Pick a nice flat course for your first marathon
Pick a nice flat course for your first marathon

5 best UK marathons for first-timers

Your first marathon is more than just a race, it’s a chapter in your running story that’ll stay with you forever. Choosing your debut marathon can be tricky, which is why we’ve picked 5 of our favourite UK marathons suitable for first-timers.

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After all the long training runs, kit testing, nutrition plans and preparation, you’re finally ready to take on the classic 26.2-mile race. With 100’s of marathons taking place in the UK throughout the year, deciding on which event to enter can be daunting.

If you’re based up north, the Greater Manchester Marathon or beautiful Edinburgh Marathon may be the events for you. Down south, both the Brighton Marathon or Richmond Running Festival could be more suited to you.

Wherever you are in the UK, or the world for that matter, most people would agree that the London Marathon is the pinnacle of marathons – there’s plenty of guaranteed charity places if you didn’t gain entry via the ballot.

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Greater Manchester Marathon – 7 Apr

The Greater Manchester Marathon features a super-fast course, great entertainment, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at the Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Greater Manchester Marathon
Chunky medal and ASICS technical t-shirt for all finishers

Brighton Marathon – 14 Apr

Experience the roaring crowds, fantastic atmosphere and seafront finish of the Brighton Marathon before celebrating with friends and family in the Event Village.

Brighton Marathon
Make a weekend of it with friends & family

London Marathon – 28 Apr

Enjoy London's famous landmarks at one of the biggest and most prestigious running events in the world. If you didn’t get in via the ballot, there’s plenty of charities offering guaranteed entry in return for fundraising.

London Marathon
50,000 runners - broadcasted live in over 200 countries

Edinburgh Marathon – 26 May

Fast, flat and beautifully scenic marathon route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle. Weekend of fun, festivities and energy!

Edinburgh Marathon
26.2 miles around the iconic sights of Edinburgh

Richmond RUNFEST Marathon – 15 Sep

This scenic tour of Richmond is a multi-terrain, pancake-flat course that guides its runners through the beauties of Richmond and all the history it contains.

Richmond Marathon
Discover the profound beauty and history of Richmond


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