The Main Event(s)

Great races with dis­tances to suit run­ners of all abil­i­ties

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1/ DINGLE MARATHON

Where Dingle, Ire­land When Septem­ber 17, 2017 Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon

This is a race that will take your breath away – twice. More than 400 marathon­ers and 1,600 half marathon­ers head west from the town of Dingle, largely fol­low­ing the coast road to the vil­lage of Dun­quin, with cap­ti­vat­ing views at every turn. Half-marathon­ers fin­ish here and take a free bus back to await the marathon­ers, who con­tinue to loop around the penin­sula and re­turn to where they started. din­gle­marathon.ie

2/ BLACK­POOL MARATHON

Where Black­pool When April 23, 2017 Dis­tances Marathon, half narathon, 10K

The Black­pool Marathon, half marathon and 10K all take run­ners up and down the prom­e­nade; the marathon and half start at the same point at 9am; the 10K goes 15 min­utes later. Marathon­ers loop­ing the prom­e­nade may feel a hint of déjà vu, but it’s a route with plenty to look at, in­clud­ing Black­pool’s iconic tower and piers. PB chasers take note: the course is flat and fast. fylde­coas­trun­ners.com

3/ BOURNEMOUTH MARATHON

Where Bournemouth When Oc­to­ber 7-8, 2017 Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K

Start­ing at 8am, the half marathon takes in the seafront prom­e­nade; the marathon starts two hours later and in­cludes much of the same course, with an ex­ten­sion to Poole Har­bour. The largely flat route of­fers PB po­ten­tial. If you fancy a pre­race race, there’s a seafront 10K and 5K on part of the marathon route the day be­fore, be­gin­ning at 4pm and 7pm, re­spec­tively. There are also Ju­nior 5K, 2km and 1.5km events, as well as a kids' kilo­me­tre race. bournemouth­marathon.com

4/ LE­ICES­TER MARATHON

Where Le­ices­ter When Oc­to­ber 2017, date TBC Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon

Le­ices­ter has been in the pub­lic eye in the last year or so, thanks to the city's foot­ball team and Richard III’S re­mains be­ing moved to the Cathe­dral fol­low­ing a long stay in a car park. Here’s your chance to see the news­wor­thy city. Around 2,500 run­ners start in Vic­to­ria Park, be­fore the marathon and half­marathon routes sep­a­rate at mile six. The ex­tra dis­tance for marathon­ers is mainly through Le­ices­ter­shire coun­try­side; they then re­join the half-marathon route for the re­turn to the city cen­tre. le­ices­ter­marathon.org.uk

5/ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON

When May 27-28, 2017 Where Liver­pool Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon, 5K, mile fun run

Leave the head­phones at home. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon route fea­tures 13 mu­sic sta­tions – one for each mile – with bands play­ing sets to spur on run­ners and whip up the crowd. The marathon route head out to­wards An­field and Good­i­son Park – and yet more mu­sic sta­tions – be­fore re­turn­ing to re­join the half-marathon course, with a few ex­tra turns. The races start an

hour apart at Al­bert Dock and fin­ish a few hun­dred metres away, at the city's Echo Arena. run­rock­n­roll.com/liver­pool

6/ ROBIN HOOD MARATHON

When Septem­ber 24, 2017 Where Not­ting­ham Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon

Around 2,000 run­ners are ex­pected to pound the streets of Not­ting­ham in the 2017 Robin Hood Marathon, with a whop­ping 10,000 set to take part in the half. Ex­pect plenty of merry men (and women) cross­ing the joint fin­ish line at Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment by the River Trent, though those run­ning the full marathon should be ready to hear the noise from the fin­ish about three miles be­fore their race ends – there’s an out-and-back sec­tion to test the spir­its. robin­hood­half­marathon.co.uk

7/ GREAT WELSH MARATHON

When April 2017, date TBC Where Llanelli Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon

The peo­ple of Llanelli are tough, known for rugby, coalmin­ing and steel­work­ing, so it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that this is one of those events where marathon­ers out­num­ber their half coun­ter­parts – around 300 take on the full dis­tance, com­pared with just un­der 200 in the half. All run­ners start to­gether and head along the shore of Loughor es­tu­ary, tak­ing in the sights of the south Llanelli coast­line. Once the half marathon comes to an end, the full marathon­ers have to dig deep and run a sec­ond lap. greatwelsh­marathon.org

8/ ED­IN­BURGH MARATHON FES­TI­VAL

When May 27-28, 2017 Where Ed­in­burgh Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K

In 1986, Scot­land’s Liz Mc­col­gan, took gold in the 10,000m at the 1986 Ed­in­burgh Com­mon­wealth Games. Marathon­ers and half marathon­ers run past Mead­ow­bank Sta­dium, the scene of her suc­cess, as they leave the city and em­bark on a four-mile stretch along Por­to­bello Prom­e­nade. Half marathon­ers fin­ish near Mus­sel­burgh Race­course; marathon­ers con­tinue on an out-and-back route be­fore re­turn­ing to fin­ish in the same place as the half. The 10K and 5K run­ners get to stay in Ed­in­burgh’s cen­tre, charg­ing round Holy­rood Park. ed­in­burgh­marathon.com

9/ WALES MARATHON

When July 9, 2017 Where Tenby Dis­tances Marathon, half marathon

Marathon­ers start in the pretty sea­side town of Tenby and tackle a cou­ple of steep as­cents to­wards the ru­ins of Pem­broke Cas­tle, birthplace of Henry VII, where half marathon­ers gather. Two hours af­ter the marathon, the half be­gins and all run­ners fol­low the same course back to Tenby. Time it right and you marathon­ers can pick up a run­ning buddy from the half – you may need the com­pany for the fi­nal miles. the­wales­marathon.com

10/ MOURNE WAY MARATHON

When June 10 Where Rostrevor, Co Down Dis­tances Ul­tra, marathon, half marathon, 10K

This is fan­tasy coun­try: CS Lewis, who was born in Belfast, based lo­ca­tions in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on the Mourne Moun­tains and the Game of Thrones crew have filmed here. There is just one route in the Mourne Way and com­peti­tors have dif­fer­ent start points along it. Marathon­ers be­gin in New­cas­tle, on the east coast, and head up­hill be­fore a long de­scent to the fin­ish in Rostrevor. Half marathon­ers avoid much of the climb, while 10K run­ners just have a de­scent. Of course, there’s al­ways the 52-mile ul­tra… 26ex­treme.com

THE COAST IS CLEAR The stun­ning Dingle Penin­sula is a per­fect race lo­ca­tion

SCOT FAVOURITE To Ed­in­burgh – and be­yond

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ONCE MORE ONTO THE BEACH… Af­ter the race, that is MAKE WAVES Rock out in Liver­pool

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