2016 – 2017 United Kingdom Marathon Calendar

Endurance runners in the UK have been at it for over a century and the capital city has long been the scene of their exploits. Indeed, the famous Polytechnic Marathon – held regularly in London from 1909 until 1996 – was once Europe’s oldest regularly run marathon. And if this legendary race – often hailed as the greatest marathon ever – is no longer run, London is now home to one of the world’s largest marathon, the Virgin London Marathon (nearly 37,000 finishers in 2012!).

Anyone interested in UK marathons knows that fund raising plays a key role in the country’s running culture with scores of charitable organizations encouraging runners to raise money for medical, humanitarian, animal welfare and other causes. So whether you are keen to help sick children in England, poor families in Africa or even… stray cats the world over, you’re sure to find a charity to run for.

Britons are often thought a modest lot, but this trait doesn’t seem to apply to local marathon organizers who are quick to highlight the superlatives of their favorite race. Did you know for example, that:

  • The Edinburgh Marathon is the fastest in the UK and was run in 2012 by the world’s oldest marathoner, Fauja Sing, who was 101 at the time of the race?
  • The Purbeck Marathon is one of the world’s most scenic marathons?
  • The Greater Manchester Marathon is the flattest in the UK – and one of the flattest in the world? Ideal for a PB, they say.
  • The Snowdonia Marathon in Wales – one of the toughest marathons in the UK – takes runners right round Wales’ (and England’s) highest peak. A less likely venue for PBs, no doubt, but still voted one of Britain’s best marathons in 2011!

Anyway, you get the idea….

Another approach to the UK marathon scene could involve checking in with some of the UK’s most famous historical figures:
How about a celebration of the Immortal Bard with a run around Stratford-upon-Avon for the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon ?
Or a Beatles-fueled run down memory lane (or Penny Lane, if you prefer) at the RunLiverpool Marathon?
Why, you could even try for a Nessie spotting at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon in Inverness. Don’t forget your camera – just in case.

137 races

Halstead & Essex Marathon

2016-05-08
United Kingdom / England / Essex / Halstead
Marathon

Arun River Marathon

2016-05-14
United Kingdom / England / West Sussex / Littlehampton
Marathon
Trail

The Welsh Trail Marathon Series - Round 2 - The Brecon Beacons Trail Marathon Summer

2016-05-14
United Kingdom / Wales / Powys / Talybont on Usk
Marathon
Trail Welsh Trail Marathon Series

Exeter Marathon

Marathon
2016-05-15
United Kingdom / England / Devon / Exeter
Marathon
Fast Flat Road Running

Cape Wrath Challenge

Campbell Lutyens Cape Wrath Challenge Marathon & Relays
2016-05-20
United Kingdom / Scotland / Highland / Durness
Marathon
Relay

Excalibur Marathon

Excalibur Marathon
2016-05-21
United Kingdom / Denbighshire / Bwlah Penbarras
Marathon
Charity Trail

White Peak Marathon

White Peak Marathon
2016-05-21
United Kingdom / England / Derbyshire / Thorpe
Marathon
Trail

Brathay Windermere Marathon

2016-05-22
United Kingdom / England / Cumbria / Brathay
Marathon
Road Running

Hardmoors 26.2 Osmotherley

Hardmoors 26.2 Osmotherley - Marathon
2016-05-22
United Kingdom / England / North Yorkshire / Osmotherley
Marathon
Trail Hardmoors Race Series Hardmoors 26.2 Trail Marathon Series

Kent Roadrunner Marathon

2016-05-28
United Kingdom / England / Kent / Gravesend
Marathon
Road Running

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon
2016-05-29
United Kingdom / Scotland / City of Edinburgh / Edinburgh
Marathon
Fast Road Running Relay

Newry City Marathon

Marathon
2016-05-29
United Kingdom / Northern Ireland / Newry City
Marathon
Road Running

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon & Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon
2016-05-29
United Kingdom / England / Liverpool / Liverpool
Marathon
Boston Qualifier Road Running Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

Weald Challenge

Weald Challenge Trail Marathon
2016-05-29
United Kingdom / England / East Sussex / Muddles Green
Marathon
Trail

Huddersfield Marathon & Half Marathon

Huddersfield Marathon
2016-06-05
United Kingdom / England / Kirklees / Huddersfield
Marathon
Hilly Road Running Team OA