2015 – 2016 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.

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London 2 Cambridge Challenge

Capital Marathon Challenge
  • 2015-08-29
  • United Kingdom | Greater London | Olympic Park, London
  • Marathon
  • Walk

Guernsey Waterfront Marathon

  • 2015-08-30
  • United Kingdom | | Footes Lane
  • Marathon
  • Road Running Relay

Halifax Marathon

Halifax Marathon
  • 2015-08-30
  • United Kingdom | Calderdale | Halifax
  • Marathon
  • Team OA

Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon

Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon
  • 2015-09-06
  • United Kingdom | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton
  • Marathon

Glen Moray Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

Glen Moray Marathon
  • 2015-09-06
  • United Kingdom | Moray | Elgin
  • Marathon

Kent Coastal Marathon

Kent Coastal Marathon
  • 2015-09-06
  • United Kingdom | Kent | Cliftonville
  • Marathon

Great Langdale Marathon

Great Langdale Marathon
  • 2015-09-12
  • United Kingdom | Cumbria | Great Langdale
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon

Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon
  • 2015-09-12
  • United Kingdom | Somerset | Langport
  • Marathon
  • Trail

The Welsh Trail Marathon Series - Round 3 - The Black Mountains Half Marathon

  • 2015-09-12
  • United Kingdom | Powys | Cwmdu
  • Marathon
  • Trail Welsh Trail Marathon Series

Bacchus Marathon

Bacchus Marathon
  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | Surrey | Dorking
  • Marathon
  • Trail ETL Events

Chiltern Marathon

  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | Buckinghamshire | Lane End
  • Marathon
  • Walk Trail

Dunstable Downs Half Marathon, 20 Mile & Marathon Challenges

Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge
  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | Central Bedfordshire | Dunstable
  • Marathon
  • Trail

Grafham Water Marathon and Half Marathon

Grafham Water Marathon
  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | Cambridgeshire | Grafham, Cambridgeshire
  • Marathon
  • Charity Road Running Trail

New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon

New Forest Marathon
  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | Hampshire | New Milton
  • Marathon
  • Charity

The RB Hull Marathon

  • 2015-09-13
  • United Kingdom | East Riding of Yorkshire | Hull
  • Marathon
  • Fast Flat Road Running Relay
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