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2022 Marathons that have to be on your bucket list.

2022 Marathons that have to be on your bucket list.

It’s that time of year again. Race training, marathon preparation and event planning. Which race should you take on in 2022? Going for your 1st or 50th marathon? We have all the brilliant marathons going on this year by region. Take a look through and pick your marathon for the 2022 race season! 

North England 

Run Cumbria Solway Marathon

The Solway Marathon is a flat and fast route on the picturesque country roads of North-West Cumbria. The Marathon will start in Anthorn, doing two loops on country lanes through Bowness-on-Solway, then returning to Anthorn via the coastal roads to finish the marathon. The race will feature chip timing by Timing4Sport, with all finishers receiving a finishers medal.

Price: £32.00
Where: Anthorn, Cumbria
When: 5th June 2022

Trail Pursuit: Lake District Mountain Marathon Festival

Fancy more than a marathon? Trail Pursuit offer a weekend experience of trail running, partying and ice baths. Based at Seathwaite Farm, just off the southern end of the Borrowdale Valley, south of Keswick in the Lake District National Park.

Nestled in the depths of a valley, this remote spot is the ideal playground for Trail Pursit’s trail race festival with direct access to the fells & surrounding idyllic countryside with lakes for a dip & refreshing soaks under waterfalls.

Trial Pursuit

Price: £114.00 (£74.00 excluding camping)

Where: Seathwaite Farm, Keswick, CA12 5XJ

When: 27th to 29th May 2022


Active Northumberland: Kielder Marathon

Known as ‘Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon’. The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland.

Price: £40.00

Where: Hexham, Northumberland

When: 2nd October


South England

The Big Pilgrimage

The Big Pilgrimage is a point to point run which follows the start of a newly discovered Pilgrim Trail called ‘The Old Way’. This ancient trail from Southampton to Canterbury was recently found on Britain’s oldest road map, the Gough Map c.1360 and follows beautiful coastal and countryside trails.

Price: £42.00

Where: Town Quay, Southampton SO14, UK

When: 21st August


The Fox

Voted one of the best events in the UK by runners in the independent RaceCheck Awards in 2018 & 2019, come and explore one of Surrey’s least-known trails – “The Fox Way” – to which this award-winning, long-distance running event owes its name.

The Fox

Price: £44.00

Where: Guildford, UK

When: 2nd April

The Jurassic Marathon

Setting out from Corfe Castle Swanage, the route heads up onto the Purbeck hills and down through Swanage to the coast. It’s then a loop back past Corfe Castle and beyond, before dropping down onto the coast at Lulworth Cove, and a final push to the rest stop finish line! 

Price: £129.00

Where: Corfe Castle, nr. Wareham, Dorset

When: 14th May 


Night Nav GPS Marathon

This is an exciting night-time point-to-point marathon run suited for those who enjoy an adventure. Starting at around 6pm to 7pm, you have until 2am (7 hours) to make it to the finish point. Using the supplied GPX file, runners will navigate along the Avon Valley footpath during the night. Finishers will be awarded a bespoke wooden medal.

Night Run

Price: £25.00

Where: Downton, Salisbury SP5 3JP

When: 22nd January

The Dorset Ooser 

Do you want hills and a lot of mud? Then you'll love this constantly changing route that will take you into parts of deepest darkest Dorset, via picturesque villages, old tracks, open fields, hidden holloways, ancient woodlands, and forgotten trails.

Ooser Marathon

Price: £20.00

Where: Turners Puddle Farm, Dorset

When: 10th April


West England

Devon Coastal Challenge

Inspired by the Atlantic and Jurassic Coast Challenges the Devon Coast Challenge, now in its 6th year, is just as scenic and rewarding as its established predecessors of Votwo's original 3 marathons in 3 days format. 

Price: £65.00 per day (£180.00 for full weekend)

Where: Day One - Hartland Quay to Appledore | Day Two - Crow Point to Combe Martin | Day Three - Combe Martin to Porlock Bay

When: 13th to 15th May 

Run on the Edge

Make no mistake it is a challenging, although scenic course and forms part of the new Wild Run and Wild Night Run Series 2021/2022. The routes, which are out and back, all start and finish at Mount Edgcumbe, proceeding towards Rame Head (the chapel) and on to Portwrinkle.

Price: £42.00

Where: Cremyll, Torpoint PL10 1HZ

When: TBA

Atlantic Coast Challenge

Now in its 17th year the more windswept and, some might say, interesting younger sibling of the Jurassic Coast Challenge. The route starts near Padstow and finishes at Lands End. Complete up to 78.6 miles (3 marathons) over 3 days by walking, running, or crawling, putting your mental and physical prowess against some of the wildest coastlines in Britain.

Atlantic Coast Challenge

Price: £65.00 per day (£185.00 for full weekend)

Where: St Ives Bay Holiday Park

When: 7th to 9th October

East England 

Zig Zag Challenge

A good event for those trying to conquer the A-Z of events, we have decided to do a Zig Zag Challenge event! This race is also ideal for those who want to try and achieve a Marathon distance and for those who also want the option to push a little further, possibly an ultra but without the complications of trail ultras, with next to no navigation, no kit required, an aid station every lap and straightforward logistics.

Price: £35.00

Where: Horseheath, Cambridge, UK

When: 5th March

The Wrangler

In this 6-hour event, run as far as you want during the time allowed and push your own boundaries. With an easy-to-navigate 5.3km lap through the grounds, focus on your own pace and complete as many laps as you can.

Price: £35

Where: Horseheath, Cambridge, UK

When: 22nd January

Essex Marathon

Challenge yourself to either a Half or Full Marathon in Essex. This is a flat and fast course with tarmac, traffic free running around the former RAF Debden Airfield. The course is designed in the shape of an aircraft in honour of so many RAF and USAAF who were stationed here over the years.

Essex Marathon

Price: £26.00

Where: Debden Airfield, Wimbish, Saffron Walden CB10 2YA

When: 3rd April


Blacks to the Beacons

The event offers the marathon runners a chance to run from the Black Mountains in the National Park of South Wales, hitting their highest peak and finishing on the Brecon Beacons. 

Price: £55.00

Where: Debden Airfield, Wimbish, Saffron Walden CB10 2YA

When: 30th April

Midnight Mountain Marathon

Set in the breath-taking Brecon Beacons, the course takes you through forests, over streams, past waterfalls, and up mountains. The difference between this and any other mountain marathon, is that you start at 5.30PM and have to finish before the midnight cut off.

Midnight Mountain Marathon

Price: £50.00

Where: Brecon Beacons

When: 4th June

XTERRA Snowdonia Trail Marathon

A stunning Trail Marathon, starting and finishing in Wales' outdoor capital, Llanberis. Entering the Snowdonia Trail Marathon is your ticket to compete in one of the UK's most challenging trail races. The incredible routes explore the trails, gorgeous panoramic views and tough climbs that make Snowdonia National Park such a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

Price: £49.99

Where: Llanberis

When: 10th July


Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runner’s World in 2008. Enjoy a fantastic all-encompassing route which takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.

Edinburgh Marathon

Price: £64.00

Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

When: 29th May

Run Scotland Rannoch Marathon

There is a great history behind the Loch Rannoch Marathon, going back to the 1980's when it was the course of the Scottish Championships. Run Nation revived the race in 2015 and it has re-established itself on the bucket list for marathon runners in the UK. Take in the scenery and backdrop on the north and south shore of Loch Rannoch by running this Marathon in 2022.

Price: £34.00

Where: Kinloch Rannoch

When: 16th October

The Sunset Running Festival

This is the 2nd year of this sunset running festival which starts at 5pm in the evening and enjoys a beautiful sunset finish line! It is a completely flat, seaside route at Silverknowes Promenade, offering PB galore. The 7km loop allows the organisers to provide you with an abundance of choices of distance and team entries.

Price: £27.00

Where: Edinburgh, Midlothian

When: 25th June

Northern Ireland

Mourne Way Marathon

This well-established trail running event in Northern Ireland attracts runners from all over Europe and beyond to the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to participate in this stunning and challenging trail event.

Mourne Way

Price: £60.00

Where: Rostrevor

When: 11th June

Causeway Coast Marathon

All routes will be fully way-marked and will follow the paths, tracks, beaches and coastline of the Causeway Coast Way – probably one of the most spectacular coastlines in the whole world.

Price: £60.00

Where: Portballintrae

When: 24th September

Major Marathons

TCS London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the most famous and prestigious events of its kind in the world. The route has remained largely unchanged since the inaugural race in 1981 and encompasses many of the capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new.

London Marathon

Where: London, England

When: 2nd  October


Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Marathon, first run in 2007, celebrated its 10th anniversary milestone in 2016. Tokyo Marathon 2017 featured a new course, which finishes at the Tokyo Station/ Gyoko-dori Ave. area, looking ahead to the next 10 years to come. 


Where: Tokyo, Japan

When: 6th March


Boston Marathon

The Boston is traditionally held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, the event was inspired by the success of the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics.

Berlin Marathon

Where: Boston, Massachusetts

When: 11th October


BMW Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon was established in 1974 by Horst Milde, a baker and running enthusiast in the city. It is a flat and fast course, suitable for all marathon lovers.

Berlin Marathon

Where: Berlin, Germany

When: 25th September


Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon is the fourth-largest race by number of finishers worldwide. The Chicago Marathon is flat and fast, in fact, it has been the host to five world-record times.


Where: Chicago, Illinois

When: 9th October


TCS New York Marathon

The New York Marathon is the world’s largest marathon, with more than 53,000 finishers in 2019 and over 98,000 applicants for the 2017 race.

New York

Where: New York, NY

When: 6th November

Bucket list Marathons

Eden Marathon

A firm fixture in the running calendar, the Eden Project Marathon offers hilly multi-terrain courses around the famous site, following a challenging route through areas of spectacular mining heritage and beautiful countryside landscapes.

Eden Marathon

Price: £37.00

Where: Eden Project, Cornwall

When: 16th October

Athens Classic Marathon

The course begins in the town of Marathon, where it passes the tomb of the Athenian soldiers, and it traces a path near the coast through Nea Makri. It is a must do for any running enthusiast!

Price: TBA

Where: Marathon, Greece

When: 6th November

Marathon du Médoc

This is a marathon for wine, steak, oysters, and ice cream lovers as you have 23-stops within the race full of the above! This is the world’s longest, booziest marathon.


Price: £76.90 (€90)

Where: Pauillac, France

When: 10th September

Antarctic Ice Marathon

This is the world’s most southernmost marathon. Mainland Antarctica represents the first or last challenge for ultra-runners, the great wilderness to be conquered. And now adventure athletes like you can do it.

Price: £14,721.67 ($18,900.00)

Where: King George Island

When: 10th September

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