Taking on (and beating) a Marathon
26.2 miles.... it's THE iconic distance for a run.
Make no mistake it is also a flippin long way... and anyone who has completed a marathon, whatever their time has my respect.
London Marathon which started in 1981 has been one of the factors in raising awareness and popularity of the marathon distance and it still headlines the marathon season in the UK , however there are a number of other big city marathons and many smaller events that cater for the marathon distances, so there is a race for everyone.
Here are some fun facts from Copenhagen Business School, Run247.com and Strava
- Men’s average finishing time - 4hr 13min 23sec
- Women’s average finishing time - 4h 42min 33sec
- For most runners the slowest mile is the 25th... so perhaps the wall is closer to the end than thought?
- London Marathon completion rates have gone up from 88% in 1981 to over 98% - so you have a good chance of reaching this goal if you get to the start lines.
Entry to some of the big city marathons can be difficult to achieve as many are oversubscribed, use a lottery/ballot system or just sell out online really quickly. Most of these marathons do have entry through fundraising charity places which are a great way to be part of a team, but there is the additional requirement to raise money.
Finding The Race for You:
there are a number of specialist running websites that have in depth information and event and race calendars that can help you find the right one for you.
Run 247 - http://www.run247.com/index.html
Runners World Race Finder - http://www.runnersworld.com/race-finder
Marathon Runners Diary - http://www.marathonrunnersdiary.com/races/uk-marathon-list.php
Big City Marathons:
Bristol & Bath: http://www.bristolbathmarathon.com/
If you fancy taking a trip abroad, there are many fantastic races across the globe. New York, Berlin, Paris and Boston are all popular with Brits.
Training Plans and Advice:
Most of the major running websites and marathon event websites have training plans and advice for first timers and more experienced runners alike.
Event Categories: Running
Event Level: All Levels