

    Hundon Marathon
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    Hundon, Suffolk

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    marathon

    FilledTicket£35 – £42
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    Fri, 8th Oct

    Atlantic Coast Challenge
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    Upton Towans, Cornwall

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon

    FilledTicket£65 – £165
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    Sun, 10th Oct

    Roman River Trails - 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon
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    Layer Marney, Essex

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£19.50 – £42
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 16th Oct

    Run Scotland Rannoch Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
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    Kinloch Rannoch, Perth and Kinross

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    marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

    FilledTicket£19 – £34
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    Flat road
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    Sat, 23rd Oct

    Running Tribe Series - Race 10, Course 1
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    Chalfont Saint Peter, Buckinghamshire

    Participants

    10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

    FilledTicket£41.30 – £48
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    Sat, 6th Nov

    Maverick adidas Terrex Frontier South Downs
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    Slindon, West Sussex

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£30 – £60
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    Sun, 14th Nov

    Remembrance Day
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    Brightlingsea, Essex

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    marathon and more

    FilledTicket£38
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    Sun, 21st Nov

    The Tissington Trail Marathon
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    Ashbourne, Derbyshire

    Participants

    marathon

    5

    (11 reviews)

    FilledTicket£35 – £37
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    Road
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    Sat, 27th Nov

    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
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    Sat, 18th Dec

    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
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    Thu, 30th Dec

    Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 1
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    Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon

    FilledTicket£36 – £38
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Fri, 31st Dec

    Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 2
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    Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon

    FilledTicket£26 – £38
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sat, 9th Apr 2022

    Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon
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    Egham, Surrey

    Participants

    marathon, half marathon

    5

    (6 reviews)

    FilledTicket£34 – £42
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    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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