THEY’RE NOT HALF BAD

Two great races, two ex­cit­ing ci­ties

Runner's World (UK) - - RACE -

Van­cou­ver Half Marathon CANADA, MAY 6

This gor­geous, friendly city on the west coast of Canada is a par­adise for lovers of the out­doors, so it’s no sur­prise that it hosts a mag­nif­i­cent week­end of run­ning, fea­tur­ing a full 26.2, a marathon re­lay, an 8km race and a kids’ fun run, as well as the half. The route for the 13.1-miler takes you through the city’s di­verse, vi­brant dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Chi­na­town and Yale­town, as well as beau­ti­ful Stan­ley Park, be­fore fin­ish­ing in down­town Van­cou­ver.

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM £726rtn from Heathrow via Air Canada.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Hump­back, gray, minke and killer whales pass through the wa­ters off Van­cou­ver, and you may also spot puffins, bald ea­gles and pel­i­cans. Wildlife tours from around £80. bmovan­marathon.ca

Gothen­burg Half Marathon SWEDEN, MAY 20

The world’s largest half marathon con­tin­ues to grow. Last year around 64,000 run­ners toed the city cen­tre start line be­fore har­ing round the wide, tree-lined boule­vards. RW’S Joe Mackie ran this one four years ago and said: ‘The best thing is how much you feel part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, run­ning right around the cen­tre of town as op­posed to be­ing stuck way out on some soul­less by­pass. I loved be­ing cheered by the lo­cals as they sat and sipped their cap­puc­ci­nos out­side cafes as they watched.’

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM £39rtn from Stansted via Ryanair

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Visit Lise­berg Theme Park and take the 83m ride up the Lise­berg Tower for a breath­tak­ing city-wide panorama. gote­borgsvarvet.se

HALF AND HALF (Top to bot­tom) A sta­dium fin­ish for the Gothen­burg Half; a big day for the Swedish city; Van­cou­ver’s wa­ter­front

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