Alternatives to the London Marathon

Marathons to run instead of the London Marathon

Were you unlucky in the London Marathon draw? We've been there too, so we know how it feels. However, there are a good number of other marathons taking place around the same time. Perhaps one of these will be interest you.

We've listed a few marathons, in chronological order, that we think are worth consderation. Being that most London Marathon applicants are primed to train for an April event, we have focused on events around a similar time to the London race.

1. Great Welsh Marathon
A scenic 26.2 miles through Pembrey Country Park and along the magnificent Millennium Coastal Path.

Great Welsh Marathon

Date : 16 March 2025
Location : Llanelli, Wales
Cost : £40 - £48

2. Brighton Marathon
With great coastal views and an amazing atmosphere, this race is sure to be over-subscribed.

Brighton Marathon

Date : 6 April 2025
Location : Brighton, East Sussex
Cost : £59.99 - £69.99

3. Boston UK Marathon
Run a marathon in the original Boston.

Boston UK Marathon

Date : 13 April 2025
Location : Boston, Lincolnshire
Cost : £33 - £35

4. Kent Spring Marathon
Organised by the Nice Work team, the Kent Spring Marathon is a popular race, especially in the south east.

Kent Spring Marathon

Date : 13 April 2025
Location : Ashford, Kent
Cost : £36 - £38

5. Connemarathon
Based near Galway, Ireland, this marathon is considered to be "one of the world's most scenic events".


Date : 27 April 2025
Location : Connemara, Ireland
Cost : € 75

6. Madrid Marathon
Enjoy the amazing atmosphere and sites of the biggest running party in Spain.

Madrid Marathon

Date : 27 April 2025
Location : Madrid, Spain
Cost : € 65 - € 95

7. Manchester Marathon
A flat and fast marathon around one of the North's friendliest cities. Sure to sell out, regardless of the clash with its southern rival.

Manchester Marathon

Date : 27 April 2025
Location : Manchester, Lancashire
Cost : £59 - £79

8. Milton Keynes Marathon
With an impressive stadium finish, this award-winning event is another that fills every year.

Milton Keynes Marathon

Date : 5 May 2025
Location : Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Cost : £48 - £58

9. Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon
Established in support of local rugby player, Rob Burrow, and to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Appeal. Sadly, Rob is no longer with us. However, the race goes on, continuing to raise funds for this great cause.

Leeds Marathon

Date : 11 May 2025
Location : Leeds, West yorkshire
Cost : £61 - £63

10. EMF Edinburgh Marathon
Starting in the centre of Edinburgh, this race passes the Royal Mile, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace before leading runners along the scenic golf coast.

Edinburgh Marathon

Date : 25 May 2025
Location : Edinburgh, Lothian
Cost : £79.50

If none of these marathons appeal to you, there are many others around the same time, and later in the year. Check out our UK, European and International lists for many more marathon options.