There are plenty of great options for running in London, but they have strong rivals elsewhere. From Brighton to Edinburgh we’ve compiled our favourite UK marathons to get you out of London for the weekend!

Brighton Marathon

Date: 14th April 2019

About: Brighton is home to one of the largest marathons in the UK, and in 2019 is celebrating 10 years with a weekend running festival! There’s a 10k challenge and kids funs runs too so all the family can take part. Brighton the marathon route takes you along the seafront and past their famous pier. Over 17,500 people will take part across all events, with over 150,000 spectators, cheering you on, making this the second biggest marathon in the UK! The fun doesn’t stop after the race, there’s much to see in Brighton on the sea.

Edinburgh Marathon

Date: 26th May 2019

About: The Edinburgh Marathon Weekend is a running festival with something for everyone! Events range from 5k races to the marathon, and you don’t have to go it alone - there are relay options too. The runs boast views of the iconic Edinburgh Castle and Arthurs Seat, before finishing the race along the coast where you’ll have the sea breeze and the crowd pushing you on to the end! The 90m descent down to sea level helps to make this event one of the fastest marathon routes in the UK.

The Yorkshire Marathon

Date: 20th October 2019

About: The city of York plays host to Yorkshire’s Marathon, with a scenic run along charming country lanes and past York’s picturesque historic sites. This is one of the highlights of the White Rose County’s sporting calendar - famously the UK’s sportiest region. It’s a bit smaller than some of the others in this list with around 4,000 participants, giving you the opportunity to soak in some of the best scenery in the marathon calendar. It’s sold out every year since launch, so be prepared to pounce for a ticket.

New Forest Marathon

Date: 8th September 2019

About: To get away from the cities altogether, we can recommend the New Forest Marathon Running Festival. A day for everyone - this event has everything from a 5k, 10k, half marathon and of course the marathon. The races offer a blend of forest enclosures and far reaching countryside views, and hopefully a chance to spot the famous New Forest ponies! You might want to consider that the race is a mixture of compacted trail and paved roads, especially when wet, but under normal conditions standard running shoes will do just fine.

Blackpool Marathon

Date: 28th April 2019

About: Explore one of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns and take in the sea views whilst running in the Blackpool Marathon, there’s also the half marathon option for those not quite ready for the full marathon run! The race following the Promenade for two laps of a course that sticks to the seafront and takes you past all the main attractions, such as the Golden Mile, and Blackpool Tower. The flat course is perfect for those searching for a PB, and the seaside town provides the perfect weekend escape from London with all the entertainment that Blackpool is famous for!

Great Welsh Marathon

Date: 14th April 2019

About: Last but not least, we can wholeheartedly recommend Wales’s oldest marathon! The Great Welsh Marathon takes part in Llanelli and has fantastic views from the Millennium Coastal Path to keep you distracted. Despite being in Wales, this is a fairly flat marathon - perfect for a PB and accessible for all abilities - there’s a Great Welsh Half Marathon option too. As with most of these big events, it's sold out every year so you’ll have to be on the watch for tickets.

Conclusion

Escape London for seaside marathons from Brighton to Blackpool, or explore the beautiful countryside from the New Forest to Yorkshire. The focus here has been on marathons, but there’s plenty of other races out there too. You might want to start out with a 10k run or a half marathon and if you can’ quite get enough then give an ultramarathon a go.