Set yourself a new challenge


The Race for Life Marathon is the perfect challenge for women who have always wanted to try a long-distance running event but have been worried about how to start and not having any support.

The Marathon may be 26.2 miles (or 42k) but it’s still Race for Life, which means we’ll be here every step of the way to support you in your training and fundraising. Our events are not competitive so you can take part however you want - whether you run, jog or walk parts of the course, it’s up to you.

Entries are closed for 2016 but you can register your interest for next year's event and we will email you as soon as entries open.


Why choose the Race for Life Marathon

Some of the great benefits of choosing the Race for Life Marathon include:

  • The ‘Run with Loved Ones’ section of the course. This provides the opportunity for friends and family to run a small section of the course with you to keep you going.
  • Regular refuelling stations, featuring food, drink and expert advice to motivate and re-energise you when you need it.
  • A season pass that provides free access to unlimited Race for Life 5k and 10k events (does not include Pretty Muddy® events) of your choice to help your training in the run-up to your marathon
  • Heaps of training advice including training plans and training days with running experts to help you build up your long distance running and stay motivated.
  • Chip timing to record your time and allow friends and family to keep track of where you are on the course. You'll be able to track your time and find your result here.
  • Post-event massage

How long does it take to complete the Marathon course?

We will do everything we can to support you throughout your race. We want to get you to that finish line but for operational reasons we do have a time limit.

For the Marathon route this will be 8 hours. This time limit accommodates someone who continually walks the course - however we don’t recommend this and everyone to be able to jog for at least significant portions of the route.

Anyone who is unable to complete the course within 8 hours will be supported by our event staff to return safely to the main event area.

Already entered the Race for Life Marathon?

Once you’ve entered, we have lots of fantastic resources to help you get ready for your event.

1) Start fundraising

2) Stay up to date

3) Get kitted out

4) Start training

Training days

To support you with your training we’ll be holding two training days in London in the lead up to the event. The training days will be led by expert trainer Nick Anderson and will include sessions on nutrition, hydration and injury prevention tips. The day will also include a training run and the chance to meet other ladies taking on the challenge this September.

Is there a minimum fundraising amount?

While there is no compulsory amount you have to raise to take part, we do suggest a fundraising target of £500 for this event.

Race for Life Half Marathon

Not sure if you’re quite ready to take on the full marathon? Take a look at what our Race for Life Half Marathons offer.

This year we have two fantastic locations: Lee Valley, near London, and - new for 2016 - Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.


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