Where are the best scenic marathons
I would like to attempt my first marathon this year. I would like to do it somewhere where the scenery is very beautiful.
Can you please recomend good marathons in lovely places that won't be too much of a killer for a first timer.
Have to endorse the Beachy Head, but also the South Downs and Windmill marathons, if you live in the South East and want "countryside".
Monaco is pretty spectacular as well, as you come down off the mountain from Monte Carlo into Italy.
And Barcelona has the fab "Gaudi" architecture throughout the first half, and Paris has the best sights - the Tuilerie Gardens, the Louvre, Le Tour Eiffel etc.
A vote for Loch Ness (ok, I'm biased) and although I've not run it, I've been up around the Cape Wrath area, and it couldn't NOT be scenic.
Snoop - is Monaco a very downhill marathon then?
I was going to do Loch Ness.
In fact, am still thinking about it. Heard absolutely amazing things about and I have a family member who lives near the start who says its gorgeous as well. Plus it's in October so you have plenty of training time too!
Monaco's marathon runs through three countries, starting with a 10k tour of Monte Carlo, then heading out along the Riviera coastal road on the side of the mountain, before dropping down via the beautiful coastal resort of Menton into Italy near Ventimiglia - one of the best I've done.
I vote for Loch Ness too.
There is also Lochaber (April)
But I think the best one is going to be the Hebridean 2 marathon Challenge at the end of May on Lewis and Harris. (You do not have to do both, but can do one or the other).
thanks they all sound great - why do they have to be at such far flung reaches!! Still will definately try to do some.
Do you know if the midgies are out in force for the loch ness one??
and the midnight sun mara in Norway
Every marathon's brilliant when you pass over the finish line.
Even Battersea Park's old course (26.2 laps of one mile) was qute scenic but it began to pall after the first hour. The Sutton Park (Birmingham) 50k was similar - 10 laps of 5k .
Only have a limited experience of marathons thus far (three FLMs, Five2Go and Beachy Head) but I can safely say that Beachy has to be up there when it comes to fantastic scenery. Course to get the views the terrain is somewhat challenging and if the weather is inclement I can imagine it would be a pretty hostile environment. I suspect tho' that the same can be said for a lot of scenic marathons.
The thing with Beachy is that it is tough but you're doing it for the experience, the camaraderie and the scenery rather than for a fast time. I'd definitely recommend it.
White Peak is pretty flat (and actually downhill overall!)
it's also not "far flung" being situated right in the middle of England for easy access to all!
it's off-road, on gravelly hard-packed well made trail
the scenery is stunning
there's a beer tent at the finish
I refuse to believe any of these others are better
without wishing to get into a slanging match, BEACHY IS BEST.
Trestle tables at every water stop, just groaning under the weight of freshly baked buns 'n' cake, fruit direct from the market that morning, three pubs enroute selling Harveys Best, free meal at the end; why, there's even a tartan clad bagpiper up on the Downs (not sure why though) sending them on their way.
and you don't have to go oop north to get there!
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