6 London Marathon Alternatives

Must-run international races recommended by running legend Ron Hill MBE

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The sun shines on Paris Marathon runners

Did you miss out on entering one of the marathon majors? Looking for a more quirky event for your next running challenge?

There are heaps of fantastic 26.2 mile races around the world to try, as Sports Tours International ambassador and running legend Ron Hill MBE explains.

Paris Marathon 

Starting at the Arc de Triomphe, pass some of the city’s most famous landmarks and catch a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before you head towards the finish line on the Avenue Foch.

Sign up for the 2019 waiting list here.

Athens Authentic Marathon

Steeped in history, this is the place where it all started for Ron Hill: “I won my first Gold medal on this course, when the European Championships were held in this city in 1969.  I ran again in 1973 and finally ran my 100th marathon there in 1985.

“Every runner must have Athens Marathon on their running CV!”

The marathon finishes in the legendary stadium where the first Olympic games of modern times took place in 1896.

Taking place on 11 November 2018, sign up here.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Taking place in South Africa’s most romantic and most visited city, the Cape Town Marathon is ideal for athletes aiming to achieve fast records. Running the marathon is a unique way to experience the vibrant spirit of this beautiful city. The Marathon has a 6 hour 30 minute cut-off time, making it feasible for the social runner.

Sign up for the 2018 event, taking place on 23 September, here.

Washington Marine Corps Marathon

Known as the ‘Marathon of Monuments’, the course runs beside many of the national monuments of Washington D.C.

Ron Hill says: “The Marine Corps Marathon is such a well organised event. I was there last time around and ran in the 10K, which takes place on the same day.

“As Washington is an interesting town, this is a good place for running a marathon and having a city break at the same time.”

Sign up to this year’s race on Sunday 28 October 2018 here.

Vodafone Malta Marathon

If you are looking for a marathon early in the year, this is for you. Explore clear blue Mediterranean waters, medieval towers and wayside chapels. This event has been growing in popularity in recent years.

Ron Hill says: “Malta is one of the most enjoyable places to run a marathon, as it’s mostly downhill and a great place for a holiday.”

The 2019 event will take place on 24 February – sign up for the waiting list here.

Rome Marathon

This race gives you the opportunity to combine athletics and sightseeing in Italy’s capital, a city bursting in culture and history. Run in the footsteps of history, as you take on a marathon route through this ancient city.

Sign up for the waiting list for 2019 here.

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