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10 Alternatives to the London Marathon

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Have no fear if you didn't get into the London Marathon 2019! In the Runderwear office, four of us have done London as well as many other marathons and, although it's definitely one for the bucket list, it's not the only marathon around.

To help you through the disappointment of not getting into London this time, we've put together a list of ten equally good marathons in spring 2019.

26.2 is 26.2 eh?

1. Manchester Marathon - 7th April 2019

Fast and flat this early April marathon is a good one for a PB, although it does sell out quickly so best get your entry in soon.

http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com/home/ 

2. Brighton Marathon - 14th April 2019

Starting at Preston Park in Brighton, this is a mainly flat route which takes you through the town and along the seafront. Lots of support and all the feel of a big city marathon.

https://www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk

3. Edinburgh Marathon - 26th May 2019

A little later on in the year, the Edinburgh Marathon offers GUARANTEED entry to anyone who failed to gain entry to the London Marathon.

https://www.edinburghmarathon.com

4. Boston UK Marathon (Lincs not Massachusetts) - 14th April 2019

This marathon doesn't rely on its famous namesake's reputation for entries. Billed as 'the fastest marathon in the UK' why not head off to Lincolnshire next April?

https://www.bostonmarathon.co.uk 

5. Newport Marathon - 5th May 2019

Someone in our office did the inaugural Newport Marathon in 2018 and gave it a big thumbs up! A well organised race on a flat course.

https://newportwalesmarathon.co.uk

6. Blackpool Marathon - 28th April 2019

The half and full marathons both start at the same time, from underneath the iconic Blackpool Tower. 26.2 miles and all the sticks of rock you can buy!

7. Milton Keynes Marathon - 6th May 2019

Leafy streets, tree lined boulevards and a finish in the MK Stadium - what's not to like!

http://mkmarathon.com/enter-events/

8. Windermere Marathon - 19th May 2019

A far more relaxed affair than big city marathons but still incredibley well organised and with a studding route though the Lake District countryside. You'll run a single circuit of Lake Windermere.

https://www.brathaychallenges.com/events/running/marathon

9. North Dorset Village Marathon - 5th May 2019

Let's throw one in that's local to Runderwear HQ! This marathon is as described; 26.2 miles through the Dorset countryside, from village to village. Optimists would call it undulating, realists... 

https://www.ndvm.co.uk

10. Great Welsh Marathon - 14th April 2019

Wales' longest running marathon is set in the beautiful Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park, the course is both flat AND traffic free. Amazing.

Great Welsh Marathon

Or you could try for a charity place in London or try and get Good For Age (or even Championship) starts for 2020!

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