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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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Express to Hornsea

Saturday, 3rd Sep 2022

Express to Hornsea

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Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£12 – £48
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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The Fox Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon - September
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, 17th Sep 2022

The Fox Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon - September

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Godalming, Surrey

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

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FilledTicket£34 – £80
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat trail
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – September

Sunday, 25th Sep 2022

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – September

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£26 – £35
Booking perksFlat trail
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Race on the Chase 2022

Sunday, 2nd Oct 2022

Race on the Chase 2022

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Rockbourne, Hampshire

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£21 – £40
Booking perksFlat trail
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Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival (Leeds) 2022
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, 12th Nov 2022

Kirkstall Abbey Trail Running Festival (Leeds) 2022

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Leeds, West Yorkshire

Participants

half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£23 – £48
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 4th Dec 2022

Running GP at Goodwood Motor Circuit – December

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Chichester, West Sussex

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket£26 – £35
Booking perksFlat trail
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Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 1 2022

Friday, 30th Dec 2022

Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 1 2022

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Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£25 – £38
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 2 2022

Saturday, 31st Dec 2022

Bridlington New Year Bonanza Day 2 2022

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Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire

Participants

half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£25 – £38
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Enigma Fireworks Marathons & Half Marathon

Thursday, 4th Nov 2021

Enigma Fireworks Marathons & Half Marathon

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£25 – £39.50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Hamsterley Forest Running Festival
Booked 10 times this week

Sunday, 7th Nov 2021

Hamsterley Forest Running Festival

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Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£21 – £38
Booking perksFlat
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Remembrance Run
Booked 8 times this week

Sunday, 14th Nov 2021

Remembrance Run

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£23 – £33
Booking perksFlat trail
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Christmas Canter Race
Booked 8 times this week

Sunday, 5th Dec 2021

Christmas Canter Race

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£23 – £33
Booking perksFlat trail
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Reindeer Run 2021

Sunday, 5th Dec 2021

Reindeer Run 2021

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Rayne, Essex

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39
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Tie Fighters at Christmas Enigma
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, 11th Dec 2021

Tie Fighters at Christmas Enigma

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39.50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Band of Runners (Rocking Around the Christmas Track)
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 12th Dec 2021

Band of Runners (Rocking Around the Christmas Track)

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Ware, Hertfordshire

Participants

half marathon, marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£30 – £32
Booking perksFlat road
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Big Xmas Trail Races
Booked 49 times this week

Sunday, 19th Dec 2021

Big Xmas Trail Races

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Sale, Greater Manchester

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket£17 – £37
Booking perksTrail
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Skipton Skidaddle

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

Skipton Skidaddle

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Skipton, North Yorkshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£12 – £48
Booking perksFlat trail
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WTF - Where's The Finish Run
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 16th Jan 2022

WTF - Where's The Finish Run

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £33
Booking perksFlat trail
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The Wrangler

Saturday, 22nd Jan 2022

The Wrangler

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Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £35
Booking perksFlat trail
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Fancy Dress Frolic

Saturday, 5th Feb 2022

Fancy Dress Frolic

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Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £35
Booking perksFlat trail
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The Valentine's Day Challenge

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

The Valentine's Day Challenge

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Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £33
Booking perksFlat trail
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The Zig Zag Challenge

Saturday, 5th Mar 2022

The Zig Zag Challenge

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Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£28 – £35
Booking perksFlat trail
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Enigma Week At the Knees - Days 1&2

Monday, 7th Mar 2022

Enigma Week At the Knees - Days 1&2

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Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39.50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Enigma Week At the Knees - All 7 days

Tuesday, 8th Mar 2022

Enigma Week At the Knees - All 7 days

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Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£255
Booking perksTrail
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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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