What are the marquee runs in 2013 like London Marathon, Great North Run etc.

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19/09/2012 at 11:50

Hi all, im planning on doing a few proper events next year, already got a spot for the London Marathon and im going to apply for the Great North Run but besides that what other main running events are they in the UK. Might try the Jersey marathon in October also.


19/09/2012 at 11:55

What do you mean by 'proper' and 'main'?  

Are you just interested in tick-off-the-list events like GNR and VLM, or do you want to do challenging, interesting races?

19/09/2012 at 12:06

Tick off the list events, Ive done London and New York. Im entering a few local ones like Leeds 10k.

19/09/2012 at 12:07

most events have a marquee, usually used for registration or storing luggage 


19/09/2012 at 12:25

Halstead marathon doesn't have a marquee, just a gazebo.

cougie    pirate
19/09/2012 at 12:28

GNR is busy. Not so much of a race as an event for most people.  TBH you'd be better off doing smaller more scenic races.  Keswick Half - Great Langdale Half/Full.

No tents but pubs are close.

19/09/2012 at 12:51
After watching the GNR on Sunday I've now ticked it off my "to do" list. It just looked so busy and about 30% of people were wearing I pods.
Not my idea of fun at all, although loads of people seem to love that sort of thing.
BTW the Stratford Shakespeare marathon had a marquee but it was starting to get a bit flooded last yr with all the rain.
19/09/2012 at 13:09
As a general guide for the potential contents of your bucket list, include any race that has the word "Great" in its title. If it says its great, then it has to be doesn't it? This will include

Great North Run
Great South Run
Great Eastern Run
Great East Anglian Run
Great Cumbrian Run
Great North West HM
Great Welsh Marathon
Great Bentley Half Marathon

For me they all sound at bit tedious, except for the Great Bentley race which is a gem.
19/09/2012 at 13:24

UTMB. Thats a proper event.

19/09/2012 at 13:49
Comrades ? Although I imagine that might have a kraal rather than a tent
19/09/2012 at 13:53

Confucious says: the smaller the race, the shorter the queues for the loos.  Wise old man.

I do love the big events like London, but also have a huge soft spot for quirky local races.  One of their main advantages is that the exchange rate is something like 5-10 quirky local races to the Great Run.

19/09/2012 at 13:59

FWIW I got a pb at the Great North Run on Sunday, so it is possible. Oh, and I wasn't wearing an Ipod 

19/09/2012 at 14:16
Joolska wrote (see)

Confucious says: the smaller the race, the shorter the queues for the loos.  Wise old man.

Bike events (even large bike events) are great - never, ever a queue for the ladies

LIVERBIRD    pirate
19/09/2012 at 14:24

GNR you just drop em and pee wherever you be.

Even girls.

19/09/2012 at 14:25
Thought that was just Saturday night in the Bigg market ?
19/09/2012 at 14:25

I've peed in the bushes in the grounds of the Sandringham estate 

Cos I'm well posh.

Edited: 19/09/2012 at 14:26
19/09/2012 at 14:36

I've peed in the vineyards in Bordeaux... because there were no loos on route.

After trying a bit of both - I prefer smaller events, because:

  • better comradery amongst runners (i like chatting to strangers)
  • smaller field means smaller queues for tea/loos
  • less stress and hassle in the first few miles trying to find pace
  • less stress in running past walkers after 1/2 mile

Don't me wrong - London holds a close place in my running heart - but i'll choose a smaller local race anyday!

19/09/2012 at 14:46
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)

GNR you just drop em and pee wherever you be.

Even girls.

Yep, I used some shrubbery last year 

19/09/2012 at 14:48

Attempting to be more helpful, there are plenty of big city half marathons (Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bath, etc.) and 10ks (Bupa 10000 in London, etc.) which you can add to and tick off your list if you wish, Mark, but do try the smaller events, too.  Why not start with a parkrun (free timed 5k held on Saturdays) to experience the smaller event feel?

19/09/2012 at 15:09

I may be wrong, but I think the OP is more interested in the ones that other people have heard of.

You know, proper events!

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