1. South Downs Marathon, Petersfield, Hants
Date in 2012: June 9
If you’re a hill junky then this is a must-do point-to-point marathon. It’s pretty much either going up or going down at any point and there’s over 1,200m of ascent in total. For those of you who are less concerned with trying to keep your lungs inside your body, there are stunning views of the downs to enjoy. Enter online.
2. Lakeland Trails Marathon, Coniston, Cumbria
Date in 2012: July 1
The very first offroad marathon in the Lake District traces a complete circuit of Coniston Water before exploring the gorgeous Tarn Hows and Blea Water – two of the most visited beauty spots in the Lake District. You’ll return victorious to a vibrant party feel at race HQ. Enter online.
3. Trionium Greensand Marathon, Dorking, Surrey
Date in 2012: October 21
Trek to the very top of south-east England's highest point, Leith Hill, in this challenging marathon. It’s offroad, if it rains there’s zero protection from the elements, it’s tougher than a Sunday roast cooked by your Auntie Irene, and it’s packed with soul- (if not leg-) restoring views over the autumnal downs.
4. Rutland Water Marathon, Rutland, East Midlands
Date in 2012: November (TBC)
Taking in two loops around the reservoir on hard trails and Tarmac, you’ll have the chance to spot some of the 20,000 waterfowl that live in this European Special Protection Area.
5. Conwy Half-Marathon, Wales
Date in 2012: November 21
Gird your loins and get ready to climb the Great Orme, a 207m lime headland – there are some eye-candy views waiting at the top.