Where and when?
Sunday, November, 16, Leicester
What is it?
Now in its third year, the Everards Leicester Marathon is set for an even bigger and better return. Expect a field of around 1000 with competitors running either the half or the full version.
With a half-hour aerobic warm-up courtesy of local fitness instructors and a start at Mallory Park racing circuit, the race will get off to a flyer.
Once you’ve completed a lap of the circuit , the route leaves the Park and travels through the picturesque country lanes and villages of Defford and Markfield. At the seven-mile point, the half-marathon runners peel off and start heading back towards Mallory, with the brave remaining competitors sticking it out for a further 14 heart-busting miles.
As far as terrain goes, it’s the usual undulating test, but with some heights between 90 and 170 metres and three sharp climbs at 12.5, 13.5 and 20.5 miles respectfully. This is certainly not an event for the faint-hearted, with a five hour cut-off point being introduced.
What the organiser says:
“A picturesque course, once again all the proceeds going to the BBC Children in Need appeal." Last year, it raised £9000.
What RW says:
"Known for its excellent marshalling, both events are a test for any athlete."
Watch out for:
The five-hour cut-off point
A free pre- and post-race massage available.
To enter the Marathon: