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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.

134 races

Buff Enigma Quadzilla Reverse Marathon 1

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • February 05, 2015 - 15:30
  • Enigma Running

Buff Enigma Quadzilla Marathon 1

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • February 06, 2015 - 09:00
  • Enigma Running

Buff Enigma Quadzilla Reverse Marathon 2

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • February 07, 2015 - 09:00
  • Enigma Running

Coastal Trail Series - South Devon - Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Devon | Beesands
  • Marathon
  • February 07, 2015
  • Trail Endurance Life

Buff Enigma Quadzilla Marathon 2

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • February 08, 2015 - 09:00
  • Enigma Running

Valentine's Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Warwickshire | Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Marathon
  • February 14, 2015 - 09:15
  • Trail

Hardmoors 26.2 Osmotherley - Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | North Yorkshire | Osmotherley
  • Marathon
  • February 15, 2015
  • Trail Hardmoors Race Series Hardmoors 26.2 Trail Marathon Series

Coastal Trail Series - Northumberland - Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Northumberland | Bamburgh
  • Marathon
  • February 28, 2015
  • Trail Endurance Life Sand

Cambridge Boundary Run

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Cambridgeshire | Cambridge
  • Marathon
  • March 01, 2015
  • Road Running

Steyning Stinger Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | West Sussex | Steyning
  • Marathon
  • March 01, 2015
  • Walk

Meadows Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Scotland | City of Edinburgh | Edinburgh
  • Marathon
  • March 08, 2015 - 11:30
  • Charity Road Running

Wrexham Marathon

  • Europe | United Kingdom | Wrexham | Wrexham
  • Marathon
  • March 08, 2015 - 09:00
  • Run Wales

Buff Week At the Knees - Willen Lake Day One

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • March 16, 2015 - 09:30
  • Enigma Running

Caldecotte Lake Day Six

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • March 16, 2015 - 09:30
  • Enigma Running

Buff Week At the Knees - Willen Lake Day Two

  • Europe | United Kingdom | England | Milton Keynes | Milton Keynes
  • Marathon
  • March 17, 2015 - 09:30
  • Enigma Running