2:09 Events Limited

Our running and fitness holidays, training camps and events come with a pedigree that we at 2:09 Events are very proud of.

The very name and symbol of the company, 2:09, is derived from the marathon time of Company Director and founder Mike Gratton who won the London Marathon with that time in 1983.

While 2:09 is no longer a time that will win the London Marathon it is still the standard below which runners are considered elite. For us, it is a trademark that motivates and inspires us to provide travel, camps and events of the highest level - events and trips that we can be proud of.

Way back in 1984, Mike ran his first training camps in the Algarve. More than 35 years on, while Mike has moved into semi-retirement, the camps continue to thrive and prosper with a reputation for supplying high-level coaching to runners of all abilities, from beginners to Internationals, with a level of back up and support that many national squads would envy.

While the company is still focused solely on running, it has broadened it's portfolio organising a number of running events in the UK as well as offering trips to races in the far flung corners of the world, from the streets of New York or Berlin to the mountains of Bhutan or Chile. Since 1985, 2:09 Events Ltd has been part of the New York City Marathon's International Travel Programme and is now an International Travel Partner of the five Abbott World Marathon Majors outside the UK. The company also organises its own events in Bhutan, the Azores and Cyprus as well as taking runners to a host of other fabulous worldwide events, including

  • TCS New York City Marathon
  • Bank of America Chicago Marathon
  • BMW Berlin Marathon
  • Tokyo Marathon
  • Boston Marathon
  • Thunder Dragon Marathon, Bhutan
  • Run Azores 3-Day Challenge
  • Frozen Lake Marathon
  • Cyprus 4-Day Challenge
  • Polar Circle Marathon
  • Big Five Marathon
  • Petra Desert Marathon
  • Comrades Marathon 

2:09 Events is a member of the International Group of Running Tours specialists known as TOURS, that has members in countries around the World. This enables us to collaborate on travel arrangements with like-minded expert companies in many regions and find out what's new in the World of running in each region.

More importantly 2:09 Events is an ATOL bonded travel agent, which offers protection and guarantee for any flight-inclusive bookings. For all bookings that were made prior to the COVID pandemic, we provided either a full money-back refund or a a deferral to a future year on the same terms. Even now we continue to offer a COVID guarantee that any trip that is delayed, deferred or cancelled due to any government imposed COVID travel restrictions, will not cost you a penny.