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.

138 races

Good Friday Cricket Club Marathon

  • April 03, 2015 - 08:00
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Warwickshire | Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Marathon
  • Charity Green Trail Fund raising

Northampton Run Festival

Northampton Run Fest Full Marathon
  • April 05, 2015 - 10:10
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Northamptonshire | Northampton
  • Marathon
  • Trail Go Beyond Ultra

Coastal Trail Series - Exmoor

Coastal Trail Series - Exmoor - Marathon
  • April 11, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Devon | Exmoor National Park
  • Marathon
  • Trail Endurance Life

Brighton Marathon

Brighton Marathon
  • April 12, 2015 - 09:15
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Brighton and Hove | Brighton
  • Marathon
  • Charity Road Running

Hardmoors 26.2 Wainstones

Hardmoors 26.2 Wainstones - Marathon
  • April 12, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | North Yorkshire | Wainstones
  • Marathon
  • Trail Hardmoors Race Series Hardmoors 26.2 Trail Marathon Series

Taunton Marathon & Half Marathon

Taunton Marathon
  • April 12, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | Somerset | Taunton
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

Bungay Black Dog Marathon

  • April 19, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Suffolk | Bungay
  • Marathon

Greater Manchester Marathon

  • April 19, 2015 - 09:00
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Trafford | Old Trafford, MUFC
  • Marathon
  • Fast Charity Flat Road Running Relay

Huddersfield Marathon & Half Marathon

Huddersfield Marathon
  • April 19, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | Kirklees | Huddersfield
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Road Running Team OA

Blackpool Marathon

Blackpool Marathon
  • April 26, 2015 - 09:00
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Blackpool | Blackpool
  • Marathon
  • Fast Road Running Fylde Coast Running

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon
  • April 26, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Warwickshire | Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

Virgin London Marathon

  • April 26, 2015 - 09:30
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Greater London | London
  • Marathon
  • Fast Charity Road Running World Marathon Majors

Coastal Trail Series - Pembrokeshire

Coastal Trail Series - Pembrokeshire - Marathon
  • May 02, 2015
  • Europe | United Kingdom | Wales | County of Pembrokeshire | Little Haven
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Trail Endurance Life

Hardmoors 26.2 Helmsley

Hardmoors 26.2 Helmsley - Marathon
  • May 02, 2015 - 09:00
  • Europe | United Kingdom | North Yorkshire | Helmsley
  • Marathon
  • Trail Hardmoors Race Series Hardmoors 26.2 Trail Marathon Series

Salcombe Coastal Marathon

  • May 02, 2015 - 10:00
  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Devon | Bantham
  • Marathon
  • Walk Trail Fund raising