UK Best Marathons and Ultras


Liverbird Marathon Double-Liverpool
This amazing event is held on New Years Eve and New Years Day. That way you can finish and start a year with a marathon. Its four out and backs (10.5km each) on the Liverpool Eslanade. I really enjoyed the new years eve one on the last day of 2012, but I'm afraid I didnt back up for the New Years Day event!

Gloucester Marathon


Cotswold Marathon
, Gloucester-
The Cotswold Marathon is a winter night hike around Gloucester and over the Cotswold Hills.

High Peak Marathon, Derbyshire *Ultra
Located in Derbyshire's wild peak district, this is a trail run of 67.6km (42mile) night time run, starting at approx 11pm


Duchy Marathon, Cornwall,

Steyning Stinger Marathon, West Sussex

Cotswold Marathon, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire

Stanley Marathon, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
The weather and course combined make this one of the toughest marathons.


Grand Union Canal Ultra - Maundy Thursday-Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire *Ultra

Good Friday Marathon-Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Endurance Life Exmoor Marathon

Worcestor Marathon- Marathon and Half Marathon

Greater Manchester Marathon- Trafford- Britain's Fastest and Flattest Marathon

Bath Beat, Somerset

Blackpool Marathon, Lancashire

Taunton Marathon, Somerset

Combe Gibbet to Overton XC Race, Overton, Hampshire

Brighton Marathon

Bungay Black Dog Marathon, Suffolk

27th Team Strides Lochaber Marathon, Fort William, Scotland Highlands

Great Welsh Marathon, Carmarthenshire

The London Marathon
, England
One of the world's largest and most popular marathons, it is also the largest fund raising event in the world. The route passes some of London's most historic landmarks. Entry is on a ballot system and runners need to apply early for a place.

Three Peaks
This very popular mountain trail events follows a looped course that crosses the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire area.

Shakespeare Marathon- Stratford Upon Avon

Fellsman, North Yorkshire *Ultra
This tough race covers 98.2km or rugged moorland in Yorkshire.

Druridge Bay Marathon- Northumberland


Endurance Life Pembrokeshire Marathon
- Trail (10km, Half, Full, Ultra)

Suffolk Heritage Coast Run/Walk Marathon. Thorpeness, Suffolk

North Dorset Village Marathon

Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon, Wiltshire

Three Forts Marathon, Worthing , West Sussex

Belfast City Marathon, Ireland
This is Northern Island's largest marathon and takes runners through the east, west, north and south of Belfast. 

Halstead and Essex Marathon

Orpington Mara Fun- St Pauls Cray, Kent

Rhondda Rollercoaster- South Wales

Richmond Park Marathon

Brathay Windemere Marathon, Ambleside, Cumbria

White Peak Marathon, Matlock, Derbyshire

The Edinburgh Marathon, Scotland 

Walled City Marathon- Derry

Needles XC Marathon, Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Newry City Marathon, Northern Ireland

Summer Liverbird Marathon -Merseyside

Endurancelife Flete Coastal Marathon- 10km, Half, Full, Ultra

Kent Roadrunner Marathon

Old County Tops, Great Langdale *Ultra
THis 59.6km race is run in pairs and takes in three historic peaks in Westmoreland, Cumberland and Lancashire, one being Scarfell Pike, England's highest mountain.

Hardmoors 110, North Yorkshire *Ultra
This is a 177km loop of the Noth York Moors, with a timelimit of 36 hours

Settle Saunter- Yorkshire Dales

Wharfdale Off Road Marathon,Yorkshire

Coast to Coast 185- Marathon Across Britain, Northumberland

Cork City Marathon, Ireland,

South Downs Marathon, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Maidenhead Relay Marathon, Berkshire

Malvern Midsummer Marathon
, Worcestershire

The Trionium Picnic Marathon

Cheltenham Circular Challenge, Glouchestershire- 5km, 10km, Half, Marathon, Ultra

Colworth Marathon Challenge, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire

The Holly Challenge- Telford

North Devon Marathon

West Highland Way Race *Ultra
This is Scotland's famous long distance race of 152km. This is a tough one that starts at 1am, and crosses stunning Scottish landscapes.

Low Alpine Mountain *Ultra
This long distance race takes place in the Scottish highlands, it is very mountainous and winning times are between 8 and 12 hours depending on the course taken


Wales Marathon

Dundee Marathon

Fort William Marathon

Lakeland 100, Coniston, Cumbria *Ultra
This ultra trail run in the famous Lakes District covers 160km (100 miles) in a 40 hour time limit.


Isle of Man Marathon,

Callinish Stones Marathon- Stornoway

Salisbury Trail Marathon- Marathon and Ultra


Hull Marathon
13th September-Start time 09.00 Number of places 4000 Come and find out why the UK’s City of Culture 2017 is the place everyone’s talking about. Join us in a new marathon on a fast, flat course with city centre start and finish, beautiful parks, historic old town, picturesque marina and Humber Bridge crossing. 

South Cheshire 20, Crewe, Cheshire

Moray Marathon, Elgin, Moray

Kent Coastal Marathon, Kent

Wolverhampton Marathon, West Midlands

Somerset Levels and Moors Marathon, Langport, Somerset

Two 2 Go Lee Valley Marathon, Stanstead St Margarets, Ware

Baccus Marathon, Dorking , Surrey
Good one for wine lovers, wine at drink stations and glass of wine at finish!

Robin Hood Marathon, Nottinghampshire

Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon- Cliftonville

Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon, Haworth

Farnham Pilgram Marathon, Surrey

New Forest Marathon- Brockenhurst

Great Langdale Marathon

Cayman Islands Marathon
This is a flat marathon that starts and finishes in George Town, the capital of the Caymans, there is also a half marathon.

London to Brighton *Ultra
This is a 90km (56mile) run through the south of England. It is run on paths and tracks, across fields and down lanes, where runners take in some of England's prettiest countryside. 

Lochness Marathon

The Purbeck Marathon- Swanage, Purbeck and Jurassic Coastline
The Purbeck Marathon has been rated in the top 3 marathons in the UK for the last 3 years

Bournemouth Marathon

Sussex Marathon

Isle Of Wight Marathon, Ryde

Chester Marathon, Chester, Cheshire

Clarendon Way Marathon
Off Road from Winchester to Salisbury

Eden Project Marathon
, Cornwell

Trionium Greensand Marathon, Dorking

Jersey Marathon

Mablethorpe Marathon

Sussex Marathon

Bradford City Marathon
, South Yorkshire

Kielder Marathon, Hexham North,Northumberland

Dublin Marathon, Ireland 

Beachy Head Marathon. Eastbourne
This trail marathon takes in the Seven Sisters rolling hills in the South Downs.

Original Mountain Marathon *Ultra
This is known the be the largest and most prestigious mountain marathon in the world. The location is different evey year the the distances are between 80km and 40km.

Snowdonia Marathon
This is a tough marathon in Wales, taking runners around the mountainous Snowdonia National Park.

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Abingdon Marathon- Oxfordshire

Leicester Marathon

Bristol and Bath Marathon

Dartmoor Vale Marathon

Endurancelife Coastal Trail Suffolk


Endurancelife Gower Marathon
- 10km, Half, Full, Ultra

NewCastle Town Moor Marathon
, Tyne and Wear

Luton Marathon- Bedfordshire

Cornish Marathon


Endurancelife Coastal Series- Dorset- 10km, Half, Marathon, Ultra

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon-Hampshire

Disclaimer: Whilst all due care is taken when listing the many races on this calendar, to be accurate and correct with dates and links, some errors may occur on research or connecting to race websites. Please always check the race events website or contact details to get more relevant and up to date details on the races listed here. Lazy Runner would be happy for any errors to be reported via the contact form so changes can be made

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