Top five marathon warm-up races

Training for a spring marathon? See our picks of the best events to ensure you're in good shape for the big day.

by Annie Rice

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Ashridge Boundary Run 16M

Saturday 15th March, Ringshall

A hilly trail course awaits runners here so by no means will it be a walk in the park. But for the opportunity to get some decent miles with the added benefits of hill work, this is a scenic wonder. The route takes you around the Boundary estate through ancient woodlands and the Ivinghoe Beacon. It’s a circular course on both road and off road terrains. It’s a small local event of approximately 200 participants.

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No Northern options??

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 18:51

Not very helpful...

3 are on the same weekend, one has already been cancelled and the last one is 200 miles away.

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 12:57

The Trimple 20 in Lancashire, Lancaster. Is flat well organised and perfectly placed to fit in with the London marathon.

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 19:39

The East Hull 20 is another great race run by a friendly club.

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 17:09

Hyde Park is doing a 20 miler on Sun 23rd March - entry through RW says full, however I managed to get a place through RunningDiary.

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 08:31 is in wales............

I wouldn't say it was a great pre marathon race though unless you are running a hilly onroad marathon of which there aren't many..


It is an amazing course and a lovely run .......but I can not see it being the perfect pre marathon course as with massive hills you can not sort your pacing out

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 09:20

How about the Surrey Half Marathon on 8th March 2015? Closed roads, flat, fast, scenic course. We would love to see you there!

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 11:44

How much will it be this year?
Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:19

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