RW’s Top 100 UK Races of the Year: Marathons

  • The numbers in brackets are last year's position; the times are last year's men's and women's winning times
  • If we've been given an event's details, you'll find it in the Race Diary.

Not surprisingly a clear winner here, but a competitive battle for the next couple of places, with Robin Hood’s size (despite a few organisational problems) just inching it ahead of the smaller, but more scenic, Lochaber.

1 Flora London Marathon (1) 2:07:11/2:23:57
The greatest race in the world? Probably
2002 date: April 14

2 Experian Robin Hood Marathon (6) 2:35:43/2:54:15
Britain’s second-best city marathon is quick and scenic
2002 date: September 15

3 Lochaber Team Strides Marathon (7) 2:32:20/3:03:20
Quick, scenic and spacious – if remote
2002 date: April 28

4 New Forest Marathon (10) 2:36:25/2:58:57
An attractive route through the forest helps boost this race
2002 date: September

5 Afford Rent-a-car Potteries Marathon (8) 2:30:59/3:10:19
Traditionally Britain’s top summer marathon
2002 date: June 16

6 AzcoNobel Abingdon Marathon (11) 2:32:39/2:55:40
A quick autumn event over a rural Oxfordshire course
2002 date: October

7 Dublin Marathon (4) 2:14:03/2:35:40
The British Isles’ second-biggest marathon is a growing city event
2002 date: October

8 Sheffield Westfield Marathon (5) 2:30:17/3:06:47
A solid London alternative on a fairly tough two-lap course
2002 date: April 28

9 Belfast Marathon (9) 2:26:00/2:56:05
Northern Ireland’s top race over a quickish town course
2002 date: May 6

10 Manchester Marathon (5) 2:25:23/2:51:26
Point-to-point city marathon that took a dip in 2001 on new course
2002 date: October

11 Snowdonia Marathon (14) 2:37:14/3:12:13
A very tough course through mountainous North Wales
2002 date: October 27

12 Blackpool Asics Marathon 2:37:38/3:16:52
A very fast seaside summer marathon
2002 date: June 23

13 Leeds Marathon (12) 2:36:20/3:01:40
Quite a tough city-based, two-lap event
2002 date: May 6

14 Shakespeare Marathon 2:28:24/3:25:29
Attractive rural event passing through Stratford Upon Avon
2002 date: April 21

15 Harrow Kodak Marathon 2:33:19/2:59:05
A two-lap marathon held for the last time in 2001
2002 date: November (now a half-marathon only)

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