2014 – 2015 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.

129 races

Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton
  • Marathon
  • September 01, 2014

Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Somerset | Langport
  • Marathon
  • September 06, 2014
  • Trail

Glen Moray Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Scotland | Moray | Elgin
  • Marathon
  • September 07, 2014 - 09:30

Kent Coastal Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Kent | Cliftonville
  • Marathon
  • September 07, 2014

Wye Valley Trail Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Gloucestershire | Coleford
  • Marathon
  • September 07, 2014 - 10:00
  • Trail Relay

Bacchus Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Surrey | Dorking
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014 - 11:00
  • Trail ETL Events

Chesterfield & Derbyshire Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Derbyshire | Chesterfield
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014 Inaugural race
  • Charity Road Running

Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Central Bedfordshire | Dunstable
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014
  • Trail

Farnham Pilgrim Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Surrey | Farnham
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014 - 09:00
  • Trail

Purbeck Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Dorset | Swanage
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014
  • Hilly

Yorshireman

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Bradford | Haworth
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014 - 10:00
  • Walk Trail

Beauty and the Beast Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Buckinghamshire | High Wycombe
  • Marathon
  • September 20, 2014 - 10:00
  • Hilly Trail Relay

Causeway Coast Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Northern Ireland | Portballintrae
  • Marathon
  • September 27, 2014
  • Trail

Great Langdale Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Cumbria | Great Langdale
  • Marathon
  • September 27, 2014 - 12:00
  • Road Running

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Scotland | Highland | Inverness
  • Marathon
  • September 28, 2014
  • Road Running