UK Marathon Calendar 2010

From the Highlands to Land's End, and big city settings to wild rural corners, you're sure to find something to suit in our annual UK marathon calendar


Posted: 18 February 2010

Jurassic Coast Challenge
Votwo Jurassic Coast Challenge, March 26

Whether you're a newcomer to the world of marathon running, or a seasoned competitor on the hunt for a tougher challenge, bookmark this guide for a year of marathon magic.

Soak up panoramic views some of Britain's most stunning scenery in events like the Brathay Windermere Marathon (May 16) or the Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon (September 12), or try out two new big-city fixtures - the mbna Chester Marathon (May 31) or the Bradford City Marathon (October 17).

With dozens of races taking place all over the UK, from Cornwall to Loch Ness, our Marathon Calendar  has all the inspiration you need to plan your first (or next) marathon challenge.

FEBRUARY

Belvoir Challenge 26
When: February 27 Where: Leicestershire 2009 Rating: New to RW
Run this if you like... lashings of mud; sharing a free hot meal at the finish; exploring the grounds of Belvoir Castle.

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series: Stage 4 - South Devon
When: February 27 Where: Devon 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like...
running through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; dramatic coastal scenery; taking on tough hill climbs.

MARCH

Duchy Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 7 Where: Cornwall 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... breathtaking sea views; a tour of the historic mining district of Pool; pre-race pasta parties; free pasties at the finish.

Steyning Stinger Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 7 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... a healthy dose of hills; muddy conditions; the occasional stile or gate to negotiate; free post-race meals.

Bedford Clanger 27
When: March 14 Where: Bedfordshire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... going off-road; exploring unmarked courses; raising money for charity.

Cotswold Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
March 21 Where: Gloucestershire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... picturesque villages; tackling tough hills; running along quiet country roads.

Votwo Jurassic Coast 3-Day Challenge 78.6
When: March 26 - March 28 Where: Dorset 2009 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... hills, hills and more hills; multi-day events; a mixture of terrain from shingle to mud; breathtaking views over the Jurassic Coast.

Endurancelife Coastal Series: Stage 5 - Pembrokeshire
When: March 27 Where: Pembrokeshire 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... exploring Britain’s only coastal National Park, winding trails; soaking up sea views from rugged cliff-tops.

Brighton Trail Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 28 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... running through open countryside over the South Downs; being part of a friendly field.

APRIL

Crawley A.I.M. Charity Track Marathon
When: April 10 Where: Surrey 2009 Rating: 60%
Run this if you like...
perfect pacing – you’ll be lapping an athletics track; raising money for charity.

The Bath Beat 26.5
When: April 10 Where: Somerset 2009 Rating:  93%
Run this if you like... getting together with long-distance walkers; tucking into a food spread at checkpoints; running through rolling countryside.

Bungay Black Dog Marathon 
When: April 18 Where: Suffolk 2009 Rating: 88%
Run this if you like... rousing spectator support; having your own personal supplies waiting at drinks stations; climbing the occasional hill.

Great Welsh Marathon  **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 18 Where: Carmarthenshire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... fast, flat and traffic-free running; tracing the contours of the Carmarthenshire coastline; stunning views over the Gower Peninsula.

Brighton Marathon 
When: April 18 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... trying out brand new events; big, bustling races; running along the famous seafront lined with supporters.   

Endurancelife Coastal Series: Stage 6 - Cornwall
When: April 24 Where: Cornwall 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... tackling the toughest Endurancelife series course; having tricky rocky and boggy terrain underfoot; touring Cornwall’s ancient stone circles.

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon
When: April 25 Where: Warwickshire 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... the chance to explore Shakespeare’s historic hometown; a course lined with noisy supporters; same-day alternatives to the Virgin London Marathon.

South Downs Marathon
When: April 25 Where: East Sussex 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... clocking up 27 miles in under 10 hours; following tracks and footpaths over the South Downs; joining a long-distance walking field.

Virgin London Marathon
When: April 25 Where: London 2009 Rating: 96%
Run this if you like...
touring London’s iconic sights; an unbeatable atmosphere; boasting that you got in!

MAY

North Dorset Village Marathon
When: May 2 Where: Dorset 2009 Rating:
Run this if you like...
following winding country lanes; stunning West Country scenery.

Suffolk Heritage Coast Run/Walk 26
When: May 2 Where: Suffolk 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... pretty coastal paths; a good mixture of road, heath and sea wall.

Three Forts Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 2 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like...
tough courses with more than 3,000ft of climbing; running off-road; self-navigation (there aren't any marshals); small fields - there were only 200 runners last year.

Orpington Mara*fun **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 8 Where: Kent 2009 Rating: 77%
Run this if you like...
raising funds for a good cause; friendly, local races; a mix of surburbia and greenery.

Halstead & Essex Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 9 Where: Essex 2009 Rating: 93%
Run this if you like... lovely country lanes; PB potential; personalised drinks.

Brathay Windermere Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 16 Where: Cumbria 2009 Rating: 89%
Run this if you like... soaking up the views over Lake Windemere; running through woodland; plenty of hills!

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series: Stage 7 - Exmoor
When: May 22 Where: Devon 2009 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... dizzying clifftop views; challenging climbs; cockle-warming grub at the finish.

White Peak Marathon
When:
May 22 Where: Derbyshire 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like...
traffic-free, off-road, point-to-point racing; steep downhill finishes.

Edinburgh Marathon
When:
May 23 Where: Edinburgh 2009 Rating: 59%
Run this if you like... early starts; fast courses; touring historic Edinburgh.

mbna Chester Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 31 Where: Cheshire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... trying out brand new races; courses with PB potential; relay racing.

JUNE

Salomon South Downs Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 12 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... running through White Ways Country Park and Arundel Castle, with a relay option.

Cheltenham Circular Challenge 26
When:
June 20 Where: Gloucestershire 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... Cotswold valleys and villages; walking or running; raising money for local causes.

North Devon Marathon
When:
June 27 Where: Devon 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... taking part in North Devon’s first marathon for more than two decades; exploring clifftops, beaches, sand dunes, country lanes and coastal footpaths; fundraising for charity.

JULY

Chichester Challenge **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
July 11 Where: West Sussex 2009 Rating: 63%
Run this if you like... a team challenge; touring the historic Goodwood Estate; a variety of terrain.

Fairlands Valley Challenge Marathon
When:
July 18 Where: Hertfordshire 2009 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like...
multi-terrain courses; following instructions and reading maps to navigate; great post-race grub - especially barbecues and bread pudding!

Bury St Edmunds Marathon
When:
July 25 Where: Suffolk 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... trying new events; joining walkers for a multi-distance challenge; winding through charming country villages.

AUGUST

Salclear Isle of Man Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: August 8 Where: Isle Of Man 2009 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... two laps of island running; prizes galore; stadium finishes.

Fleetwood Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
August 29 Where: Lancashire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... fast coastal routes; new and improved courses.

SEPTEMBER

Moray Marathon
When:
September 5 Where: Moray 2009 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... uncomplicated, gently undulating races; Scottish coastal views; dolphin and whale watching en route.

Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon
When:
September 11 Where: Somerset 2009 Rating: 70%
Run this if you like... tough off-road adventures; negotiating gates, stiles and hills.

Two2go Lea Valley Trail Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
September 11 Where: Hertfordshire 2009 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like...
trail running; admiring London’s rapidly developing Olympic Zone; going point-to-point from country to city.

Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
September 12 Where: Yorkshire 2009 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... demanding off-road courses; being part of a team; hot grub at the finish.

Green Chain Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
September 19 Where: London 2009 Rating: 82%
Run this if you like...
following the Thames; going off-road; exploring south-east London.

The Farnham Pilgrim Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
September 19 Where: Surrey 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... following the North Downs Way; hard-earned views across the Surrey Hills.

OCTOBER

Atlantic Coast 3-Day Challenge (78.6 miles)
When:
October 1 - 3 Where: Surrey 2009 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... hills, hills and more hills; multi-day ultras; Cornish coastal scenery.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
When:
October 3 Where: Highland 2009 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... bagpipes and Highland music en route; stadium finishes; point-to-point races; moorland scenery; Nessie-spotting.

Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon
When:
October 3 Where: Jersey 2009 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like...
rolling countryside and pretty green lanes; small hills and valleys; late-autumnal sunshine.

The 54th Isle of Wight Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
October 3 Where: Isle Of Wight 2009 Rating: 73%
Run this if you like... tradition - this is Britain's longest continuously run marathon; hills; sea breezes; bargain price tag.

The Great Clarendon Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
October 3 Where: Wiltshire 2009 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... point-to-point racing; multiterrain challenges; relay racing; cameraderie

Where Ravens Dare 26.5
When:
October 16 Where: Gwent 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... exploring open moorland and ancient woodlands; soaking up views over the Beacons; tea and toast at the start.

Abingdon Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
October 17 Where: Oxfordshire 2009 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... late-season PBs on a flat, scenic rural course; helpful marshals and cheering crowds.

Bradford City Marathon
When:
October 17 Where: South Yorkshire 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... celebrating the Olympics – the course’s five loops are symbolic of the Olympic rings; big-city atmosphere; flat road courses.

Trionium Greensand Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 17 Where: Surrey 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... climbing to south east England's highest point; autumnal scenery; cooked breakfasts.

Beachy Head Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
October 23 Where: East Sussex 2009 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... 3,500ft of South Downs ascents; windy, muddy, tough courses; cattle- and sheep-dodging.

NOVEMBER

Votwo Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge 78.6
When:
November 5-7 Where: Pembrokeshire 2009 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... trail running; three-day challenges; self-navigation; dramatic coastal scenery.

Rutland Water Marathon
When:
November 7 Where: Rutland 2009 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... running through a European Special Protection Area (home to over 20,000 waterfowl); taking to the trails; picturesque views over the Hambleton peninsula.


Have we missed any?

We'll update this list as more events are confirmed but please do get in touch if you spot any omissions.


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Missed out so far

Lochaber marathon Fort William, April

Cape Wrath, Sutherland May


Posted: 19/02/2010 at 18:05

There's also Belfast on 3rd May

http://www.belfastcitymarathon.com/


Posted: 20/02/2010 at 10:13

Bury St Edmonds Marathon has been cancelled but still appears in the list
Posted: 21/02/2010 at 19:48

Snowdonia marathon - your 'best marathon' 2007 yet it doesn't get a mention??
Posted: 21/02/2010 at 23:10

Luton Marathon: SUNDAY 5th DECEMBER 2010 AT 10.00AM

http://www.lutonmarathon.org.uk/
Posted: 22/02/2010 at 13:55

I hear Bradford have cancelled their marathon...
Posted: 22/02/2010 at 16:06

Leicester marathon?
Posted: 22/02/2010 at 16:07

Blackpool 11th April

Great Langdale - 25th September

Details for these available via ukresults.net

Keilder - 17 October

This has its own website that I can't find just now - there's a thread under Events linking to it


Posted: 22/02/2010 at 16:50

Yep

Snowdonia Marathon 30th October 2010


Posted: 02/04/2010 at 21:58

http://www.snowdoniamarathon.co.uk/

Thats the www. for the Snowdon Marathon as you said 30th October 2010


Posted: 03/04/2010 at 23:48

Newcastle Town Moor Marathon, Newcastle upon Tyne November 21st 2010.  www.communigate.co.uk/ne/northeastveteransathleticsclub 
Posted: 21/04/2010 at 00:17

theres also Nottingham in September I think
Posted: 21/04/2010 at 07:34

and the wales marathon is on the 26th september, in tenby, pembrokeshire.  www.thewalesmarathon.com
Posted: 29/04/2010 at 11:33

Notts is 12th Sept,  Leicester is 10th October, undecided which to do???
Posted: 29/04/2010 at 12:27

Actually, there are plenty of Marshals in the Three Forts Marathon .The Three Forts Marathon usually clashes with the Neolitic Trail Marathon(or vice versa).  I have not ran the Neolitic Trail Marathon but once  considered the idea. I ran the Three Forts Marathon instead, only because it was nearer.   Both races are normally in the first weekend of May.Be warned runners you need to be a "Weekend Warrior" to run eitherrace.  In fact, both races should carry Government health warnings - just joking
Posted: 07/06/2010 at 20:48

anyone heared about 2 marathons in liverpool 31/12/10 and 1/1/11

the contact is liverbird


Posted: 14/09/2010 at 00:36

Newcastle Town Moor Marathon 2010.

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED.


Posted: 19/10/2010 at 19:15

Just done the Cornish marathon for the 5th time, its arguably the hardest in the UK very very hilly! not for the faint hearted, it starts in a village near Liskeard called Pensilva and is very scenic, it was the 21st november this year, always the end of November and only about two hundred runners, if you can do this one you can do any marathon its well worht the challenge.
Posted: 23/11/2010 at 11:55

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