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Running Races in United Kingdom
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There's more to the United Kingdom than just the London Marathon!

While it is one of the fastest and biggest marathons in the world, it is only one of many impressive running events on the island.

The biggest running events in the UK

The London Marathon was first held in 1981. At that time, the interest was already enormous with almost 8,000 starters. In the meantime, over 40,000 runners take part in the marathon in London every year. After Berlin, the London Marathon is the second fastest marathon in the world. Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:02:37 in 2019, the second fastest marathon time in history at the time. The Kenyan only fell short of his own world record, which he had set six months earlier in Berlin with 2:01:39 hours. In the women's race, local hero Paula Radcliffe has held the course record since 2003 with 2:15:26 hours. Until 2019, no female runner on our planet was able to improve on Radcliffe's time before Brigid Kosgei managed a new record performance in Chicago.The flat course of the London Marathon passes many famous buildings and sights. These include Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and, of course, the Thames.

In Scotland, the Edinburgh Marathon has become an absolute hit. The course impresses with a grandiose mix of city marathon and countryside run. More than 20,000 runners line up on the starting line at the end of May. Over the marathon distance, there are around 7,000 athletes. In Great Britain, one should not forget the Great Run Series, with races in Manchester, Newcastle, Portsmouth and elsewhere. These are half marathons, 10-kilometre runs and 10-mile races with tens of thousands of starters, including many international top stars.

Other well-known marathons include the Brighton Marathon and the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon.

The legendary Obstacle Run

Obstacle runs are very trendy at the moment. In these runs, you have to overcome both natural and man-made obstacles on the course. The mother of obstacle runs is the so-called Tough Guy in Wolverhampton. In this race you have to crawl through narrow tunnels, dive into ice-cold waters and climb into caves. Only about half of the participants can finish the 12-kilometre race.

Trails and Triathlons

An absolute highlight in nature is the four-day Ring of Steall Skyrace (or Salomon Skyline Scotland). At this trail and mountain running event in Scotland, you have to cover distances of sometimes even more than 50 kilometres. The event is part of the world-renowned Golden Trail Series.

Triathlon fans will get their money's worth at the IRONMAN 70.3 events in Edinburgh, Weymouth and Staffordshire, among others. The IRONMAN Wales - Pembrokeshire and the IRONMAN UK - Bolton are over the full long distance.

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All Running Races in United Kingdom (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2023 in United Kingdom: Janury - June

MONTANE® Spine® Race

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Edale
Icon Competitions 431 km / 174 km

MacTuff

 
Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Dunfermline
Icon Competitions 15 km / 7 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - South Devon

 
Icon Date | 07:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Kingsbridge
Icon Competitions 55,2 km (5.630 Hm) / 44,2 km (4.531 Hm) / 21,2 km (1.966 Hm) / 11,1 km (1.186 Hm)

Hyrox Glasgow

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Glasgow
Icon Competitions 8 km

Glentress Trail Marathon

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Peebles
Icon Competitions 42,2 km (1.500 Hm) / 21,1 km / 10 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Northumberland

 
Icon Date | 08:20 Uhr
Icon Venue Bamburgh
Icon Competitions 56,6 km (1.302 Hm) / 43,8 km (957 Hm) / 20,8 km (344 Hm) / 10,5 km (165 Hm)

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Sussex

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Sussex
Icon Competitions 54,9 km (6.364 Hm) / 42,3 km (4.218 Hm) / 20,9 km (2.348 Hm) / 12,4 km (1.264 Hm)

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder 26.5

 
Icon Date | 17:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Hexham
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 22,5 km / 10 km

Brighton Marathon

 
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Icon Date | 09:45 Uhr
Icon Venue Brighton
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10 km

Lakeland Trails - Hawkshead

 
Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Hawkshead
Icon Competitions 16 km / 10 km

The Longhorn

 
Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Ollerton
Icon Competitions 60 km / 50 km / 42,2 km / 30 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Blackpool Festival of Running

 
Icon Date | 09:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Blackpool
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

London Marathon

 
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Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue London
Icon Competitions 42,2 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Pembrokeshire

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Haverfordwest
Icon Competitions 55,7 km (3.642 Hm) / 44,7 km (3.182 Hm) / 24,8 km (1.824 Hm) / 12,4 km (798 Hm)

MK Marathon (Milton Keynes Marathon)

 
Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Milton Keynes
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,62 km

Lakeland Trails - Staveley

 
Icon Date | 11:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Staveley
Icon Competitions 18 km / 10 km / 5 km

Snowdon SkyRace

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Caernarfon
Icon Competitions 36 km (3.160 Hm) / 5,5 km (1.000 Hm)

Ultra-Trail® Snowdonia

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Capel Curig
Icon Competitions 165 km (10.000 Hm) / 100 km (6.700 Hm) / 50 km (3.300 Hm)

Stirling Scottish Marathon

 
Icon Date | 08:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Sterling
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 5 km / 1,609 km

Race the Tide

 
Icon Date | 11:20 Uhr
Icon Venue Mothecombe
Icon Competitions 45,6 km / 24,8 km / 13,6 km

Great Manchester Run

 
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Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Manchester
Icon Competitions 21,1 km / 10 km

Skye Trail Ultra

 
Icon Date | 05:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Duntulm
Icon Competitions 119 km (4.460 Hm)

Edinburgh Marathon

 
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Icon Date | 10:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Edinburgh
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1,5 km / 1 km

Lakeland Trails Marathon Coniston

 
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Coniston
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Exmoor

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Martinhoe
Icon Competitions 52,1 km (7.608 Hm) / 42,8 km (6.102 Hm) / 20,8 km (2.858 Hm) / 10,6 km (1.250 Hm)

Eastbourne Triathlon

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Eastbourne
Icon Competitions Olympic / Sprint

The Hampshire Hoppit

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Newbury
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Tsunami Ocean Trails

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Bude
Icon Competitions 120 km (5.000 Hm) / 60 km / 25,6 km / 11,2 km

Trail Marathon Wales

 
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Dolgellau
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Ultra Trail Scotland - Arran Skyline

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Brodick
Icon Competitions 45 km (3.500 Hm) / 26 km (2.000 Hm)

The WallRun

 
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Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Carlisle
Icon Competitions 110 km

Bowood House Triathlon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Calne
Icon Competitions Duathlon / Sprint / Super-Sprint

Clicking on "Weiter" will take you to the running events in the UK from July to December:

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