Lancaster Marathon



We would like to thank all those involved in the staging the Lancaster Castle Marathon in both 2017 & 2018.


These events take so much co-ordinaton that after our debrief we have come to a decision about the future of the event. 


We want to organise an event people can be proud and also be supported by the Lancaster district.


We will therefore be hosting the Lancaster Marathon every 5 years rather than it being annual event.


We will be looking at ways of this marathon still being amazing value but also a competitive marathon.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and thank you for your support.


Lancaster Race Series.






Course Information

The Lancaster Marathon is mainly flat apart from the hill at the end of the race which takes you up to the Castle.


The route is very spectator friendly and is mainly traffic free.


Course Map



Race Information


When is the race?

The race will next take place in 2023.


Where is the race start?

The race start is five minutes away from the race HQ and finishes at the Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, LA1 1YJ. 


The Royal Kings Arms Hotel is the Race HQ, 75 Market St. Lancaster, LA1 1JG. There is no parking at this hotel. 




Where can I park?

Parking around the Castle itself is P&D but Lancaster has a number of car parks that are within a 10minute walk. Please follow the carpark link to work out the best carpark for your pre-race preparation.


Where can I stay in Lancaster?

Lancaster has a number of hotels and B&B’s in the centre and outskirts of the city. Please contact us for more information with your requirements and we’ll do our best to match you to appropriate accommodation.


What is the race route?
The race takes in some scenic Lancaster Lune Valley countryside and route maps can be found on


The courses are fast and is undulating in parts and the majority of the route is traffic free.


What are the rules for the event?

This race has been measured and certified permitted under UKA Rules.


How far apart are the drinks stations?
The drinks stations will be 2.5 to 3 miles apart with bottled water.


What else will be available on the course?

A number of marshals and community groups will be on the course providing runners with jelly babies and Vaseline if required!


Will there be start zones?


Will there be mile or km markers?
There will be mile markers, every mile.


How old do I need to be to run?

To run the Lancaster Marathon you must be 18 on race day.


Where can I find my race info?

If you live in the UK and entered by post, this race info will be posted out to you explaining the details for race day. If you entered online your information will be sent to the email stated in the online application. Please check your spam as sometimes emails go into this folder instead of standard email inboxes.


Numbers are to be collected on the day of the race.


How do I get my race number?

You can collect your number on the day at the race HQ.

I can't run - What is your refund policy? Can I transfer my number?

Unfortunately, there is a no refund policy and we are now unable to transfer numbers.

What if I am ill, injured or unfit before the race?
We recommend that you do not run if you feel ill, injured or have not trained for this event. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

Can I run in Fancy Dress?
Yes we welcome runners in fancy dress. Please take care with your choice of fancy dress as roads and cycleways are NOT closed to the public.

Can I wear an iPod or music player?
It is not recommended. For your own safety you need to be aware of what is around you, and to be able to take instructions from marshals.


Is there a baggage store?

There will be a space to store your bag during the race but please try and leave valuables with your cars or leave them with someone. 


Where are the toilets?
There are a number of toilets around the Hotel & Castle ground but due to the nature of the venue, there are no additional change facilities. There will be a number of toilets on the route with placings confirmed closer to the day. 

What food and drink will be available?

There will be food and drink available within the NICE Cafe.

When will the results be available?
Results will be posted online soon after the race on


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