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What you need to know about Marathon Running

The marathon is the benchmark for any runner. Its history stretches back to the Ancient Greeks, and it now includes all the world’s most iconic running races. At 26.2 miles, it’s a massive test of physical and mental resilience. If it’s a PB you’re after, you can choose a fast, flat city course, or else go for a more challenging trail run in one of the world’s most stunning locations.

Think a marathon might be pushing it? Why not ease yourself in with a 5k or 10k run instead?

Find local Marathon running races

Wherever you are based, you are sure to find a fantastic marathon event that’s local to you. If you are looking for marathon events close by, simply use our search to see which marathon’s near you are taking place this year and beyond.

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The fourth staging of The Twilight Ultra takes place at the Redbridge Cycle Centre in East London after another successful year in 2017.

The secure, traffic-free, undulating, tarmac route sees runners covering laps of the cycle circuit and finishing on what will, hopefully, be a balmy summers evening.

With good parking and spectating facilities, the event features a choice of three distances with start times varying according to the distance you select. Aim high and select the ultra distance and you can always step down to a shorter distance.

Runners will be able to take advantage of well-stocked aid stations on each lap with the availability of hot and cold food and drink.

Twilight Ultra Run, Marathon & Half Marathon

Ilford, GB
1 race
£28£40
Twilight Ultra Run, Marathon & Half Marathon
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Fast, flat, road half and full marathon in the historic City of Gloucester. The route starts and finishes in Gloucester Quays and takes the City streets, views of the Cathedral, docks and the scenic Cotswolds. Expect a grand red carpet finish to live music and entertainment. All participants receive a bespoke medal, goody bag and a sublimated vest.

Gloucester City Marathon & Half Marathon

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GB
1 race
£42£50
Gloucester City Marathon & Half Marathon
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A choice of two Summer runs starting and finishing at the YMCA Hawker Centre (Kingston), proceeding towards the Thames Path on an out and back flat and fast scenic riverside route that is very well marked and marshalled all the way along. Both the half marathon and the marathon courses are both at and fast so were expecting some great PBs.

Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer

Kingston upon Thames, GB
1 race
£36£38
Thames Meander Marathon & Half – Summer
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Returning in 2018 the Owler Marathon, Half marathon and 10K on Sunday 25th November 2018, runners get the chance to test their legs again with this new two lap multi-terrain run, set in the great surroundings of Conningbrook Lakes Country Park while taking in the quiet roads of Brook. This event also includes the Owler Half marathon and 10K.

Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer

Kennington, Kent, GB
1 race
£31£33
Owler Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – Summer
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The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is famous for its fast pavement and draws great numbers of top athletes
and amateur runners each year. Numerous world best performances and world records have been set here in the past few years.

The atmosphere in Berlin is world-class, as well. The runners are lifted by the musical support along the attractive city course with about 80 bands putting on their own music marathon and are carried to the finish by countless spectators. It is an unforgettable experience for every marathon fan!

BMW Berlin Marathon

Berlin, Berlin, DE
BMW Berlin Marathon
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Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Full Marathon at the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, home to the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival, and enjoy the thrill of running a brand new course and racing your way to a new chip timed personal best on this smooth traffic free tarmac motor racing circuit!

Located at the foot of the Sussex Downs, the track is the only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form. Goodwood Motor Circuit originally opened its gates to the public in September 1948, to host Britains very first post-war motor race meeting at a permanent venue.

Each Mile will be accurately marked out and we have plenty of helpers to keep you quite literally on track and encourage you on your way to that chequered flag finish. Included in your entry fee are a Themed medal, Event T-shirt, water and post-race goodies Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

Running Grand Prix Goodwood Motor Circuit

Chichester, GB
Running Grand Prix Goodwood Motor Circuit
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Saturday 15th September 2018: Kew Gardens 10k (All inside Kew Gardens)
Sunday 16th September 2018: Richmond Marathon and Half Marathon

Take on one of London's most exclusive runs - passing through leafy Kew Gardens and alongside the beautiful river Thames. Join our team for this autumn riverside run and help fund our life-saving heart research.

This is the only time you can ever run in the World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens! London's most exclusive race starts inside Kew Gardens and finishes in an all-day family festival in Old Deer Park.

The Borough of Richmond Upon Thames is the most uniquely beautiful part of London given its essential character, history, significance, and its gifts of nature. It is only right that Richmond Upon Thames should have a unique day to celebrate all the wonders this borough has to offer.

Richmond Running Festival

Richmond, GB
1 race
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Richmond Running Festival
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With its striking scenery along the shores of Loch Ness, varied routes, rousing support, exceptional organisation and carnival atmosphere, this race has something for everyone. Why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? And if marathons aren't your thing why not enter one of the other races? With the River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, 5K Fun Run and Wee Nessie, there's a race for all running abilities and ages.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

Inverness, Highland, GB
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
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The Truckee Marathon course truly showcases the majestic and diverse beauty of Truckee and its surroundings. The marathon and half marathon start simultaneously in Historic Downtown Truckee. Quickly after the start the course heads west and circumnavigates Donner Lake. At the 11 mile mark youll face the toughest climb of the course heading up Northwoods Blvd. The final mile or so of the half is a down slope on the brand new Trout Creek Trail. A great place to view the event is at the main venue as the half finishes, the marathon continues and the relay teams tag-off.

Marathoners and relay teams continue to the eastern part of the course on a scenic section of single-track towards Grays Crossing and Old Greenwood. With majestic views of Mt. Rose and the surrounding sagebrush landscape runners continue towards Glenshire before turning onto the Legacy Trail along the Truckee River. Runners then follow this this trail back in to town where the finish celebration will be in full swing.

Truckee Marathon

Truckee, California, US
2 races
$100$110
Truckee Marathon
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Welcome to the Glencoe Marathon Gathering, featuring the full 26.2 mile Glencoe Marathon, the Mamores Half Marathon and the Glen Nevis 10K.

The off-road marathon is an epic trail run that ascends a total of 1,608 metres through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis.

The route snakes through the pass of Glencoe, surrounded by the towering remains of this ancient super volcano, before climbing 500 metres up the fearsome Devils Staircase. From the eastern edge of the Aonach Eagach Ridge you look straight onto the mighty Buachaille Etive Mor (the great herdsman) before dropping back to sea level at Kinlochleven where the Mamores Half Marathon starts. Climbing up through the Mamores the route undulates until the descent into Glen Nevis and the base of the mighty Ben Nevis, the UKs highest peak.

The Glencoe Marathon Gathering is organised by WildFox Events, Scotland's original adventure challenge company. Over the past fifteen years Wildfox Events has have offered participants an unrivalled experience and a range of events in some of the most stunning parts of the UK.

Glencoe Marathon Gathering

Ballachulish, GB
Glencoe Marathon Gathering
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, Run Long Beach. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.

JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Long Beach, California, US
1 race
$120$375
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

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