Here's our guide to the best 2022 marathons in the race calendar...
Don’t be blue if you didn’t get a spot in the London Marathon ballot – there are plenty of other 2022 marathons to choose from in the UK and beyond. Here’s our 2022 marathon race guide…
New Forest marathon
11th September 2022
This scenic marathon takes in all the sights of the New Forest. The route is a mixture of gravel, trail and tarmac, taking you past wild ponies and through ancient woodland. The team are passionate about ensuring that the race has zero impact on the local environment, and up to £1 of every entry also goes towards the New Forest Marathon Community Fund.
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Marathon du Medoc
10th September 2022
The Marathon du Medoc is a world famous marathon event with a difference. The ‘race’ has compulsory fancy dress, with the 2022 version theme of ‘Cinema’. The route winds through beautiful French countryside, taking in châteaus and vineyards. The 23 aid stations on course aren’t stocked with your typical energy gels and bars, you’re more likely to find local red wines, foie gras, and baguettes stuffed with brie! Rather than aiming to win the event, most runners simply aim to beat the cut-off time of 6.5 hours, and enjoy the treats along the way.
11th September 2022
AKA as London’s Flattest Marathon, this race is great for anyone looking for a PB and some capital scenery. Starting inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, you’ll take in Richmond Bridge, Ham House and Hampton Court Palace before finishing at an all-day family fun music festival.
25th September 2022
The Berlin Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in Europe thanks to its fast, flat course, and the heritage of the race. Berlin is where the current Male World Record for the marathon was set by Eliud Kipchoge in a time of 2:01:39. The course is a single loop starting and finishing in Berlin’s largest and oldest park, with amazing support all around the city, so is well known for breaking personal best times. If you’re looking to set a new marathon personal best, this is the event for you.
Loch Ness marathon
2nd October 2022
The Loch Ness marathon is on many runners’ bucket lists – and for good reason. It offers stunning views, a fantastic atmosphere and world-famous sights. Bonus points if you spot Nessie! It finishes in the city of Inverness, which makes for a fun weekend of exploring around your race.
9th October 2022
This race sells out every year, largely due to the crowd support! According to those who have been there, done that, and got the t-shirt (literally), Chicago Marathon offers some of the best encouragement of any international event. Every inch of the route is lined with cheering fans and crowds. The course is fast, flat, and non-technical, so it’s perfect for both PB-chasers and first-timers.
16th October 2022
Thousands of runners take place in this brilliant event. The route is good for first-time marathoners and seasoned pros alike, taking you past some of York’s most historic sights and quaint country lanes. Locals come out to support runners all along the routes, and it’s customary to ‘do the Y’ as you cross the finish line to celebrate Yorkshire spirit.
30th October 2022
Dublin has been voted one of the best organised marathons in the world. People who have run this marathon also say it is one of the friendliest they have ever done, with quintessential Irish charm helping keep spirits high along the route. The post-race celebrations are something to behold too, if you can force yourself to stay awake!
Win a place in the London Marathon…
New Balance, who have just launched their new 2022 London Marathon collection, are offering runners the chance to win one of five spots in this year’s London Marathon, taking place on Sunday 3rd October. The competition closes on 28th March, so be quick!