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- The Festival of Endurance at Hever Castle4JUL
The Festival of Endurance at Hever CastleMulti-Sport ‧ Hever Castle140.6 mi • 76.9 mi • 75.6 mi • 70.2 mi • 38.5 mi • 37.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 15.4 mi • 13.1 mi • 7.4 mi • 1.2 mi(1)
- Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10K11SEP
Richmond Runfest Half Marathon, Marathon, and 10KRunning ‧ London26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi(4)
- New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k12SEP
New Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5kRunning ‧ Brockenhurst26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 0.9 mi(5)
- Boston Marathon UK12SEP
Boston Marathon UKRunning ‧ Boston26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 3.0 mi(16)
- Glencoe Marathon Gathering5SEP
Glencoe Marathon GatheringRunning ‧ Glencoe26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(2)
- Afan Forest Trail Festival 10k, Half, and Marathon 26JUN
Afan Forest Trail Festival 10k, Half, and MarathonRunning ‧ Pontrhydyfen26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi
- The Hampshire Hoppit20JUN
The Hampshire HoppitMarathon ‧ Kingsclere26.2 mi(6)
- Causeway Coast Marathon25SEP
Causeway Coast MarathonMulti-Sport ‧ Portballintrae40.0 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(7)
- Mourne Way Marathon12JUN
Mourne Way MarathonRunning ‧ Rostrevor52.0 mi • 26.0 mi • 13.0 mi • 6.2 mi
- Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half Marathon26SEP
Jewson Barnstaple Marathon and Half MarathonRunning ‧ Barnstaple26.0 mi • 13.0 mi
- The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K & 5K18SEP
The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K & 5KRunning ‧ Swanage45.0 mi • 27.0 mi • 16.0 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi
- Escape The City 28AUG
Escape The CityRunning ‧ Dalkeith80.0 mi • 40.0 mi • 26.2 mi
- The Fox18SEP
The FoxRunning ‧ Godalming37.3 mi • 26.1 mi • 13.0 mi(34)
- Ministry Of Track4SEP
Ministry Of TrackRunning ‧ Bury Saint Edmunds26.2 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi • 3.1 mi • 1.0 mi
- Maverick Adidas Terrex X & Ultra Peak District17JUL
Maverick Adidas Terrex X & Ultra Peak DistrictRunning ‧ Bakewell82.0 mi • 33.6 mi • 26.1 mi • 16.2 mi • 6.2 mi
- North Downs Way Marathon & Half Marathon4JUL
North Downs Way Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Reigate26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(12)
- Magna Carta Marathon & Half Marathon28AUG
Magna Carta Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Egham26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(6)
- Are You Shore? 25JUL
Are You Shore?Marathon ‧ Brightlingsea26.2 mi
- The Shere 42k, Half & 10k10JUL
The Shere 42k, Half & 10kRunning ‧ Shere26.1 mi • 13.1 mi • 6.2 mi(3)
- Halifax Marathon & Half Marathon27JUN
Halifax Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Halifax26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(7)
- Huddersfield Marathon & Half Marathon6JUN
Huddersfield Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Huddersfield26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(6)
- Whitworth Trail Marathon15AUG
Whitworth Trail MarathonRunning ‧ Whitworth31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.8 mi(4)
- The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon31JUL
The Twilight Ultra, Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Ilford31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(6)
- The Twilight Friday Ultra, Marathon & Half Marathon30JUL
The Twilight Friday Ultra, Marathon & Half MarathonRunning ‧ Ilford31.1 mi • 26.2 mi • 13.1 mi(1)
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.