Marathon XC Racing UK


Getting back into riding MTB XC Marathon, and was wondering if any other Brits had recommendations for good marathon races to use as test rides leading up to the XCM British Champs? (100km last year winning time was 5:30 ish)

In SA we had a loads of great races to choose from on my doorstep but as I am in London now they are less easy to come by and more work to get to so want to choose wisely.

Any recommendations much appreciated.


Unfortunately there really isn’t any Marathon Racing to be had in the UK in the traditional form of a single lap. This is mainly due to the fact that here in the UK we have some pretty stupid rules about racing on Bridleways and footpaths. Therefore races can only be held on private land which means courses up to 8 miles maximum.

However look up the Scott MTB Series, 5 rounds held across the UK every summer. Fantastic events with varying distances. The routes are always brilliant and fantastically well organised. Technically they are NOT a race for the above reason so there is no podium, ranked results or prizes. But you do have a number and your time is recorded. Towards the sharp end you will find usually a mix of the UK’s best elite and age category XC races though…

Alternatively we have a great selection of Endurance events through out the year. Usually 4 hours, 6 hours, 12 or 24 but held over a lapped course. Check out the Thetford Winter Series, Gorrick MTB series, Torq 12/12, Mountain Mayhem and Brighton Big Dog.


Thank you so much for your response, I just checked that out (Scott series), looks like it will be a great option. Will also scour out some of the other events as well.


There’s also Ratrace the crossing which is a 3 day coast to coast.


I did the Scott Wantage Marathon this year and was amazing…a mass start which was so fast. I will be doing as many of the Scott series next year as possible. I’m also doing the Avon and Tyrell race this weekend.