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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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    Sun, 1st Aug

    The Circuit du Sore Legs
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    Ware, Hertfordshire

    Participants

    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£20 – £32
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    Sun, 1st Aug

    Vanguard Way Marathon & Half Marathon
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    Croydon, Greater London

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    marathon, half marathon

    3.5

    (3 reviews)

    FilledTicket£34 – £38
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    Sat, 7th Aug

    Are you shore? - Coastal Series 3
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    Brightlingsea, Essex

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    marathon and more

    FilledTicket£38
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    Sat, 14th Aug

    The Lucky Horseshoe Challenge
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    Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

    Participants

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

    FilledTicket£33 – £35
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    Sun, 15th Aug

    Abbathon
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    Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

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    10k, half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon and more

    FilledTicket£33 – £35
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    Sun, 22nd Aug

    The Big Pilgrimage
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    Southampton, Southampton

    Participants

    marathon and more

    FilledTicket£27 – £47
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 29th Aug

    Woldingham Marathon & Half Marathon
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    Woldingham, Surrey

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    marathon, half marathon

    4

    (3 reviews)

    FilledTicket£36 – £38
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    Sun, 5th Sep

    Green Chain Challenges
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    London, Greater London

    Participants

    10k, half marathon, marathon

    FilledTicket£22 – £32
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    Sun, 12th Sep

    R.I.O.T Run
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Sun, 26th Sep

    Hullavington Marathon & 10k
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    Hullavington, Wiltshire

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    marathon, 10k

    FilledTicket£18.72 – £72.80
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    Sun, 3rd Oct

    The "Other" Run
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Fri, 8th Oct

    The Two Moors Ultra
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    Lynmouth, Devon

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    ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

    4.5

    (2 reviews)

    FilledTicket£92 – £107
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    Sat, 9th Oct

    Dead Man's Double Day 1
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    Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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    marathon

    FilledTicket£36 – £38
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 10th Oct

    Dead Mans Double Day 2
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    Harrogate, North Yorkshire

    Participants

    marathon

    FilledTicket£36 – £38
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 17th Oct

    Wear Like Wally Wander
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Participants

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Sun, 7th Nov

    Hamsterley Forest Running Festival
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    Bishop Auckland, County Durham

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    10k, half marathon, marathon and more

    FilledTicket£21 – £38
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    Sun, 14th Nov

    Remembrance Run
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Sun, 5th Dec

    Christmas Canter
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Sun, 16th Jan 2022

    WTF - Where's The Finish
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Sun, 13th Feb 2022

    The Valentine's Day Challenge
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    Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

    Participants

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

    FilledTicket£23 – £33
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    Thu, 19th May 2022

    The Hafren Ultra
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    Llanidloes, Powys

    Participants

    marathon

    FilledTicket£70
    Booking perksGreat scenery
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    Sun, 3rd Oct

    Virgin Money London Marathon
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    London, Greater London

    Participants

    marathon

    5

    (48 reviews)

    FilledTicketPrice TBC
    Great atmosphere
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    Sun, 12th Sep

    Brighton Marathon Weekend
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    Brighton, Brighton and Hove

    Participants

    marathon, 10k

    4.5

    (34 reviews)

    FilledTicket£30 – £35
    Great atmosphere
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    Sun, 10th Oct

    Manchester Marathon
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    Stretford, Greater Manchester

    Participants

    marathon

    4.5

    (20 reviews)

    FilledTicketPrice TBC
    Great atmosphere
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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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