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.

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

Running competitions 2024 in United Kingdom: Janury - June

MacTuff

 
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dunfermline
Distance of the race 15 km / 7 km

MONTANE Spine Race

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Edale
Distance of the race 431 km / 174 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - South Devon

 
Date of the race | 07:45 Uhr
Location of the race Kingsbridge
Distance of the race 55,2 km (5.630 Hm) / 44,2 km (4.531 Hm) / 21,2 km (1.966 Hm) / 11,1 km (1.186 Hm)

Glentress Trail Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Peebles
Distance of the race 42,2 km (1.500 Hm) / 21,1 km / 10 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Northumberland

 
Date of the race | 08:20 Uhr
Location of the race Bamburgh
Distance of the race 56,6 km (1.302 Hm) / 43,8 km (957 Hm) / 20,8 km (344 Hm) / 10,5 km (165 Hm)

Hameldown Hammer half-marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Distance of the race 21,1 km (600 Hm) / 11,26 km

Hyrox Glasgow

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Glasgow
Distance of the race 8 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Sussex

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Sussex
Distance of the race 54,9 km (6.364 Hm) / 42,3 km (4.218 Hm) / 20,9 km (2.348 Hm) / 12,4 km (1.264 Hm)

Inverness Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 12:30 Uhr
Location of the race Inverness
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 5 km

Dark Skies Run @ Kielder 26.5

 
Date of the race | 17:30 Uhr
Location of the race Hexham
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 22,5 km / 10 km

Bath Half Marathon

 
1
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bath
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Great Welsh Half & Full Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Llanelli
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21, km

Twin Lakes 20

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Milton Keynes
Distance of the race 20 mi / 10 mi

Brighton Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 06.04.2025 09:45 Uhr
Location of the race Brighton
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 10 km

Lakeland Trails - Hawkshead

 
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Hawkshead
Distance of the race 16 km / 10 km

Blackpool Festival of Running

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Blackpool
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2 km

London Marathon

 
3
Date of the race | 27.04.2025 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race London
Distance of the race 42,2 km

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Pembrokeshire

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Haverfordwest
Distance of the race 55,7 km (3.642 Hm) / 44,7 km (3.182 Hm) / 24,8 km (1.824 Hm) / 12,4 km (798 Hm)

UK Trail Running Festival (UKTRF)

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Wimborne
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

The Longhorn

 
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Ollerton
Distance of the race 60 km / 50 km / 42,2 km / 30 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

HYROX London

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race London
Distance of the race 8 km

Lakeland Trails Staveley

 
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Staveley
Distance of the race 18 km / 10 km / 5 km

Great Birmingham Run

 
Date of the race | 09:45 Uhr
Location of the race Birmingham
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

MK Marathon (Milton Keynes Marathon)

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Milton Keynes
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,62 km

Ultra-Trail® Snowdonia

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Capel Curig
Distance of the race 165 km (10.000 Hm) / 100 km (6.700 Hm) / 50 km (3.300 Hm)

Endurancelife Coastal Trails - Exmoor

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Martinhoe
Distance of the race 52,1 km (7.608 Hm) / 42,8 km (6.102 Hm) / 20,8 km (2.858 Hm) / 10,6 km (1.250 Hm)

Great Bristol Run

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Bristol
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Skye Trail Ultra

 
Date of the race | 05:00 Uhr
Location of the race Duntulm
Distance of the race 119 km (4.460 Hm)

Edinburgh Marathon

 
2
Date of the race | 25.05.2025 (Termin laut Webseite des Veranstalters) 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Edinburgh
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km / 2,5 km / 1,5 km / 1 km

Great Manchester Run

 
3
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Manchester
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Trail Pursuit Cornwall

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race St Agnes
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

Blenheim Palace Triathlon

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Woodstock
Distance of the race Sprint / Super Sprint

Cadair X Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:00 Uhr
Location of the race Tywyn
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Run Killarney

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Auchterarder
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

Isle of Skye Marathon

 
Date of the race | 10:30 Uhr
Location of the race Portree
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Lakeland Trails Coniston

 
Date of the race | 11:00 Uhr
Location of the race Coniston
Distance of the race 15 km / 10 km

Lakeland Trails Marathon Coniston

 
Date of the race | 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Coniston
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Swansea Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Swansea
Distance of the race 21,1 km

Trail Marathon Wales

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Dolgellau
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Tsunami Ocean Trails

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Bude
Distance of the race 120 km (5.000 Hm) / 60 km / 25,6 km / 11,2 km

The WallRun

 
1
Date of the race | 14.06.2025 07:00 Uhr
Location of the race Carlisle
Distance of the race 110 km

Run Sandringham Half Marathon

 
Date of the race | 09:30 Uhr
Location of the race Sandringham
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 1,6 km

Eastbourne Triathlon

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Eastbourne
Distance of the race Olympic / Sprint

The Hampshire Hoppit

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Newbury
Distance of the race 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Snowdon SkyRace

 
Date of the race | 08:00 Uhr
Location of the race Caernarfon
Distance of the race 52 km / 38 km / 27 km / 16 km

Cholmondeley Castle Multisport Festival

 
Date of the race | 09:00 Uhr
Location of the race Cheshire
Distance of the race Triathlon / Duathlon / Aquabike / Swim / Run

Snowdonia Race

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Conwy
Distance of the race 21,1 km / 10 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Bolton

 
Date of the race |
Location of the race Leigh
Distance of the race Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance)

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