Five spring marathons that aren’t in London

If you didn’t get into the London Marathon then don’t be disappointed, there are plenty of 26.2 alternatives in the UK. Here are five of the best spring marathons.

Edinburgh Marathon
Sunday 24 May 2020
If you’re looking for a fast and flat route with a great atmosphere in a beautiful city, then look no further than the Edinburgh Marathon. The race is part of a festival of running with events from 5k to the full marathon. And if you weren’t successful in getting a London Marathon place, there’s guaranteed entry for you in Edinburgh.

You’ll start in the centre of Edinburgh before heading out towards Musselburgh. It’s one of the biggest marathons in the UK after London. And with a descent of almost 90 metres is one of the fastest marathon routes.

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon
Sunday 5 April 2020
A flat, fast and friendly marathon with fantastic support along the way. Around 20,000 runners are expected to take part in 2020. And whether it’s your first marathon or you’re chasing a PB, the Manchester Marathon has great support and PB potential without the jam-packed running field of the big city races.

Brighton Marathon
Sunday 19 April 2020
Taking place just before London, the Brighton Marathon has become one of the most popular marathons in the UK. There’s a great atmosphere and support along the way, with the advantage of being on a seaside route.

Blackpool Marathon
Sunday 26 April 2020
It may be smaller and quieter than some of the spring marathons, but the Blackpool Marathon is flat and fast and passes some great landmarks. It’s great for spectators too.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon
Sunday 24 May 2020
If you’re looking for a fun marathon with a great atmosphere, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon is ideal. With more than 30 live bands on the route, there’s definitely a party-atmosphere. The race takes in the city’s sights along the Mersey, finishing with a party at the Albert Dock.

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