7 of the Top Autumn Marathons
Feeling inspired after watching the London Marathon and want to run your own marathon? Well, we have put together our top picks for autumn races for you to get training towards in 2023.
LOCH NESS MARATHON
Fancy trying to spot the Loch Ness monster while running a marathon? Watch Anna take on the race in a recent video and you’ll see for yourself why it is a great option for our autumn bucket list.
Wine, fancy dress and a marathon; what more could you ask for?! The ‘long distance booze up’ as it is called takes place in Bordeaux each September and has a fancy dress theme each year which runners dress as but the key pull is the aid stations. The race takes you through 23 wine-producing chateauxs that act as aid stations, providing you with red wine and regional food such as cheese, foie gras and oysters. While is definitely isn’t a PB race it will certainly be a memorable one, unless you drink too much at the aid stations…
This is presenter James’ favourite race of all time having done it 5 times. It is mostly a road race that takes you around the legendary Mount Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) with some steep elevation in the first few miles followed by 7 miles of steady descent it offers stunning views of Snowdonia National Park. Just be prepared for the final few miles that are on steep trails and have caught out a lot of runners in the past resulting in mud-stained finisher photos.
Can’t make a marathon list without including the original. Starting in the town that lends it’s name to the race distance; Marathon, the race journeys through to Athens finishing in the Panathenaic Stadium, the scene of the first modern Olympic Games back in 1896.
A fantastic race if you are aiming to run a PB or BQ with stunning views of York and the surrounding countryside on an incredibly flat course.
Fancy a bit of December sunshine and your last chance to set a marathon PB then Valencia is the race to look at. With is pancake flat course that finishes in the stunning Museo de las Ciencias Principle Felipe it is a race that fits everything you want from a big city marathon without the ballot.
Speaking of ballot are you after a PB or your six star medal? Then Berlin Marathon is your ballot option for the autumn. The iconic race is flat and fast and has seen many world records set. Sarah set her own PB there back in 2022 and you can watch that video below.