UK Marathon Calendar 2011

With dozens of races around the UK, you're sure to find something to suit in our annual UK marathon calendar


Posted: 7 March 2011

Runners tackle the Great Welsh Marathon

Whether you want to make this the year to tackle your first marathon, or if you're a seasoned competitor looking for a new challenge, bookmark this ultimate guide to the UK's finest marathons.

Soak up panoramic views of some of Britain's most stunning scenery in events like the Team Strides Lochaber Marathon (April 10) or the North Devon AONB Marathon (June 26) - or try out new events including the Richmond Park Marathon (May 15) or the Centurion North Downs Way Marathon (August 13).

With dozens of races taking place all over the UK, from Cornwall to Loch Ness, our Marathon Calendar will help you discover the race that's right for you.

MARCH

Steyning Stinger Marathon
When: March 6 Where: West Sussex 2010 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... conquering tough climbs; spectacular views of the South Downs; trail races; free post-race meals.

Bedford Clanger Marathon
When: March 13 Where: Bedfordshire  2010 Rating: 88%
Run this race if you like... trail racing; self-navigation; running through open countryside; raising money for charity.

Duchy Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When:
March 13  Where: Cornwall  2010 Rating: 88%
Run this race if you like..
. a pre-race pasta party; stunning sea views; great camaraderie; hills; taking part in Britain's second oldest marathon; hot pasties at the finish.

Cotswold Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 20 Where: Gloucestershire 2010 Rating: 73%
Run this if you like... exploring picturesque Cotswold villages; tackling tough hills; practising pacing over a three-lap route.

Jurassic Coast 3-Day Challenge 78.6
When: March 25 Where: Dorset 2010 Rating: none (100% in 2009)
Run this if you like... multi-day events; a mix of terrain from mud to sand; hills galore; exploring the Jurassic Coast; communal meals.

Brighton Trail Marathon

When: March 27 Where: East Sussex 2010 Rating: 86%
Run this if you like... scenic running over the South Downs; steep hills and muddy fields; being part of a friendly crowd; pushing past 26.2 miles (just).

APRIL

Caythorpe Canter 26
When: April 2 Where: Lincolnshire 2010 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like... testing legs over a mix of road, trail and off-road terrain; discovering rural Lincolnshire; hills.

Sussex Marathon
When: April 3 Where: East Sussex 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... chasing through Sussex villages and along scenic countryside roads; team relay challenges; spot prizes.

The Bath Beat 26.5
When: April 9 Where: Somerset 2010 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... tasty food spreads at checkpoints; a route that reverses every year; mingling with walkers; multi-terrain at its best.

Brighton Marathon
When: April 10 Where: East Sussex 2010 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... charging along the famous seafront; taking part in the UK 's third largest marathon; flat racing; great crowd support.

Bungay Marathon
When: April 10 Where: Suffolk 2010 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... a hilly first half; good local support; two-lap events; having your own supplies at checkpoints.

Great Welsh Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 10 Where: Carmarthenshire 2010 Rating: 83%
Run this if you like... soaking up views of the Llanelli coastline; a fast and traffic free course; spot prizes.

Team Strides Lochaber Marathon
When: April 10 Where: Highland 2010 Rating: no rating in 2010 (88% in 2009)
Run this if you like... competing for more than 60 prizes on offer; superb Highlands scenery; out-and-back routes; flat, fast races. 

Virgin London Marathon
When: April 17 Where: London 2010 Rating: 89%
Run this if you like: taking part in the UK's largest marathon; soaking up the sights of London; charity races.

MAY

North Dorset Village Marathon
When: May 1 Where: Dorset 2010 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like... dashing through quiet West Country lanes; leaving your own supplies at checkpoints; friendly, local races; relays.

Three Forts Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 1 Where: Wiltshire 2010 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... tackling 3,450ft of ascent; off-road running; joining a small field.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Neolithic Marathon
When: May 1 Where: Wiltshire 2010 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... looking out for Stonehenge; enjoying the sweeping scenery of the Salisbury Plain; cross-country running; mud and hills. 

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon
When: May 8 Where: Warwickshire 2010 Rating: 78%
Run this if you like... chip-timing; great crowd support; cooling off with sponges and hoses; mixing up town and rural racing in Stratford.

Halstead and Essex Marathon
When: May 8 Where: Essex 2010 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like... friendly marshals; personalised drinks; sports massage; country lanes.

Orpington Mara*fun
When: May 14 Where: Kent 2010 Rating: 70%
Run this if you like... local, charity races; low-key events; a mix of suburbia and greenery.

Settle Saunter
When: May 14 Where: North Yorkshire 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... picturesque cross-country racing across the Yorkshire Dales; a hot meal post-race; hills; mingling with walkers.

The Rhondda Rollercoaster
When: May 14 Where: Rhondda Cynon Taff 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... tackling approximately 5,000ft of ascent; exploring the epic Rhondda Valley; joining a long-distance walking field.

Welsh Coastal 100km Ultra
When: May 14  Where: Isle of Anglesey 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... coastal path running; undulating terrain.

Druridge Bay Marathon
When: May 15 Where: Northumberland 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... local, club races; low-key events; lapping Druridge Bay Country Park and its varied terrain of woodland, meadow and sand.

Richmond Park Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 15 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... running in the Royal Parks; race memorabilia; a small field - its limited to 300 runners; trying out new events.

White Peak Marathon
When: May 21 Where: Derbyshire 2010 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... off-road, point-to-point racing; steep downhill finishes; spectator friendly events; canal path routes.

Brathay Windermere Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 22 Where: Cumbria 2010 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like... chip-timing; a gauntlet of hills; views over Lake Windemere; woodland running; frequent drinks stations.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
When: May 22 Where: Lothian 2010 Rating: 68%
Run this if you like... fast courses; touring historic Edinburgh, large crowds of runners; local support; also with a relay option.

Summer Liverbird Marathon Double
When: May 30 Where: Merseyside 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... ultra running; small, charity races.

JUNE

The Wales Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 5 Where: Pembrokeshire 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... coastline views; discovering Pembrokeshire's scenic National Park; great local support; a few hills; traffic-free racing

South Downs Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 11 Where: Hampshire 2010 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... running through White Ways Country Park and Arundel Castle; wave-system starts; friendly races; with a relay option.

The Trionium Picnic Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 18 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: not rated (98% in 2009)
Run this if you like... racing on rough tracks; tough courses with 6,000ft of ascent; communal picnics post-race; small fields.

Cheltenham Circular Challenge
When: June 19 Where: Gloucestershire 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... Cotswold valleys and villages; hills; camaraderie; walking or running; a mix of terrain.

Colworth Marathon Challenge **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 24 Where: Bedfordshire 2010 Rating: 96%
Run this if you like... a carnival atmosphere; multi-day events; hills; trail running; local races.

The Holly Challenge
When: June 25 Where: Shropshire 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... joining a fleet of club runners; a small field - 25 runners.

North Devon AONB Marathon
When: June 26 Where: Devon 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... exploring the British coastline; steep inclines; a variety of terrain; charity races; cream tea treats.

JULY

Lakeland Trails Marathon
When: July 3 Where: Cumbria 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... running off-road in the Lake District on a complete circuit of Coniston Water; joining walkers.

Chichester Challenge Runs **ENTER ONLINE**
When: July 10 Where: West Sussex 2010 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like... a team challenge; touring the historic Goodwood Estate; a variety of terrain; free sports massage.

St Jo's Charity Ekiden Marathon Relay
When: July 10 Where: Suffolk 2010 Rating: 100% (2005)
Run this if you like... relay races; flat, fast courses; charity races.

Fairlands Valley Challenge Marathon
When: July 17 Where: Hertfordshire 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... multi-terrain marathons; map reading; checkpoints stocked with delicious foodstuffs; a free BBQ; with an ultra option.

AUGUST

Centurion North Downs Way Marathon
When: August 13 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... 2,500ft of ascent; racing over the stunning North Downs on tracks and trails; competing in a small field; trying new events.

Salclear Isle of Man Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: August 14 Where: Isle of Man 2010 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... two laps of island running; prizes galore; chip timing; friendly races; stadium finishes; free buffets.

SEPTEMBER

Kent Coastal Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 4 Where: Kent 2010 Rating: 88%
Run this if you like... sea views; leaving your headphones at home; prizes galore.

Moray Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 4 Where: Moray 2010 Rating: 77%
Run this if you like...
Scottish coastal views; dolphin and whale watching en route; gently undulating races; joining a small field of runners.

Birmingham Canal Canter
When: September 10 Where: West Midlands 2010 Rating: 96%
Run this if you like... self-navigation; flat racing along a canal network; checkpoints stocked with food and drinks; a hot meal at the finish.

Yorkshireman Off-Road Marathon
When: September 11 Where: West Yorkshire 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... a muddy, off-road adventure; hot food at the finish; hills.

Bacchus Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 11 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like... tearing around England's largest vineyard; wine tasting; fancy dress; a free BBQ; trail racing. 

Dunstable Downs Marathon Challenge **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 11 Where: Bedfordshire 2010 Rating: 84%
Run this if you like... rural trail runs; self-navigation; a variety of terrain; friendly races

Experian Robin Hood Marathon
When: September 11 Where: Nottinghamshire 2010 Rating: 86%
Run this if you like... a mix of city and rural running; a bustling race village; a large field of runners; a relay option.

Green Chain Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 18 Where: Kent 2010 Rating: 84%
Run this if you like... following the Thames; going off-road; exploring south-east London; self-navigation; hills.

The Farnham Pilgrim **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 18 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like... following the North Downs Way; hard-earned views across the Surrey Hills; friendly races; historic routes.

Great Langdale Marathon
When: September 25 Where: Cumbria 2010 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... prizes galore; racing through stunning Lake District scenery; tough, hilly challenges; a lively race village.

OCTOBER

Where Ravens Dare
When: October 1 Where: Gwent 2010 Rating: not rated in 2010
Run this if you like... exploring open moorland and ancient woodlands; soaking up views over the Beacons; hills; a small field of runners.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
When: October 2 Where: Highlands 2010 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like... running along the shores of the world's most famous loch; hot grub after the race; a festival atmosphere.

Mablethorpe Marathon
When: October 2 Where: Lincolnshire 2010 Rating: 89%
Run this if you like... exploring a delightful mix of quaint villages, coastline and countryside; friendly marshals; PB potential.

Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon
When: October 2 Where: Channel Islands 2010 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like... rolling countryside and pretty green lanes; a relay option; excellent crowd support.

Eden Project Marathon
When: October 9 Where: Cornwall 2010 Rating: 93%
Run this if you like... cantering through the Cornish countryside with a final lap around the Eden project; hills; pasties and beer at the finish.

MBNA Chester Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 9 Where: Cheshire 2010 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like... taking on a race with PB potential; a stadium finish; exploring the historic city of Chester and its countryside lanes; large crowds.

The 55th Isle of Wight Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 9 Where: Isle of Wight 2010 Rating: 62%
Run this if you like... taking part in Britain's longest continuously run marathon; hills; sea breezes; personalised drinks; friendly, local races.

Abingdon Marathon
When: October 16 Where: Oxfordshire 2010 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... a speedy start and finish at an athletics track; flat, road races; chip-timing; a scenic route along the Thames and through small villages.

Dartmoor Vale Marathon
When: October 16 Where: Devon 2010 Rating: 73%
Run this if you like... hills; two laps of scenic, countryside racing; local, charity chases.

Spires & Steeples Challenge 26
When: October 16 Where: Lincolnshire 2010 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like... orienteering; spotting small villages as you speed through the heart of Lincolnshire's countryside; mingling with walkers; trail running.  

Beachy Head Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 22 Where: East Sussex 2010 Rating: 98%
Run this if you like... chasing along the cliffs over the Seven Sisters and by Beachy Head; fell running; chip-timing.

Trionium Greensand Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 23 Where: Surrey 2010 Rating: 98%
Run this if you like... taking on one of Britain's most popular marathons; muddy, off-road racing; a vertical mile in ascent and descent; a cooked breakfast.

Brentwood Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 30 Where: Essex 2010 Rating: 85%
Run this if you like... practising pacing over multiple laps of scenic Weald Country Park; hills; a small field of runners.

Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
When: October 30 Where: Tyne & Wear 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... prizes galore; traffic free, flat races; five laps on good footpaths through and around Newcastle's historic town moor.

NOVEMBER

Rutland Water Marathon
When: November 6 Where: Rutland 2010 Rating: 83%
Run this if you like... running through a European Special Protection Area (home to over 20,000 waterfowl); taking to the trails.

The A20 Path 'n Downs Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: November 20 Where: Kent 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... hills; road running; trying out new events; excellent race HQs; chip-timing.

Luton Marathon
When: November 20 Where: Bedfordshire 2010 Rating: 76% (2009)
Run this if you like: team relays; a mix of town and countryside running; chip-timing.

DECEMBER

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: December 18 Where: Hampshire 2010 Rating: new to RW
Run this if you like... seaside running; mixed terrain; a small field of runners; friendly races.


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.


Previous article
Pocket Race Guide - Easter Bank Holiday Races
Next article
Races of the Year 2010: PB Potential

 
TwitterStumbleUponFacebookDiggRedditGoogle

Discuss this article

9th Oct Liverpool marathon?
Posted: 09/03/2011 at 09:59

Are you looking for a thread or is this a public service announcement?

Thread.

Come and say hello!


Posted: 09/03/2011 at 11:05

LIVERBIRD wrote (see)

Are you looking for a thread or is this a public service announcement?

The artical doesnt list the Liverpool Marathon
Posted: 09/03/2011 at 13:02

So it doesn't!

That's not very fair is it?


Posted: 09/03/2011 at 13:46

Hello folks,

We have limited ourselves, in the interests of resources and sanity, to the races which have RW listings. As soon as the eagerly-awaited Liverpool Mara is up on the site, it'll be up on this list!

Alice


Posted: 09/03/2011 at 14:41

Alan will be pleased about that Alice! He's planning on it being a biggie now he's got well over 7000 in the half marathon in two weeks time!
Posted: 09/03/2011 at 14:42

i think its a lot easier to sell half marathon entires than full ones

im doing chester, would have done liverpool as well if they hadnt clashed!


Posted: 09/03/2011 at 14:57

It's a pity about the clash TH but I think everyone wishes Chester well too and I hope they'll be able to do something about it next year. I still anticipate Liverpool getting big numbers for the marathon because it's got some unique features, such as the Mersey tunnel section! People like that stuff...
Posted: 09/03/2011 at 15:00

Alice - presumably the absence of a site listing is also the reason why Kielder, also on October 9th, isn't on this list - despite the fulsome praise heaped upon it in the mag before Christmas?

Edit - cancel that explanation.  Keilder is in the race directory but not on the list.  Anglesey and Snowdonia, however, do seem to be missing from both?


Posted: 09/03/2011 at 16:10

Why does this site always ignore the Snowdonia Marathon.

It's on Sat. 29th October for anyone interested.

More info here, http://www.snowdoniamarathon.co.uk 


Posted: 12/03/2011 at 14:10

We'd love you to add a comment! Please login or take half a minute to register as a free member

Smart Coach
Free, fully-personalized training plans, designed to suit your racing goals and your lifestyle.