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Inspired to run a marathon?

by editor
Monday 25th April 2016
Are you feeling inspired by the London Marathon? Has it made you resolve to run a marathon this Autumn? This is a brilliant idea for several reasons:
1. Training for an Autumn marathon means you can do lovely long runs in the sunshine, rather than slogging it out in the cold and dark winter months.
2. Sticking to a training plan will help you avoid summer pitfalls such as spending 2 weeks lying on a beach, taking the holiday ’all you can eat’ buffet too literally and speed drinking at weddings in case the wine runs out. 
3. There are so many great events in the Autumn!
Here are 10 Autumn marathons with places remaining that we at Run247 highly recommend (with the links so that you can enter right now): 
Great Langdale Marathon (10th Sept). Great Langdale is incredibly beautiful. It’s also pretty hilly so be prepared for that. Lovely campsites, lovely route, lovely pubs. This ticks many boxes. 
New Forest Marathon (11th Sept). This is a fantastic opportunity to run a marked route in an area that all looks very similar to me. Dangerously so. It’s very beautiful and I run down there regularly but left to my own devices I would probably get very lost very easily. See beautiful countryside, wild ponies and lots of people parked up eating sandwiches and drinking tea from a flask. 

Purbeck Mara

Purbeck Marathon (18th Sept). Lots of races call themselves the toughest race of earth, I’m going to go out on a limb and call the Purbeck Marathon the nicest race on earth. Controversial perhaps, but I can back it up with evidence. The scenery is incredible with sweeping sea views all around, lots of lovely hills, it's a small field with a low-key feel, they give you ice cream and cider at the finish! There, I’ve got you. 
Richmond Running Festival Marathon (18th Sept). New for 2016, Richmond Run Fest has added a full distance marathon. Kew Gardens, Royal palaces, lots of London’s finest greenery. Sounds like a great addition to the Autumn marathon calendar. 

Robin Hood mara

Robin Hood Marathon (25th Sept). Nottingham has given the world Robin Hood, lace, This is England and, reportedly, England’s oldest pub. It’s a city marathon but it doesn’t feel like it as you see a fair bit of greenery, it’s flat and there’s a new route this year which sounds even nicer.

Bournemouth mara

Bournemouth Marathon (2nd Oct). A classic seaside race with lots of running along the sea front, up and down piers and a beach at the finish. Great organisation and a great location. It's only been going for a few years but has quickly established itself as a must-do Autumn marathon. 

Chester mara

Chester Marathon (2nd Oct). A perennial favourite for many reasons. It’s a city course and yet it gets nicely rural, it’s fast and flat (there are many a PB there) and it’s such a beautiful place

Kielder mara

Kielder Marathon (2nd Oct). Another one which could well be Britain’s most beautiful marathon. You really are spoiled for choice in the UK in the Autumn. This race also ticks the ‘quite hard’ box if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging. 
Eden Project Marathon (16th Oct). Spectacular scenery, a very varied route and plenty of undulation! When I did it you were given a pasty and a beer at the finish, which is both perfect post-marathon fodder and appropriately local. 
Abingdon Marathon (23rd Oct). A very fast and flat race, with lots of lovely Oxfordshire countryside. Perfect if you want a small field, great organisation and very suitable as a first marathon. This was in fact the first marathon I ever did and it couldn’t have been a better experience. 
(We would have included the Yorkshire Marathon but it’s full. There is a waitlist though)
So there’s really no excuse if you’ve been bitten by the marathon bug. Get online and enter now and let the months of training commence! 

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