- The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon1AUG
The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Ilford31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£18 – £40(6)
- Kings Forest Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon & Half17OCT
Kings Forest Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon & HalfRunning ‧ Bury Saint Edmunds31.1 mi • 26.2 mi£28 – £34
- Rayne'deer Run6DEC
Rayne'deer RunMarathon ‧ Rayne26.2 mi£32 – £34
- Love Trails Festival2JUL
Love Trails FestivalMarathon ‧ Swansea26.1 mi£49 – £139(1)
- The Century16MAY
The CenturyMarathon ‧ Rayne26.2 mi£32 – £34
- It's 'Rayne'ing Medals5JUL
It's 'Rayne'ing MedalsMarathon ‧ Rayne26.2 mi£31 – £33
- South West Coast Path Trail Running Challenge4APR
South West Coast Path Trail Running ChallengeRunning ‧ Kingsbridge28.0 mi • 13.7 mi • 7.5 mi(1)
- The Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon20SEP
The Rutland Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Oakham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi£30
- The Surrey Hills Challenge27SEP
The Surrey Hills ChallengeRunning ‧ Woking37.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 26.1 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi£2
- Roche Abbey Trail Running Festival10MAY
Roche Abbey Trail Running FestivalRunning ‧ Maltby32.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£21 – £47(1)
- Brecon Beacons Trail Running Challenge2MAY
Brecon Beacons Trail Running ChallengeRunning ‧ Brecon26.2 mi • 25.9 mi • 6.2 miCharity places
- Lancaster Marathon17SEP2023
Lancaster MarathonMarathon ‧ Lancaster26.1 miCharity places
- Belfast City Marathon3MAY
Belfast City MarathonMarathon ‧ Belfast26.2 mi • 2.5 mi£43 – £45
- Cranleigh Trail Marathon10MAY
Cranleigh Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Cranleigh26.2 mi • 13.1 miCharity places(1)
- Worcester half and full marathon17MAY
Worcester half and full marathonMarathon ‧ Hindlip26.2 mi£33 – £35(3)
- Hornsea Running Festival6SEP
Hornsea Running FestivalRunning ‧ Hornsea26.2 mi • 20.0 mi • 13.2 mi • 10.0 mi£15 – £17
- Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Northumberland27FEB2021
Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – NorthumberlandRunning ‧ Bamburgh35.2 mi • 27.2 mi • 12.9 mi • 6.5 miCharity places(43)
- The Longhorn19APR
The LonghornRunning ‧ Newark37.3 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi£8 – £39(3)
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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.