RUN­NING HOT AND SLIGHTLY COLDER

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Pe­tra Marathon JOR­DAN, AU­GUST 26 If you’re an In­di­ana Jones fan this is your chance to run through the kind of scenery you saw in The Last

Cru­sade. Some of the fi­nal scenes were filmed at the Al Khazneh temple, a huge sand­stone façade that dates back to the first cen­tury AD. You’ll be see­ing plenty of that sort of thing as you make your way through the an­cient city of Pe­tra and soak up the his­tory around you. It’s hot and the route is un­du­lat­ing, but the chance to have a ‘re­cov­ery float’ in the Dead Sea af­ter­wards should be suf­fi­cient com­pen­sa­tion.

FLIGHTS FROM… £355rtn (Lon­don Stansted to Am­man) via Lufthansa.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Take a camel ride across part of the vast Wadi Rum desert, which dou­bled for Mars in the Matt Da­mon film The Mar­tian (wadirum­jeep­tours.com). pe­tra-desert-marathon.com Helsinki Marathon FINLAND, AU­GUST 12 There’s no get­ting up at an un­godly hour to ram down your por­ridge for this race: it starts at a very civilised 3pm and takes you on a two-lap tour of the Fin­nish cap­i­tal. You’ll hug the Baltic coast­line for much of the route as you hop be­tween some of the 315 is­lands that make up the city. It’s flat, the crowds are su­perb and you can even ar­range for your own fuel to be wait­ing for you en route.

FLIGHTS FROM… £173rtn (Heathrow to Helsinki) via Fin­nair.

WHILE YOU’RE THERE… Go and have a pot­ter round the vast 19th-cen­tury Old Mar­ket food hall where you’ll find mer­chants flog­ging ev­ery­thing from cheeses, cakes and spices to seafood and Fin­nish del­i­ca­cies such as Mustikkapi­irakka (blue­berry pie, ob­vi­ously). helsin­kic­i­ty­marathon.fi/en

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