Looking for a Spring Marathon other than VLM or Brighton

any good road marathons in March or April

17 messages
Tommygun2    pirate
19/09/2012 at 14:36

I have done London and Brighton so I am looking for a decent road marathon before London as I like to go and support at London.


19/09/2012 at 14:56

Tommy - I am going to go to Sussex again - not an easy one as it is all either up or down, no flat - but was really well organised, fairly small so no problem parking or getting away at the end. Nice medal and t-shirt too

Tommygun2    pirate
19/09/2012 at 15:09

Oh yeah I had forgotten about that one, when is it ?

19/09/2012 at 15:17

April 7th I think - if that is the Sunday


seren nos    pirate
19/09/2012 at 15:39

Llanelli in April.lovely run by the sea................most peoiple I know have PB'd there...lovely flat course...

Tommygun2    pirate
19/09/2012 at 15:49

Thanks Seren Looks interesting, would mean an over night stay but might not be a problem...

19/09/2012 at 19:10
Stratfords a good un.
19/09/2012 at 19:23

Does it have to be in the UK?

Some suggestions:

  • Rotterdam
  • Paris
  • Duesseldorf
  • Antwerp

Saying that -i've heard great things about Manchester and Sussex. Edinburgh is also listed in the "spring marathons" but it's later than the others.

Tommygun2    pirate
19/09/2012 at 19:37

I was looking at Paris but I am committed to an expensive weekend in Nottingham in July, so a european marathon might have to wait untill 2014.

 I have heard good things about stratford but isn't it on the same day as the VLM. That would be no good as I do like to go and support at Mudchute each year.

19/09/2012 at 21:38
Halstead and Essex in may always gets good reviews too! I'm checking out Blackpool this year!!!
26/09/2012 at 21:25

Evening everyone.

Looking to do a Spring Marathon - I've done London and Edinburgh and really enjoyed them both, I like the bigger events, but annoyingly, dont have the cash to do NewYork - I'm thinking Paris...or maybe Dusseldorf..?

Has anyone run Paris or D'dorf? Really like to here your experiences.


Bobby ....King Cooper

28/09/2012 at 08:34

Hungryconsumer - I did Paris last year, having been rejected by VLM.

The race itself is really well organised, through a beautiful city and very well supported.

Another major plus is that there is a very active - and extremely friendly - thread on Runners World. Very supportive and we even get to meet up on the weekend of the Marathon - before, during and after the run.

I enjoyed it so much that I'll be doing it again next year.

Entries open October 17th - no ballot, pay your money and you're in. although the price goes up in stages as the race fills up. This year, registration opens a little later than last year - but last year it was over a month before it sold out.

28/09/2012 at 16:41

Tommygun why you coming notts? Im from there and would like know of flat marathon april may time.

28/09/2012 at 16:45

I think Stratford is usually the week after London. I doubt the weather will be as bad as last year so might be worth a go

01/10/2012 at 16:34

After my recent Elvis related disappointment I signed up for Manchester next April. A friend did it this year and said that apart from the baggage debarcle the event was organised reasonably well. They also claim to have altered the course for next year, to be the "flattest in the UK" with only 55m of climb. Should hopefully make for a PB (although anything would be an improvement on my first race).

11/11/2012 at 21:03

Has anyone done Rotterdam? Looks flat and fast and the costs look lower than Paris

11/11/2012 at 21:17
When. That as close by and im thinking after two weeks rest in my fashion lets start first marathon training

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