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.
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.
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).
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.
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.