The Top 5 UK Marathons

If it was your New Year’s Resolution to run a marathon for the first time, you've told all your smirking friends you are doing it, you have spent your Christmas money on a treadmill and you've even been out for a January run; do your self a favour and give the extremely hard to get in to London Marathon the cold shoulder. Our list of smaller marathons are, unfortunately, still a gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards long but their locations will help you run with a spring in your step...

The Rutland Water Marathon:

We just love this marathon which is set in a European Special Protection Area for over 20,000 birds and follows the trails around an a distractingly picturesque reservoir. November 2012.

The Duchy Marathon:

Take advantage of Cornwall’s stunning sea views in this Redruth marathon with a really friendly atmosphere amongst the runners and hot pasties at the finish. Watch out for the hills though! 4 March 2012.

The Brighton Marathon:

We may be a little biased because we go along to support this marathon every year but we love the huge crowds who turn out to support and the wonderfully flat route along the sea front. 15 April 2012.

Abingdon Marathon:

This is marathon takes in the best of the Oxfordshire countryside whilst running along the Thames. The route is also pretty flat and finishes with a lap around the athletics track. Sunday 21 October 2012.

The Edinburgh Marathon:

With over 16,000 runners taking part, the Edinburgh marathon is fantastic spectacle in the historic streets. You can also enter a relay team with three of your mates, each of you running 6.5 miles - allowing you to achieve your New Years Resolution with a little less sweat . 27 May 2012.

Please check all dates with the race organisers. We also recommend you consider our 5 top tips before entering a marathon;

  1. Distance from friends and family: You will want as many supporters along the route as possible.
  2. Breathe taking views: We generally find the more distractions on route the better.
  3. Route: Some routes not only cover the full distance but throw in a few mountains along the way too- cheeky.
  4. Distance from your sofa: From our experience you will want to get to your comfy sofa as soon as possible after the event. You will also want to know the route well before the event so don’t give yourself the added hassle of travelling across the country for a look at it.
  5. Enough time: We recommend you take at least 5 months to train for a marathon (depending on your current fitness). If you enjoy training in the cold and wet, a marathon in spring is absolutely fine. If, like us, you find it easier to motivate yourself in the summer we recommend an autumn marathon. Take a look at our marathon training plan below to help you plan out your training schedule: