It’s true, it may not feel like it, but there are other marathons.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in the “I love London Marathon” camp. A camp that is definitely split. It appears to be a marathon that people either love or hate.
Whether you love the event or hate it, it’s fair to say that for this week, every year, everyone goes a little crazy for London Marathon. A time that brings out the best in people.
I want to provide you with a lighthearted blog to highlight some alternatives. So if you received this magazine, don’t fear… there are other marathons.
The controversy starts with the rejection magazine. And many more of us receive this magazine each year. In fact since they have opened up the application window for a whole week over the last two years it has created such high numbers of entries that not everyone actually receives a magazine any more. We all go a bit crazy for London, and people will do almost anything for a place.
If you don’t get in through the ballot there are other options. The most obvious is a charity place. This is a great way to raise a lot of money for charity, but owing to the cost of a place for the charity, the required fundraising target is usually very high. This rules out a lot of people, and it is hard work.
But if you can raise around two grand, then go and do it. I ran my first London Marathon for Save the Rhino in 2011.
Now there are some people that only enter London Marathon and have no intention of running another marathon, I respect that. If it’s a once in a life time experience you are after and only want to do one, then fair enough. But… if you want to run a marathon, there are other marathons out there. And depending on what you are looking for, there may be much better ones for you out there.
I want to run through a few of my favourites from this year, and ones you can still enter:
Fancy something international. Something at the beginning of the season, fun and relatively cheap to get to and take part in, then look no further. I ran Limassol this year and am taking my family back with me again next year. Check out my blog HERE.
The first of the big UK marathons in my calendar for 2018. Manchester Marathon is flat and fast. It is much smaller than London but has a great atmosphere. It is one of the UK’s biggest marathons, one I enjoyed this year and can’t wait to go back for more. Check out this years #funbus HERE.
If you fancy something with a bit of Rock and Roll, check out Liverpool Marathon. Again a decent size marathon, and a whole weekend of fun with 5k, half and full marathon. Some great music and fun. Not the same atmosphere as London, but certainly a good alternative. Check it out HERE.
I feel like I have to mention Brighton. I’ve ran it 4 times, and it has great atmosphere and is a big event. I am just disappointed with some of the organisation, hence why I’m not going back next year. The event is much more expensive than others, and accommodation is extortionate. I will be back one year, but not next year. Check out why HERE.
I would recommend MKMARATHON. I have done the half two years in a row and think it’s great, but have never done the marathon and think the second half of the route as negative feedback. I will be back for the half and certainly another to consider. Blog Here.
See there are more options:
As you can see there are plenty of other options, and this is just a few from the spring. So the next step is to book it. You can do it, stay confident and remember you can. If you are in any doubt, do yourself a favour and read this blog to motivate you, HERE.
Don’t leave it before booking, or training. Build up a good base leading up to Christmas and get some solid training in before the new year. And if you are one of the lucky ones that did get into London, enjoy it, an experience of a lifetime. BLOG.