UK Marathon Calendar 2013

Whether 2013 is the year you'll be completing your first or fiftieth marathon, our list of UK marathons will help you find the perfect event for you.

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

Have we missed any?

We'll update this list as more events are confirmed on our event listings but please do get in touch if you spot any omissions. If you want your event to be included, add your listing here.


January

Liverbird Marathon Double Day 2

When: Tuesday 1 January Where: Liverpool, Merseyside 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… To celebrate the new year with like-minded running folk. A welcoming, small rural road run in the heart of Merseyside.

Endurancelife CTS Anglesey, 10K, Half, Marathon & Ultra

When: Saturday 19 January Where: Holyhead, Anglesey 2012 Rating: 94% Run this if you like… Early-morning running in a rural, hilly setting, complete with spot prizes and winners' prizes.            

Gloucester Marathon

When: Sunday, 20 January Where: Gloucester 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Flat, road running, featuring multiple laps. Medal and T-shirt included.                                                  

AdventureHub Yorkshire Ultra "Frostbite 50" 50M

When: Saturday, 26 January Where: Whitby Abbey, Whitby 2012 Rating: 93% Run this if you like… Rural and hilly running on a varied course, with coastal path, cycleway, as well as some pavement and moors.                                                             

February

Endurancelife CTS South Devon 10K, Half, Marathon & Ultra

When:  Saturday, 9 February Where: Beesands, Devon 2012 Rating: 98% Run this if you like… Trail running amid a rural, hilly setting.

Heartbreak Marathon

When: Sunday 24 February Where: Godshill, Fordingbridge 2012 Rating: 90% Run this if you like… the idea of running in the scenic New Forest. The first mile is on tarmac and then onto New Forest tracks to run laps along a ridge. A couple of short sharp hills feature, but the view from the top is great.                

March

Endurancelife CTS Northumberland 10K, Half, Marathon & Ultra

When: Saturday, 2 March Where: Bamburgh, Northumberland 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Point to point trail running on a rural, flat track. Medal, T-shirt and spot prizes available.

Ras Dewi Sant - Coastal Path Marathon

When: Saturday, 2 March Where: St David's, Pembrokeshire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Coastal and multi-terrain running in a rural setting concluded with a run through the splendid Cathedral City of St David's.                                                                                                                            

Cambridge Boundary Run 2013

When:  Sunday, 3 March Where: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Flat, city running. A one-lap run following the approximate boundary of the city, with a bus provided back to the start.                                                                                                                   

Pitsford Water Marathon

When: Sunday, 3 March Where: Brixworth, Northamptonshire 2012 Rating: New to RW. Run this if you like… To try a new charity event. Multi-terrain, with four laps of a flat and undulating course.    

Steyning Stinger Marathon

When: Sunday, 3 March Where: Steyning, West Sussex 2012 Rating: 96% Run this if you like… Hills. "A hilly beast," says one of our forum members, and this being South Downs territory, you're promised just that.

Bolton Hill Marathon

When:  Sunday, 10 March Where: Bolton, Greater Manchester 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… A challenge, since it is one of the toughest marathons in the UK, with a total ascent of 2,997 feet.

AdventureHub Exmoor Coastal Ultra 40M

When: Saturday, 16 March Where: Minehead, Somerset 2012 Rating: 80% Run this if you like… Stunning coastline, with frequent ascents.

Endurancelife CTS Sussex - 10K, Half, Mara & Ultra

When:  Saturday, 23 March Where: Eastbourne, East Sussex 2012 Rating: 89% Run this if you like… Trail running. One lap of hilly rural running, with medals, T-shirts, spot prizes and winners' prizes.

The Montane Ultra Trail 26M Rivington

When: Sunday, 24 March Where: Bolton, Lancashire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… A challenge. It includes some hard climbing and moorland can be boggy underfoot. It’ll certainly be one to remember.                                                                                                            

Broad Meadow Good Friday Off Road Challenge

When: Friday, 29 March Where: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Flat, town and rural running. One lap, winners' prizes and memento.                       

Northampton Run Fest Marathon

When: Sunday, 31 March Where: Northampton, Northamptonshire 2012 Rating: 80% Run this if you like… A mix of beautiful forest trails and picturesque lake views, a stunning off-road loop running past the front of Delepre Abbey.            

Photo: Northampton Run Fest Marathon                                                                        

April

The Bath Beat 26.5 (full for 2013)

When: Saturday, 6 April Where: Bath, Somerset 2012 Rating: 99% Run this if you like… Multi terrain, point-to-point rural running on an undulating route which goes into the countryside to the south and east of Bath.                                                                                                               

Blackpool Marathon

When:  Sunday, 7 April Where:  Blackpool, Lancashire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Charity running with great venue facilities. New venue for 2013. Starting at Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road Stadium and finishing within the stadium.                                                       

Sussex Marathon 2013

When: Sunday, 7 April Where: Heathfield, East Sussex 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Plenty of support. A scenic and challenging course - this 26 miler allegedly has the most elevation gain in any UK road marathon.                                                                                                    

Brighton Marathon 2013

When: Sunday, 14 April Where: Brighton, East Sussex 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Charity running, with large crowds and over 10,000 competitors.

Druridge Bay Marathon

When: Sunday, 14 April Where: Near Morpeth Northumberland, Northumberland 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like… Marathon tours. The first event in the North East Marathon Club's "Tour of Northumbria 2013" - four separate marathons in four separate scenic locations in the North East.

Endurancelife CTS Exmoor, 10K, Half, Mara & Ultra

When: Saturday, 13 April Where: Lynton, Devon 2012 Rating: 88% Run this if you like… One lap of rural trail running, on a hilly route. Medal, T-shirt, spot prizes and winners' prizes available.

Great Welsh Marathon

When: Sunday, 21 April Where: Llanelli, Dyfed 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Rural and flat road running in multiple laps. Medal, T-shirt and goody bag available.

Greater Manchester Marathon 

When: Sunday, 28 April Where: Old Trafford, Stretford 2012 Rating: Not yet rated. Run this if you like... the UK's flattest marathon, great crowd support, live entertainment at the finish line. 

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

When: Sunday, 28 April Where: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire 2012 Rating: 79% Run this if you like… Town and rural running amid flat and hilly terrain. Medals and winners' prizes available.

May

Bewl Water Marathon

When: Saturday, 4 May Where: Lamberhurst, Kent 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Off road running in quiet country lanes. The Bewl marathon is a picturesque and circular two-lap route around the reservoir trail.                                                                                             

Endurancelife CTS North Yorkshire Moors

When:  Saturday, 4 May Where: Weymouth, Dorset 2012 Rating: 82% Run this if you like… Trail, rural, hilly running, with medals, T-shirts and winners' prizes available.

Endurancelife CTS North Yorkshire Moors, 10K, Half, Marathon & Ultra

When: Saturday, 4 May Where: Whitby, North Yorkshire 2012 Rating: 82%. Run this if you like… Trail running amid the stunning North Yorkshire Moors.

Sussex Living Marathon Weekend

When: Saturday, 4 May Where: Burgess Hill, West Sussex 2012 Rating: 100% Run this if you like… Three different races on three days over the Bank Holiday weekend. The three races combined add up to 26.2 miles - the classic marathon distance. Races can be entered individually or as a three-race series.

North Dorset Village Marathon

When: Sunday, 5 May Where: Sturminster Newton, Dorset 2012 Rating: 98% Run this if you like… Road running since it's the only road marathon in Dorset. One lap, rural and flat.                                   

Richmond Park Marathon 2013

When: Sunday, 5 May Where: Richmond , Surrey 2012 Rating: 95% Run this if you like… Trail running in the Big City. The third Royal Parks Marathon in Richmond.

Three Forts Marathon

When: Sunday, 5 May Where: Worthing, West Sussex 2012 Rating: 89% Run this if you like… The idea of 'the tough one', as it’s known in South Downs. See three Iron Age forts: Cissbury Ring, Devil's Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring and climb 3,450 feet.                                                                    

Milton Keynes Marathon

When: Monday, 6 May Where: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 2012 Rating: 76% Run this if you like… A fast and surprisingly scenic course with an atmospheric stadium finish.             

The Rhondda Rollercoaster 26.5M

When: Saturday, 11 May Where: Pontypridd , Rhondda Cynon Taff 2012 Rating: 90% Run this if you like… A visually spectacular spring run, with 5,000 feet ascent in the famous Rhondda valleys of South Wales.      

Halstead & Essex Marathon

When: Sunday, 12 May Where: Halstead, Essex 2012 Rating: 94% Run this if you like… Rural road running, with multiple laps and an undulating route, with medals, T-shirts, trophies, goody bags and winners' prizes available.                                                        

Brathay Windermere Marathon

When: Sunday, 19 May Where: Ambleside, Cumbria 2012 Rating: 94% Run this if you like… A course which is a complete circuit of Windermere, England's largest lake. An undulating, hilly route.

Edinburgh Marathon 2013

When: Sunday, 26 May Where: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh 2012 Rating: 68% Run this if you like… Large marathons, with 15,000 competitors and with an overall elevation drop of almost 40m, the EMF has the fastest marathon route in the UK.                                                                                  

The Montane Ultra Trail 26M Howgills

When: Sunday, 26 May Where: Sedbergh, Cumbria 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Large grassy hills with steep and persistent climbs. The final event of the UltraTrail26 series in the Howgills.

June

Kent Roadrunner Marathon

When: Saturday, 1 June Where: Gravesend, Kent 2012 Rating: 94% Run this if you like…Tarmac running on a brand-new multi-million-pound multi-sport facility in North-West Kent.                                  

South Downs Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

When:  Saturday, 8 June Where: Petersfield, Hampshire 2012 Rating: 92% Run this if you like… Point to point rural trail running, with medals and T-shirts for all competitors.                                                    

South Downs Relay Marathon

When: Saturday, 8 June Where: Near Petersfield, West Sussex 2012 Rating: 91% Run this if you like…Relay running. With four runners per team - single sex or mixed - you'll run in the stunning setting of the South Downs.                                                                                                

Giants Head Marathon

When:  Saturday, 29 June Where: Sydling St.Nicholas, Dorset 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… A challenging, hilly but beautiful course running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys running around and under the famous Cerne Giant. T-shirt, medal and goody bag for all runners.                              
Midnight Mountain Marathon

When:  Saturday, 29 June Where: Talybont-on-Usk, Powys 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Running at dusk - you start at 5.30pm and have to be finished by midnight. Features one lap of rural, undulating and hilly multi-terrain.                                                                                                            

Coombe Abbey Run Fest Marathon

When: Sunday, 30 June Where:  Coventry, West Midlands 2012 Rating: 80% Run this if you like… A stunning off road loop running through wild flower meadow, a mix of beautiful trails and picturesque lake views.

July

The Andredsweald Circuit 26 

When: Monday, 8 July Where: Forest Row, East Sussex 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… A marathon which is not a race so much, more a long distance event which many runners (as well as walkers) enjoy for the scenery and cameraderie. Primarily off road, through Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas.

The Wales Marathon

When: Sunday, 14 July Where: Tenby, Pembrokeshire 2012 Rating: 80% Run this if you like… Road running (on closed roads). Features one lap of town and rural running, with medal and goody bag available.      

August

Northumberland Coast Marathon

When:  Sunday, 11 August Where: Alnmouth, Northumberland 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Coastal running. One of the UK's most scenic marathons, along the beautiful Northumberland Coast footpath involving sections of trail and beach.

Cheddar Gorge Marathon

When:  Sunday, 18 August Where: Alnmouth, Northumberland 2012 Rating: 60% Run this if you like… Super challenging terrain and breathtaking views. Part of the Cheddar Gorge Challenge including a 10K, half marathon and marathon. A family race in a great location. Bring a picnic!

Thames Meander Marathon

When: Saturday, 24 August Where: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey  2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… A mostly flat scenic trail marathon. From Kingston, through Richmond Park down to the Thames and along the Thames Path, to Putney Bridge out and back. Spectacular views all along the trail.

September

Bacchus Marathon

When: Sunday, 8 September Where: Dorking, Surrey 2012 Rating: 95% Run this if you like… Quaffing wine while running. With fancy dress, wine tasting every other mile, DJ at start and finish, a post race hog roast BBQ with a glass of wine/beer, the fourth running of this scenic, multi-terrain marathon explores the wonderful Surrey countryside.

The Farnham Pilgrim, Marathon & Half-Marathon

When: Sunday, 15 September Where: Farnham, Surrey 2012 Rating: 93% Run this if you like… A mainly off-road route, using the extensive footpaths and country lanes east of Farnham. It won 'Best New Event' in 2010 and was voted into the top 10 marathons that year by Runner's World readers. 

The Purbeck Marathon

When: Sunday, 15 September Where: Swanage 2012 Rating: 98% Run this if you like… Spectacular scenery. Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast has spectacular history, landscapes and views. The course features over 2,000 feet of climbs.

The Brutal Full Iron

When: Saturday, 21 September Where: Caernarfon, Gwynedd 2012 Rating: 100% Run this if you like… A full-distance triathlon including marathon run. Open water swim, road biking and rural trail running. 

Take on Nessie for the RNLI!

When: Monday, 30 September Where: Inverness, Highland 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Charity running in the Loch Ness Marathon with a charity assured place.

October

Bournemouth Marathon

When: Sunday, 6 October Where: Bournemouth, Hampshire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and a spectacular finish.

MBNA Chester Marathon

When: Sunday, 6 October Where: Chester, Cheshire 2012 Rating: 96% Run this if you like… To discover history while on the run. Chester is an international destination city with over 2,000 years of history. The route passes all Chester's iconic landmarks then heads out into the stunning countryside and villages of Cheshire and North Wales before returning to Chester along the River Dee for a spectacular racecourse finish.

Jersey Marathon

When: Sunday, 6 October Where: Jersey, Channel Islands 2012 Rating: 89% Run this if you like…  Combining town and rural running. One lap, multi-terrain, featuring a flat and undulating route.                  

Brentwood Marathon

When: Sunday, 27 October Where: Brentwood, Essex 2012 Rating: 85% Run this if you like… Running in a park setting. Multiple laps of a multiterrain, undulating and hilly route. Medal, T-shirt and winners' prizes available.

November

The Spooky Halloween Challenge 26.2M

When: Saturday, 2 November Where: Telford, Shropshire 2012 Rating: Not yet rated Run this if you like… Night running. The first ever Spooky Halloween Challenge, on the country lanes of Telford. Head torches are a must and fancy dress is encouraged.

The A20 Path 'n' Downs Marathon and Half Marathon

When: Sunday 17 November Where: Maidstone, Kent 2012 Rating: 73% Run this if you like… A hilly course in the heart of Kent. "Great scenery, great pitstops with jaffa cakes, flat coke, sweets, friendly marshals and a grub van at the end," says one of our forum members.