Races of the Year 2010: Scenery

The most scenic races of 2010, as voted by runnersworld.co.uk members

Posted: 20 January 2011

1. Beachy Head Marathon

Eastbourne, October 23 

There’s a good reason why 1,750 runners travel from far and wide to take part in this cross-country 26.2-miler: the views. The race showcases the best Sussex countryside, from picturesque villages to the chalky cliffs of the South Downs. Enter online now.

2. PUMA Derwentwater Trail Race 14K

Keswick, Cumbria, September 5 

Set within the Lake District National Park, this race is a must for trail addicts and recreational runners alike, taking place along bridleways and footpaths that pass through some of the most scenic and beautiful countryside in Britain. Find out more.

3. Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

Invernesshire, October 3

The scenery enjoyed during this marathon is up there with the best, following a spectacular point-to-point route through a stunning Highland surroundings, along the south-eastern shores of the famous Loch Ness and then crossing the River Ness to finish at Bught Park. Find out more.

4. Trionium Greensand Marathon

Dorking, Surrey, October 17  

You’d want a reward for running to the top of south-east England’s highest point – the 295m Leith Hill. Fortunately, the views at the summit of autumnal scenery and the Greensand hills of Surrey are as breathtaking as the slope itself. Enter online now.

5. Salomon South Downs Marathon

Chichester, June 12
A particularly picturesque point-to-point trail adventure that passes flint- and stone-clad cottages, this follows a 26.2-mile stretch of the South Downs National Trail over chalk hills to finish at the 1400-acre Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Enter online now.

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Well done to the Beachy Head Marathon for coming top in this category - perhaps it's a fitting tribute to a run in Britain's newest national park. Beachy Head (or single-named like Nigella, Boris and Jamie, 'Beachy') is a cracking run which, given glorious weather, is destined to be named top race one of these days.

Thanks to Runner's World for counting up all the votes, doing the calculations and posting up all these results. I like them better than previous years' top 50 lists... you seem to have created a lot more 'winners'!

Posted: 21/01/2011 at 11:07

Have not your events done rather well ?

Posted: 21/01/2011 at 22:11

Your missing the Mourne Way Marathon. 26 miles throught the Mourne Mountains wonderful event. 
Posted: 25/01/2011 at 13:16

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