Marathons in Europe

If you like to run and like to travel, there are lots of great European marathons to choose from.  If you have never thought further than London before, it’s time to extend your horizons.  From Athens to Rome, Siberia to Istanbul, the choice of European Marathons is spectacular.

For those who like city centre marathons, the choice is almost endless, with almost all big cities hosting an annual marathon these days.  Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Athens, Milan, all of them make great choices for runners.  However, if your goal is to run a personal best, then you should strongly consider Berlin.

Berlin has everything you would want from a big city marathon – enthusiastic crowds, 40,000 runners, a wide range of historical sights, and, of course, a flat fast course.  It has seen several world records set, including the current marathon world record, set by Haile Gebrselassie.  You might not be up for a world record, but it is certainly a good choice if you want to set a personal best.

At the other extreme, you will find events like the Mont Blanc Marathon.  Each year 2000 runners take on this challenge, starting in the legendary ski town of Chamonix, then taking a trail up the mountain via some beautiful villages such as Montroc, Buet and Vallorcine, which is close to the Swiss border.  You’ll pass legendary sights such as the Tour glacier and the Aiguilles Rouges massif before finally staggering across the finish line at Planpraz.  You won’t set a PR here, but you will have completed a spectacular and challenging race.

Whatever type of race you like, whatever climate you prefer – warm and sunny through cold and snowy – you’ll find something to meet your needs.