10 alternative UK marathons

As your friends fill up your social media feed with their marathon training efforts, do you feel a creeping sense of running envy? It sounds like you need to enter a race!

10 alternative UK marathons

If you failed to get a place in the sought after London Marathon fear not; we have your long distance dreams covered. Take your pick from the top UK marathons, lace up your trainers and work your way towards the ultimate goal. Don't forget to download a free marathon training plan to get you started!

Manchester Marathon 2017

  • Where: Manchester
  • When: 2 April 2017
  • How much: £45

If you’re looking for a fast, flat course this classic city race will do just the trick. Not only will you start beside the legendary Old Trafford stadium, you’ll be fuelled with heaps of support on the side lines as you run through the roaring streets of Manchester.


Blackpool Marathon 2017

  • Where: Blackpool
  • When: 23 April 2016
  • How much: £32

The famous illuminations aren’t the only reason to visit the seaside town of Blackpool. If you’re looking for a memorable promenade start and a speedy course, the marathon gives you another excuse. You’ll even have enough money left over for a well-earned ice cream on the beach, thanks to the very reasonably priced £32 race entry.


Southampton Marathon 2017

  • Where: Southampton
  • When: 23 April 2017
  • How much: £44.99

Perhaps best known for launching the Titanic, the coastal town of Southampton also offers a varied mix of coast, urban city and plush green parkland for its popular marathon. A predominantly flat course, it’s also an ideal choice for first time marathoners. Within your two laps of Southampton city, you’ll run towards the calm water’s edge of Bitternea Park before finishing in the heart of the city at the Guildhall.


Great Welsh Marathon 2017

  • Where: Wales
  • When: 30 April 2017
  • How much: £32

Even in hilly Wales this beautiful route won’t throw any mountains your way – making it a great choice if you’re toeing the line for your marathon debut. You’ll take in the views of the south Llanelli coastline on the figure of eight course, before finishing in Llanelli Festival Fields within Carmarthenshire's Millennium Coastal Park.


Belfast City Marathon

  • Where: Belfast
  • When: 1 May 2017
  • How much: £37

Spend your bank holiday weekend running through the streets of Belfast at the Deep River Rock Marathon. Heaps of enthusiastic crowd support will give you an added boost as you run along the waters of the River Lagan before finishing in beautiful Ormeau Park.


Bewl Water Marathon 2017

  • Where: Lamberhurst
  • When: 1 May 2017
  • How much: £36.75

If you’re looking to take your marathon goals off-road, then the scenic routes of the Bewl Water Marathon could be just the ticket. From quiet country lanes to undulating wooded trails, you’ll experience a pick n’ mix of terrain, as well as taking in some pretty stellar views of the lake.


Milton Keynes Marathon 2017

  • Where: Milton Keynes
  • When: 1 May 2017
  • How much: £46

Thanks to its wide, roomie roads and exceptional spectators, Milton Keynes Marathon has regularly been ranked in the UK’s top 10. Journey through picturesque Woughton-on-the-Green and Woolstone parishes and run through the Milton Keynes Village with picture perfect thatched cottages.


ASICS Windermere Marathon 2017

  • Where: Ambleside
  • When: 21 May 2017
  • How much: £43

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, the looped course of the Windermere Marathon unsurprisingly offers up some jaw-dropping scenery. Although, as you might expect, the British countryside goes hand-in-hand with hills. If you’re up for an added dose of adventure how about climbing over 1400ft of elevation as well as the incredible feat of 26.2 miles?


Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

  • Where: Liverpool
  • When: 28 May 2017
  • How much: £50

Get ready for music, medals and a whole host of fun. Start at the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s Waterfront before being guided by rock n roll music down to Penny Lane, the home of The Beatles. Liverpudlian support and bands strumming out an eclectic mix of tunes; what more motivation could you need?


Edinburgh Marathon 2017

  • Where: Edinburgh
  • When: 28 May 2017
  • How much: £55.50

There’s a good reason why this marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and it isn’t just for the post-race haggis. The flat and fast course will whizz you through the historic streets of the city, alongside iconic Holyrood Palace and ending in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat.  


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