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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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Millennium Falcon Marathon & Half Marathon
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Trail

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Millennium Falcon Marathon & Half Marathon

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket£28 – £39.50
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The Mallard Marathons
Route
Trail

Tuesday, 16th Nov 2021

The Mallard Marathons

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Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39.50
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Turkey Trot Challenge
Route
Flat trail

Saturday, 27th Nov 2021

Turkey Trot Challenge

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Horseheath, Cambridgeshire

Participants

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

FilledTicket£23 – £35
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Deja Vu Marathon
Route
Flat trail

Friday, 10th Dec 2021

Deja Vu Marathon

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39.50
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Winter Enigma
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Flat trail

Saturday, 8th Jan 2022

Winter Enigma

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Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£39.50 – £79
Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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The Millennium Falcon Marathon
Route
Flat trail

Saturday, 11th Jun 2022

The Millennium Falcon Marathon

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£39.50
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Star Wars Deja Vu Marathon
Route
Flat trail

Sunday, 12th Jun 2022

Star Wars Deja Vu Marathon

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Caldecotte, Milton Keynes

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£34.95
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Chilterns Trail Marathon
Route
Flat trail

Saturday, 2nd Apr 2022

Chilterns Trail Marathon

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Tring, Hertfordshire

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£69
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Therme Manchester Marathon
Route
Flat road

Sunday, 3rd Apr 2022

Therme Manchester Marathon

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Stretford, Greater Manchester

Participants

marathon

FilledTicket£53 – £109
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ABP Newport Wales Marathon, 10K & Family Run
Route
Flat

Sunday, 24th Oct 2021

ABP Newport Wales Marathon, 10K & Family Run

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Caerleon, Newport

Participants

marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Long Course Weekend – Wales
Route
Flat

Friday, 1st Jul 2022

The Long Course Weekend – Wales

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Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, ironman, sprint, medium (50–100km), long (100–200km), medium (2–5km)

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The Longhorn
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Trail

Sunday, 24th Apr 2022

The Longhorn

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Newark, Nottinghamshire

Participants

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

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£9 – £59
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Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Route
Hilly trail

Friday, 20th May 2022

Trail Pursuit Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Keswick, Cumbria

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket£19 – £119
Great atmosphereGreat scenery
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Stroud Trails
Route
Hilly trail

Sunday, 8th May 2022

Stroud Trails

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Stroud, Gloucestershire

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket£18.45 – £49.50
Great atmosphereGreat scenery
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Zetland Full & Half Marathon & Relay (Redcar)

Sunday, 5th Jun 2022

Zetland Full & Half Marathon & Relay (Redcar)

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Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland

Participants

marathon, half marathon

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The Beacons Trail Marathon

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

The Beacons Trail Marathon

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Brecon, Powys

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon

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Wooler Trail Marathon & Half

Saturday, 20th Nov 2021

Wooler Trail Marathon & Half

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Northumberland, Northumberland

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphere
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Portland Coastal Marathon, Half Marathon &10k 2022
Route
Hilly trail

Sunday, 6th Feb 2022

Portland Coastal Marathon, Half Marathon &10k 2022

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Portland, Dorset

Participants

10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Blacks to the Beacons Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
Route
Hilly trail

Saturday, 30th Apr 2022

Blacks to the Beacons Marathon and 50 Mile Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

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Llanbedr, Powys

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket£30 – £80
Great scenery
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Ladybower Trail Marathon
Route
Trail

Friday, 10th Jun 2022

Ladybower Trail Marathon

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Hope Valley, Derbyshire

Participants

marathon

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket£40
Great atmosphereGreat scenery
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Black Mountains 50 & Marathon
Route
Hilly trail

Saturday, 11th Jun 2022

Black Mountains 50 & Marathon

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Crickhowell, Powys

Participants

marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket£55 – £80
Great scenery
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Broadway Marathon & Half Marathon
Route
Flat

Sunday, 7th Nov 2021

Broadway Marathon & Half Marathon

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Broadway, Worcestershire

Participants

marathon, half marathon

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereGreat scenery
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Dyfi X Trail Marathon (Half & Full)

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Dyfi X Trail Marathon (Half & Full)

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Aberdyfi, Gwynedd

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Gower

Saturday, 13th Nov 2021

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series – Gower

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Rhossili, Swansea

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k

Star4.5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket£33 – £66
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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