11 alternative London Marathon races

If you didn't get a London Marathon 2019 ballot spot, side-step any FOMO and enter one of the many other great marathons the UK has to offer.

11 alternative London Marathon races

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon – 7 April 2019

If you’re looking for a marathon with exceptional crowd support, look no further. Work your way towards a PB or make your marathon debut on a route that takes you past the legendary Old Trafford stadium and along the streets of Greater Manchester. The course is also one of the flattest in the UK! Enter now

Great Welsh Marathon – 14 April 2019

The Great Welsh Marathon will take you along the coast and through the iconic Millennium Coastal Path. It might be hard to believe but the route is a flat one and avoids many of the hills Wales is famed for. There are only 500 places on offer so if you're keen, we would suggest getting in quick! Enter now

Brighton Marathon – 14 April 2019

Brighton is one of the UK’s top rated races and has been crowned the second fastest on the Isles. The route will take you around the city, passing the Royal Pavilion and the Pier, before heading towards the beach. There are limited entries for Brighton reopening soon, just be sure to register your interest before 19 October to be in with a chance of getting a place. Enter now

Blackpool Marathon – 28 April 2019

Held the same weekend as the Virgin Money London Marathon, opt for illuminations as your backdrop and a 99p flake ice cream at the finish line. The Blackpool Marathon is a flat, two-lap course, which might just help you achieve that elusive negative split as you know what to expect the second time around. Enter now

Great Stirling Run - 28 April 2019

The Stirling Marathon is organised by the Great Run Company and offers a route combining stunning scenery and the convenience of a city centre start and finish. If you're looking for something a bit different to a pancake flat race, this challenging closed road route takes in the local countryside, imposing castles and historic towns! Enter now

Southampton Marathon – 5 May 2019

The Southampton Marathon route will take you through a mixture of coast, city streets and lush green parks, including a stretch over the Itchen Bridge. Much of the course is flat, making it perfect for marathon veterans and beginners alike. Complete your race by running into the heart of the city and up to the finish line at the Guildhall. Enter now

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon – 5 May 2019

Bagging some serious race bling in Ireland is one way to remember your bank holiday, and now you can do exactly that at the Belfast City Marathon. The 2019 route is now flatter than ever before and offers some serious PB potential as you reach the finish line in beautiful Ormeau Park. Enter now

Milton Keynes Marathon -  6 May 2019

Regularly ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 marathons, it's no surprise that Milton Keynes is IAAF Grade A certified. Scenic sights are in abundance, from Woughton-on-the-Green to picturesque Milton Keyne’s village, and there's ample room to stretch your legs, thanks to wide, open roads. Enter now

Bewl Water – 11 May 2019

Enjoy late spring with a different kind of marathon far from the city streets. Bewl Water presents a mixture of undulating rural wooded trail and quiet country lanes, leaving your race day free from pace watching, with room to appreciate the incredible views instead. Enter now

ASICS Windermere Marathon – 20 May 2019

If you’re on the lookout for a marathon with a challenge look no further than Windermere. With 1400ft of elevation this looped route isn’t for the faint-hearted, but you'll be rewarded with some cracking views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fab finisher's medal. Enter now

Liverpool Rock n’ Roll  Marathon – 26 May 2019

Get a musical boost at the Liverpool Marathon, where local bands line the course and serenade you throughout the race. The route passes the cities' famous icons, from the old haunts of the Beatles, to Anfield, before heading down the waterfront promenade. Enter now

Edinburgh Marathon – 26 May 2019

If you’re fighting the ballot blues you will be pleased to hear that the Edinburgh Marathon has guaranteed entry. The fast, flat course will take you from the historic sights of the city and along the Royal Mile before heading to the coast. You can even soak up the sights of Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and Gosford House before a speedy down hill to the finish line. Enter now

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