10 top marathons

Whats on your 'bucket list'

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11/08/2014 at 13:17

I had a mad idea yesterday that I could do a marathon a year for the next 10 years (just turned 40, so 1 a year till I'm 50) not even done my first yet! So probably will decided it's a very bad idea after. 

But if you could only do 10 marathons which would you do? 

11/08/2014 at 13:25

Which is the mad bit? Don't lots of people run a marathon each spring and each autumn? I only run one a year because I'm lazy.

I like London, but would also quite like to do Boston, Paris, Berlin and Loch Ness.

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11/08/2014 at 13:30

The mad bit is cos its me thinking it! I'm aware 1 marathon a year is nothing for a lot of people. 

Think Boston and Paris will be on most peoples list, they seem to be rated very highly. London has never really interested me but suppose just the size and sceptical of it (is it the biggest marathon in the world?) would make it a great experience.

Loch Ness is going to be my first this year, wanted my first to be something a bit special/ different, but think it's going to leave a lot for any other marathon to live up to. 

11/08/2014 at 14:02

Snowdonia, Loch Ness, Tromso Midnight Sun..

11/08/2014 at 14:03


And the majors

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11/08/2014 at 14:25

Done: London, Paris, Beachy Head
Doing: Berlin

So a couple of Majors ticked off and would like to do the others. Order of interest maybe New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo.

And after Beachy Head and a few other off-road/scenic events, I can see me wanting to do more of the same, possibly once I've run out of "fast" marathon PB potential, but possibly before.  Top of the list at the moment is Mont Blanc, but I'm open to ideas.

11/08/2014 at 14:36

Done and would recommend should be on a top 10:

Berlin, London, Stockholm


Done and wouldn't suggest are a priority:

Dublin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Dartmoor Vale


On my bucket list (but will probably never do):

New York, Tokyo, Boston, Fukuoka, Abingdon

11/08/2014 at 14:41

Definitely have a hankering for Boston, Chicago and New York, so I'd better start saving up for them!

11/08/2014 at 15:17

London, New York,  Lifefitness 97T, and Wales Marathon were my favorites to date.

Would like to do Athens, Boston and Chicago one day.

I think a track marathon would suit you if you are a little cuckoo.

11/08/2014 at 15:34

London is a great day out but not (IMO) a great race for many. But should be on your list.

New York is very similar in many ways to London but a bit more "serious".

Didnt really rate Berlin much - definitely not a patch on the above two.

Boston (if you can qualify ) is an experience and amazing reverance and history.

Rome is one of my favourite big city marathons - at least it goes through all the major sites.

In the UK Brighton is OK but would also look at some of the trail marathons for variety and teh different challenge. 

(Track marathons are incredibly social)

I bet you start planning on one a year and end up doing many more. So many good choices,

11/08/2014 at 15:44

sounds like a great idea and also a good way to see parts of the world!

Personally i have done Berlin (2013) and London (2014) myself, which I would wholeheartedly recommend -  

Berlin for the time and organisation, great course and atmosphere, also recommend having a watch at the rollerskate marathon the day before!  London for the sheer scale of it, probably not a PB event, even if the course is relatively flat - just one to enjoy in my opinion

I have also done Belfast 3 times now and wouldn't recommend it for your list...

11/08/2014 at 15:44

If I had the (free) money I'd probably try either the North Pole or Antarctic marathons.

Closer to home I'd also like a go at the Midnight Sun, Reykjavik and Boston but only if I can run the proper qualifying time. 

PhilPub, if you're looking for scenic off-road, there's always the Greensand mara, a bit like Beachy in terms of climbing. 

11/08/2014 at 15:50

Big city mara's have never appealed, but I could make an exception for Rome 'cause I like history.

of those that I've done I would highly recommend Snowdonia, Picnic, and Loch Ness.


11/08/2014 at 16:37
FerrousFerret wrote (see)

PhilPub, if you're looking for scenic off-road, there's always the Greensand mara, a bit like Beachy in terms of climbing. 



11/08/2014 at 16:48

Done: London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Seville, Brighton, Loch Ness, Barcelona, Beachy Head, Abingdon.  Some more than once.

All have their pros and cons.  London is on the never again list (but never say never again eh?) as is Brighton (too many out and backs).

I would love to have a go at either Greensands or Picnic, mostly because they are local and tough (I wouldn't make the cut off times at the mo).  And the rest of the majors... But top of the tree is the Two Oceans Marathon.  Heard so many fabulous things about it.

11/08/2014 at 16:58

Should the Marathon-Athens marathon be on a bucket-list like this?

11/08/2014 at 18:00

everest marathon, ive been obsessed with climbing that mountain my whole life, the costs involved will make it impossible for me, but a run to base camp is a great way for me to step foot on it. 

11/08/2014 at 18:31

Done : Belfast, Dublin, Derry, Majorca , Great Welsh , Mourne Way, Causeway Coast and Donegal (next weekend)

Would like to do : London, Boston ,NY and I would love to do the marathon de sable or the Russian ice Marathon.

And purely for the cache of really cool medals I would like to do the Disney series 

11/08/2014 at 18:52

add one more to the list to do Tokyo, and new York.

plan is to do new York in 2015 and Tokyo in 2016.   

11/08/2014 at 19:46

I am doing my first marathon next spring, I chose Manchester, because it is supposed to be the flattest one in England.   I will soon find out if that is true hehe

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