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.

141 races

Buff Enigma Quadzilla

Buff Enigma Quadzilla Marathon 2
  • 2016-02-07
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Hardmoors 26.2 Saltburn

Hardmoors 26.2 Saltburn - Marathon
  • 2016-02-14
  • United Kingdom | Redcar and Cleveland | Saltburn
  • Marathon
  • Trail Hardmoors Race Series Hardmoors 26.2 Trail Marathon Series

Belvoir Challenge

Belvoir Challenge 26 mile
  • 2016-02-27
  • United Kingdom | Leicestershire | Belvoir
  • Marathon
  • Walk Charity

Coastal Trail Series - Northumberland

Coastal Trail Series - Northumberland - Marathon
  • 2016-02-27
  • United Kingdom | Northumberland | Bamburgh
  • Marathon
  • Trail Endurance Life Sand

Glentress Trail Races - 10km, Half Marathon & Marathon

Glentress Trail Marathon
  • 2016-02-27
  • United Kingdom | Scottish Borders | Glentress
  • Marathon

Cambridge Boundary Run

Cambridge Boundary Run
  • 2016-03-06
  • United Kingdom | Cambridgeshire | Cambridge
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

Meadows Marathon

Meadows Marathon
  • 2016-03-06
  • United Kingdom | City of Edinburgh | Edinburgh
  • Marathon
  • Charity Road Running

Steyning Stinger Marathon

Steyning Stinger Marathon
  • 2016-03-06
  • United Kingdom | West Sussex | Steyning
  • Marathon
  • Walk

Wrexham Marathon Festival

Wrexham Marathon
  • 2016-03-06
  • United Kingdom | Wrexham | Wrexham
  • Marathon
  • Road Running Run Wales

Buff Week At the Knees

Buff Week At the Knees - Willen Lake Day One
  • 2016-03-14
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees

Caldecotte Lake Day Six
  • 2016-03-14
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees

Buff Week At the Knees - Willen Lake Day Two
  • 2016-03-15
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees

Caldecotte Lake (Reverse Route) Day Three
  • 2016-03-16
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees

Furzton Lake Day Four
  • 2016-03-17
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees

Furzton Lake Day Five
  • 2016-03-18
  • United Kingdom | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • Enigma Running