5 Of The Best Winter Marathons

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Winter can be a hard time for runners. The cold, wet weather makes running outside less appealing, while gyms are full of new members come January. The outside conditions also mean there are fewer races on offer to train for and participate in. However, there are a few around and some abroad that should pique your interest.

Anglesey Coastal Marathon

The Anglesey coastal marathon runs right around the edge of the island and takes place in mid-January. The race has been rated strenuous due to the rough, muddy and rocky terrain along with bracing winds that come with being on the coast. It’s perfect for waking you up on a winter morning.

Miami Marathon

The Miami marathon is unique as it starts at 6am, meaning runners get to see the sunrise as they pound the streets and beautiful waterfront. The route is well lit to prevent any accidents and even though it’s in Miami the temperature can be on the chilly side that early. Around 25,000 people take part in the race every February, with runners coming from all over the world to make it a fantastic occasion.

Heartbreaker Marathon

A mostly off road marathon with the majority of the route on gravel paths, the Heartbreaker marathon also takes place in February. The race goes through the New Forest and starts at 9am, which means it is light enough to take in all the woodland scenery (and see any wild horses that may get in your way).

Redding Marathon

Taking place in Redding, California means this marathon is for those runners looking for a warmer winter climate to race in. The marathon starts at the Shasta Dam and the scenic route just gets better as you run through an old railway tunnel, across various bridges and in between the glorious California countryside. It takes place in mid-January, starting at 8am.

Valentine’s Marathon

Taking place on February 14th, as you would expect, the Valentine’s marathon is a smaller event with only 120 places. It takes place around Stratford-on-Avon and even though there are fewer runners than other marathons there are still plenty of refreshment points. Running with your partner is not an essential element of the marathon.


To ensure you’re well equipped to take part in any of these marathons, head over to: e-outdoor.co.uk. If you’ve left it too late to book a place on any of these this year, don’t worry as there are plenty more out there.


About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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