UK Marathon Calendar 2012

Whether 2012 is the year you'll be taking your first or fiftieth marathon, our list of UK marathons will help you find the perfect event.

Join a fleet of runners for a fast, city race in events like the Greater Manchester Marathon (April 29) or the Liverpool Marathon, or step up to an offroad adventure with the muddy Trionium Greensand Marathon (October 21) or the superbly scenic North Devon AONB Marathon 2012 (June 24).

With dozens of races taking place the length and breadth of the UK, from Loch Ness to the Isle of Wight, we’ll help you discover the perfect marathon challenge.

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. If you want your event to be included, add your listing here.

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February

Pictured race: Heartbreak Marathon

Endurancelife CTS South Devon

When: February 18 Where: Devon 2011 Rating: none (98% on 2010)
Run this if you like… trail racing; stunning sea views; hills; spot prizes.

Cotswold Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: February 19 Where: Gloucestershire 2011 Rating: 70%
Run this if you like… exploring the Cotswolds countryside; pacing over a three-lap route; taking on tough hills.

Heartbreak Marathon
When: February 26 Where: Hampshire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… exploring the New Forest; a mix of terrain from tarmac to tracks; hills; joining a fun running festival.

March

Pictured race: AdventureHub Exmoor Coastal Ultra (picture credit: Anne-Marie Rowntree)

Cambridge Boundary Run **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 4 Where: Cambridge 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… flat, fast racing; a mix of terrain from fields to footpaths; low-key events.

Steyning Stinger Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 4 Where: West Sussex 2011 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like… a tough, hilly challenge; breathtaking views of the South Downs; free post-race meals; trail running; race photos.

Blackpool Marathon 2012 **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 11 Where: Lancashire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… flat, fast racing; taking in Blackpool’s tourist hotspots; a mix of town and rural racing.

AdventureHub Exmoor Coastal Ultra
When: March 17 Where: Somerset 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… taking on tough hills; stunning sea views; following the South West Coast Path; low-key events; woodland trails.

Votwo Jurassic Coast 3-Day Challenge 78.6
When: March 23 Where: Dorset 2011 Rating: 93%
Run this if you like… a mix of terrain from mud to sand; hills galore; a choice of marathon routes; tasty food spreads at checkpoints; exploring the Jurassic coastline.

Endurancelife CTS Sussex
When: March 24 Where: East Sussex 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… stunning sea views; trail running; taking on tough hills.

Claire House Excalibur Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: March 31 Where: Flintshire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… taking on 4,600 ft of ascent; tough, offroad running; tasty food spreads at checkpoints; free post-race meals; mingling with walkers.

April

Pictured race: Virgin London Marathon

Sussex Marathon

When: April 1 Where: East Sussex 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… hills galore; a scenic run in rolling countryside.

Broadmeadow Good Friday Off Road Challenge
When: April 6 Where: Warwickshire 2011 Rating: none 
Run this if you like…  offroad running; low-key events; a mix of town and rural running; a small field – 50 runners.

Northampton Run Fest Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 8 Where: Northampton 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… woodland trails; a varied route taking in Delepre Abbey, its picturesque lake and historic gardens; a small field – 100 runners.

The Hull Marathon
When: April 8 Where: East Yorkshire 2011 Rating: none 
Run this if you like… traffic-free races; a large crowd of runners; excellent spectator support; city running; a team relay option.

Caythorpe Canter 13 & 26
When: April 14 Where: Lincolnshire 2011 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like… taking on a hilly challenge; mingling with walkers; trails and offroad running; discovering rural Lincolnshire.

Endurancelife CTS Exmoor
When: April 14 Where: Devon 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a varied race within Exmoor National Park taking in rivers, coastline and open moorland; trail running; hills galore.

The Bath Beat
When: April 14 Where: Bath 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… tasty food spreads at checkpoints; a varied route on trails and towpaths; mingling with walkers.

Bungay Marathon
When: April 15 Where: Suffolk 2011 Rating: 78%
Run this if you like… good local support; two-lap events; having your own supplies at checkpoints; a hilly challenge.

Great Welsh Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 15 Where: Carmarthenshire 2011 Rating: 90%
Run this if you like… stunning sea views; two-lap events; a fast, traffic-free course; spectator-friendly events.

Team Strides 29th Lochaber Marathon
When: April 15 Where: Highland 2011 Rating: 86%
Run this if you like… flat, fast races; exploring the Highland’s superb scenery; out-and-back routes; competing for a wide range of prizes.

The Brighton Marathon
When: April 15 Where: East Sussex 2011 Rating: 91%
Run this if you like… dashing along the famous seafront; taking part in one of the UK’s most popular races; excellent spectator support.

Worcester Marathon 2012 **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 15 Where: Worcestershire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… dashing through picture-postcard villages; a fast, downhill finish; rural racing at its best.

Virgin London Marathon
When: April 22 Where: London 2011 Rating: 94% 
Run this if you like… taking part in the UK's largest marathon; soaking up the sights of London; charity races; inspiring crowd support.

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 29 Where: Warwickshire 2011 Rating: 81%
Run this if you like… chip-timing; excellent camaraderie; a mix of town and rural running.

Greater Manchester Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 29 Where: Greater Manchester 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a fast, traffic-free course; excellent camaraderie; free pacing; joining a large fleet of runners.

Milton Keynes Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: April 29 Where: Buckinghamshire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… flat, fast racing; speedy stadium finishes; a mix of town and rural racing; new events.

May

Pictured race: White Peak Marathon (picture credit: Matlock AC)

Marathon RelayGB

When: May 4 Where: London 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… unusual challenges; charity events; running in a team.

Sussex Living Marathon Weekend **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 5 Where: West Sussex 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… notching up 26.2 miles over a weekend; a lively race HQ with entertainment; point-to-point running.

Heritage Coast Fun Run/Marathon
When: May 6 Where: Suffolk 2011 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like…  pacing a three-lap route; stunning sea views; varied terrain; charity chases.

North Dorset Village Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 6 Where: Dorset 2011 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like… dashing through quiet West Country lanes; well-stocked checkpoints; excellent spectator support.

Sarsen Trail & Neolithic Marathon
When: May 6 Where: Wiltshire 2011 Rating: 92% in 2010
Run this if you like… a mix of terrain from grasslands to farm tracks; exploring the glorious Salisbury Plain and Avon Valley, mingling with walkers and cyclists.

Three Forts Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 6 Where: West Sussex  2011 Rating: 88%
Run this if you like… 3,450ft of ascent; trail running; exploring the South Downs; relay races; chip-timing.

Orpington Mara*fun **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 12 Where: Kent 2011 Rating: 77%
Run this if you like… low-key events; a few hills en route; charity chases; a mix of suburbia and greenery.

The Rhondda Rollercoaster
When: May 12 Where: Rhondda Cynon Taff 2011 Rating: 87%
Run this if you like… a hilly challenge; mingling with walkers; tackling 5,000ft of ascent; exploring the scenic Rhondda valleys of South Wales.

Halstead & Essex Marathon
When: May 13 Where: Essex 2011 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like… scenic, countryside chases; personalised drinks; sports massage; excellent camaraderie.

White Peak Marathon and Half-Marathon
When: May 19 Where: Derbyshire 2011 Rating: 89%
Run this if you like… offroad running; canal towpaths; spectator-friendly events; point-to-point races.

Brathay Windermere Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 20 Where: Cumbria 2011 Rating: 98%
Run this if you like… a gauntlet of hills; woodland running; a carnival atmosphere at race HW; stunning Lake Windermere views.

Druridge Bay Marathon
When: May 20 Where: Northumberland 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a marathon race series; a mix of terrain from woodland to sand; multiple laps.

Richmond Park Marathon 2012 **ENTER ONLINE**
When: May 20 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like… dashing through a glorious Royal Park; a small field – 250 runners; trail running.

AdventureHub Welsh Coastal Ultra
When: May 26 Where: Isle of Anglesey 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… stunning sea views; tackling a few tough hills en route; a mix of terrain including track and trail.

Edinburgh Marathon 2012
When: May 27 Where: Lothian 2011 Rating: 49%
Run this if you like… taking on a relay challenge; joining a large fleet of runners; exploring historic Edinburgh; a carnival atmosphere at race HQ.

EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay
When: May 27 Where: Lothian 2011 Rating: 49%
Run this if you like… taking on a relay challenge; joining a large fleet of runners; exploring historic Edinburgh; a carnival atmosphere at race HQ.

June

Pictured race: South Downs Marathon (picture credit: www.philoconnor.com)

South Downs Marathon
**ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 9 Where: Hampshire 2011 Rating: 91%
Run this if you like… trail running; point-to-point races; wave-system starts; exploring the stunning South Downs.

South Downs Relay Marathon
When: June 9 Where: West Sussex 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… relay races; trail running; point-to-point races; a hilly challenge; exploring the stunning South Downs.

Strathearn Marathon
When: June 10 Where: Comrie, Perth and Kinross 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… exploring beautiful Perthshire; dashing along quiet country lanes; a hilly challenge; taking on new events.

The Wales Marathon (WITH CLOSED ROADS!!)
When: June 10 Where: Pembrokeshire 2011 Rating: 75%
Run this if you like… traffic-free racing; a pasta party; exploring Pembrokeshire’s scenic National Park; stunning sea views.

The Holly Challenge
When: June 16 Where: Shropshire 2011 Rating: 97% in 2009
Run this if you like… a small field – 25 runners; pacing over multiple laps; a post-race BBQ.

Karrimor Great Trail Challenge Marathon
When: June 17 Where: Cumbria 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a gauntlet of hills; trail running; multiple laps.

Colworth Marathon Challenge **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 22 Where: Bedfordshire 2011 Rating: 88%
Run this if you like… multi-day events; free camping; trail running; excellent camaraderie.

The Trionium Picnic Marathon
When: June 23 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: 100%
Run this if you like… a gauntlet of tough hills; more than 6,000ft of ascent; rugged offroad terrain.

Trail Marathon Wales
When: June 23 Where: Gwynedd 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… trail running; a hilly challenge; breathtaking scenery as you tear through the Coed y Brenin forest in the Snowdonia National Park.

Cheltenham Circular Challenge
When: June 24 Where: Gloucestershire 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… a mix of terrain; dashing through picture-postcard villages and glorious Cotswold countryside; point-to-point chases.

Lancaster Castle Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: June 24 Where: Lancashire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… new events.

North Devon AONB Marathon 2012
When: June 24 Where: Devon 2011 Rating: 98% 
Run this if you like… offroad running; stunning sea views; a hilly challenge; cream tea treats at the finish

July

Pictured race: Lakeland Trails Marathon (picture credit: www.lakelandtrails.org)

Boddington Marathon

When: July 1 Where: Gloucestershire 2011 Rating: 67%
Run this if you like… flat, fast running; dashing along country lanes; pacing multiple laps.

Hamsterley Forest Marathon
When: July 1 Where: Durham 2011 Rating: none 
Run this if you like… trail running; taking on a marathon race series; a small field –100 runners.

Lakeland Trails Marathon
When: July 1 Where: Cumbria 2011 Rating: 93%
Run this if you like… offroad running; lapping scenic Coniston Water in the Lake District; a lively race HQ to entertain friends and family.

Over the Edge Marathon
When: July 8 Where: Shropshire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… trail running; low-key events; a mix of terrain from woodland to farmland; exploring the scenic Shropshire countryside.

Ryan Insurance Group Ekiden Marathon
When: July 15 Where: Suffolk 2011 Rating: 100% in 2005
Run this if you like… flat, fast running; trail running; team relay challenges.

Broadmeadow Runs Ilmington Cotswolds Marathon
When: July 21 Where: Warwickshire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… trail running; low-key events; a hilly challenge; rural running.

Salclear Isle of Man Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: July 22 Where: Isle of Man 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… great camaraderie; chip-timing; dashing along quiet country lanes; tucking into a free buffet lunch.

August

AdventureHub Northumberland Coast Marathon
When: August 4 Where: Northumberland 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a gauntlet of tough hills; exploring the glorious Northumberland National Park; a small field - 100 runners.

The Thames Meander
When: August 25 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… dashing along the Thames towpath; out-and-back routes; low-key events.

September

Pictured race: Bacchus Marathon

Moray Marathon
**ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 2 Where: Moray 2011 Rating: 100% 
Run this if you like… excellent camaraderie; stunning sea views; catching a glimpse of dolphins en route; tucking into a free post-race lunch.

Bacchus Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 9 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: 97%
Run this if you like… exploring England's largest vineyard; wine tasting; fancy dress; trail running; a post-race BBQ.

Green Chain Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 16 Where: Kent 2011 Rating: 70%
Run this if you like… self-navigation; exploring London’s Green Chain Walk; a hilly challenge. 

The Farnham Pilgrim, Marathon & Half-Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: September 16 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: 89%
Run this if you like… discovering the scenic North Downs Way; stunning views across the Surrey Hills; offroad running; charity chases.

27 Kinder Challenge
When: September 24 Where: London 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… joining a charity challenge; city running.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running
When: September 30 Where: Highland 2011 Rating: 95% 
Run this if you like… dashing along the shores of the world's most famous loch, discovering stunning Highland scenery; pre-race pasta party; lively race HQ.

October

Pictured race: The 56th Isle of Wight Marathon

Where Ravens Dare

When: October 6 Where: Gwent 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… dashing through open moorland and ancient woodlands; mingling with walkers; tucking into a post-race lunch.

MBNA Chester Marathon 2012
When: October 7 Where: Cheshire 2011 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like…  a fun stadium start and finish; a race packed with PB potential; a mix of town and rural running in historic Chester.

Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon
When: October 7 Where: Channel Islands 2011 Rating: none 
Run this if you like… joining a large fleet of runners; a mix of town and rural running; excellent spectator-support.

The 56th Isle of Wight Marathon
**ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 7 Where: Isle of Wight 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… a hilly challenge; stunning sea views; taking part in a long-established race.

AdventureHub Norfolk Coastal Ultra
When: October 13 Where: Norfolk 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a tough race with an energy-sapping beach stretch; multiple laps; free camping; excellent camaraderie.

Leicester Marathon
When: October 14 Where: Leicestershire 2011 Rating: 80%
Run this if you like… a varied course through the city and countryside; chip-timing; mingling with half-marathoners; an undulating route.

Liverpool Marathon
When: October 14 Where: Liverpool 2011 Rating: 92%
Run this if you like… entertainment en route; joining a large field of runners; excellent camaraderie; touring Liverpool’s tourist hotspots.

Abingdon Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 21 Where: Oxfordshire 2011 Rating: 95%
Run this if you like… chip-timing; flat, fast racing; dashing through quaint villages; a fun stadium start and finish.

Trionium Greensand Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 21 Where: Surrey 2011 Rating: 96%
Run this if you like… muddy, offroad running; a vertical mile in ascent and decent; personalised technical tee; a post-race cooked breakfast.

Beachy Head Marathon
When: October 27 Where: East Sussex 2011 Rating: 94%
Run this if you like… fell running; more than 3,500ft of ascent; gates, stiles and steps en route; chip-timing.

Snowdonia Marathon
When: October 27 Where: Gwynedd 2011 Rating: 99%
Run this if you like… a hilly challenge; excellent camaraderie; breathtaking scenery.

Brentwood Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 28 Where: Essex 2011 Rating: 86%
Run this if you like… pacing over multiple laps; dashing through scenic Weald Country Park; a hilly challenge.

Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
When: October 28 Where: Tyne & Wear 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like…  multiple laps; fast, flat races; taking on a marathon race series; a small field – 200 runners.

Newport Marathon Off Road Race
When: October 28 Where: Gwent 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… a varied route through the town and along the River Usk; a small field of runners.

Preston Guild Marathon **ENTER ONLINE**
When: October 28 Where: Lancashire 2011 Rating: none
Run this if you like… joining in a year of Preston celebrations; a mix of town and rural running; traffic-free racing.

November

Pictured race: The A20 Path 'n Downs Marathon and Half Marathon

The A20 Path 'n Downs Marathon and Half Marathon

When: November 18 Where: Kent 2011 Rating: 78% 
Run this if you like… dashing along quiet country lanes; a hilly challenge; excellent camaraderie; chip-timing.

Pictured race: The Holly Winter Challenge (picture credit: Claire Aston, www.cdrc.co.uk)

The Holly Winter Challenge (aka The Sunrise to Sunset Challenge)

When: December 27 Where: 2011 Rating: 93% in 2010
Run this if you like… a small field – 25 runners; multiple laps; low-key events.

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. If you want your event to be included, add your listing here.