Races of the Year 2010: Marathon

Here they are, with no further ado - 2010's best British marathons as voted for by you, the runnersworld.co.uk readers


Posted: 19 January 2011

Historic sights at the Trionium Greensand Marathon

1. Trionium Greensand Marathon

Surrey, October 17     

The route runs from Dorking over the Greensand hills of Surrey, with stunning countryside views, especially during the demanding 5,200ft of ascent and descent. The entire route is over Lower Greensand rocks: sandstones over 110 million years old, which, with their characteristic colour, give the hills and the race their name. Enter online now.

2. Beachy Head Marathon

East Sussex, October 23 

One of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK, this event celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010. It attracts runners from all over the world and the challenging route along the famous chalk cliffs of the South Downs makes it a truly awe-inspiring experience. Enter online now.

3. Brathay Windermere Marathon

Cumbria, May 16 

This year 1,200 runners took to the roads to raise money for the Brathay Trust, which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged young people turn their lives around. They were rewarded with good weather, some challenging climbs, stunning views around the England’s longest lake and – what else? – Kendal mint cake at the fuel stations. Enter online now.

4. Loch Ness Marathon

Inverness, October 3

Lured by the centuries-old legend of Nessie, runners flocked to the Highlands in droves for this race. They enjoyed scenic beauty along the shores of the loch and a great finish in the centre of Inverness. Find out more.

5. Halstead and Essex Marathon

Essex, May 9 

This perennial favourite is run through pretty woods and farmland, is traffic-free, well-organised and has an atmosphere that’s always extremely friendly and welcoming. Find out more.

6. South Downs Marathon

West Sussex, June 12  

The point-to-point route from Arundel to Petersfield follows chalk trails through the countryside and over the South Downs Way and the National Trail. Not ready for the full marathon? Then round up your running friends and enter the relay event instead. Enter online now.

7. Farnham Pilgrim Marathon

Surrey, September 19

Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims along footpaths and lanes between Farnham and Guildford on this mainly off-road course. The route varies slightly from year to year, but the stunning scenery is ever-present. Enter online now.

8. Brighton Marathon

East Sussex, April 18

It’s a brave organiser who hosts a big marathon a week before London, but even in its debut year this race was a big, bustling affair full to the brim with 12,000 runners feeling like champions as they ran along the crowd-lined seafront. Find out more.

9. Abingdon Marathon

Oxfordshire, October 17  

With a road course so flat it could have been devised with a spirit level, and a route that takes in the medieval town centre and some Thames-side country villages, the Abingdon Marathon is the perfect test.

10. MBNA Chester Marathon

Cheshire, May 31   

Another new race to make our marathon top 10, this could be a classic in the making. Those runners who took on the first staging of this city-centre race found cheerful crowds and the option to lighten the load by being part of a relay team. Enter online now.

11. Virgin London Marathon

12. Experian Robin Hood Festival of Running Marathon

13. Great Welsh Marathon

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14. Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

Find out more.

15. Luton Marathon

16. Gloucester Marathon

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17. Blackpool Marathon

18. Edinburgh Marathon

Find out more.


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Dr Robert Number One again
Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:10

Number Eleven
Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:16

Are you yawning at your OWN thread?
Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:22

LB this thread is not my  it's RUNNERS WORLD thread
Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:33

Ah OK! But you're still yawning!

Shall I get you a Horlicks honey?


Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:43

Thanks I need it  I got the flu - I wished people would covered their mouth when they coughing
Posted: 19/01/2011 at 20:53

Hmmm - you have got to wonder how these were picked when Luton appears in the list. It was cancelled!
Posted: 21/01/2011 at 22:36

Not only was Luton cancelled, but I can't recall any reimbursement so that puts it bottom of my year's races. Try harder RW!
Posted: 25/01/2011 at 15:02

If you read the details they state:

"The rankings were worked out using ratings given by respondents on runnersworld.co.uk after they had taken part in the races. Due to the magazine's print deadlines, we looked at races that took place in the 12 months between December 1, 2009 and December 1, 2010. "

Luton in Dec 2009 did go ahead so makes the list.


Posted: 27/01/2011 at 13:47

Luton @ 15. It was cancelled.

Are you making this up RW?


Posted: 29/01/2011 at 09:46

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