What are the Best UK Marathons?

So, you would like to attempt a marathon for the first time? Or maybe you want to gain a personal best? Whatever your experience, it’s the best feeling in the world to cross the finish line after conquering a marathon!

Your winning moment deserves a winning location, so here’s our selection of the best marathons in the UK:


The Virgin Money London Marathon

Why we rate it… The cornerstone of the UK running calendar. The jewel in the marathon crown. The bucket list frequenter. The difficult entry process is testament to the popularity of this televised event. Well worth trying your luck with the ballot!

Feeling keen? Next race is in 2020 and normally costs £35

Great for… everyone! The London marathon is one of the most inclusive marathons in the world!


Simply Health Great Stirling Run

Why we rate it… You’ll deserve a deep-fried Mars bar after tackling this! Starting and finishing in Stirling’s gorgeous city centre, this scenic route allows you to experience the wonders of Scottish countryside and heritage - but careful the hill at mile 17! 

Feeling keen?  Next race is in 2020 and normally costs £58

Great for… Running families looking for a whole weekend of fun


Edinburgh Marathon

Why we rate it… The place to achieve your PB dreams! Voted the fastest marathon in the UK in 2008, this speedy course includes a descent to near sea level and whizzes you through the city centre and the Royal Mile, and all with Edinburgh castle as a backdrop!

Feeling keen? Charity places are still available for 26th May 2019 and costs from £60

Great for… Runners looking for an impressive time.


Milton Keynes Marathon

Why we rate it… Stadium finish. Post-race music festival. Scenic route with tree lined boulevards. Is there a better way to spend your bank holiday? 

Feeling keen? Next race is on 6th May 2019 and costs £50

Great for… Those looking to qualify for London or Boston


Greater Manchester Marathon

Why we rate it… Boasting a crowd of over 20,000 runners, this marathon is one of the fastest and biggest in Europe! 2020 entrants will be the first to experience the city centre course amendment to show off landmarks like the Manchester Opera House

Feeling keen? Next race is on Sunday 5th April 2020 - entry open now and costs £49

Great for… Those who missed out on London but are still hungry for the electricity of a massive event


Blackpool Marathon

Why we rate it… This flat course is awesome for beginners (and wimps!) but the 2 laps style may demand extra stamina and determination! 

Feeling keen? Next race is on Sunday 28th April 2019 and costs £36.50

Great for… Running families looking for a weekend away


Brighton Marathon

Why we rate it… Expect enthusiastic crowd support, live music and a sparkling sea view to see you along the flat promenade!

Feeling keen?  18thApril 2019. Ballots will open end of Spring for April 2020 and cost around £65

Great for… Those wanting a break from city centre runs


Bournemouth Marathon

Why we rate it… Oh, we do like to be beside the sea side … with thousands of others sweating it out for 26.2 miles! The scenery is the real winner on this course - piers, promenades and woodland! Too much sightseeing though and you might just fall prey to the inclines around this route!

Feeling keen? Next race is on 5th October 2019 and costs £55

Great for… Those looking to start challenging themselves


MBNA Chester Marathon

Why we rate it… Chester aims to please, with this offering of a flat race route through city and North Wales countryside. A crazy 70% of their 2014 entrants bagged PBs as they crossed the River Dee finish- how’s that for motivation?!

Feeling keen? Next race is on 6th October 2019 and costs £47.75 before 1st August

Great for…Those looking for a speedy run before entering the dreary Winter months


Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Why we rate it… Rock ‘n’ Roll plays you to victory at this scenic Liverpudlian marathon. Apart from being a great boost over the hilly miles, the jazzy tunes attract buzzing crowd support

Feeling keen? Next race is on May 26, 2019 and costs £50

Great for…Those looking for an experience but not necessarily a PB (but don’t let us stop you trying!)


If you are looking for your next marathon, take a look at our event listings to find the perfect event for you - Marathon Listings

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