Claiming to be the most inclusive marathon in the country, the Marathon In A Day challenge transforms the previously mammoth task of running 26.2 miles into an entirely achievable goal. It takes place this September 1st-3rd and is a challenge suitable for the inexperienced runner just starting out, as well as for the well-seasoned pro looking for a personal best. Time is not of the essence in this hybrid marathon as only runners' moving time will be counted, allowing as many pit-stops as takes the fancy. On the other hand, this could be the fastest marathon you ever run.

Founded by Kevin Betts and Claire Rixon, the Marathon In A Day challenge materialised from their vision to make the marathon distance accessible for all. Hence, it is open to walkers and sprinters alike, who can tackle the task solo or as a team of up to 8.

Choice of location and company is entirely up to the runner as this virtual experience will be shared by hordes of lycra-loving running fanatics across the country. Runners are encouraged to get together with pals and accomplish the marathon as a team-effort, raising money for the worthwhile mental health charity Mind.

Written by Kate Milsom