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Edinburgh is in may, but has been organisational chaos last couple of years, not sure about it.Big race atmosphere, but they need to get themselves organised.
Lochaber for a complete change of scene- usually between 1-2 weeks before VLM, less than 500 runners, stunnig scenery, no screaming crowds, nice cup tea and cakes in sports hall after, no travel/ parking problems, flat course- yup, it's my favourite. (scottish weather permitting)
Want another London based event?
How about the London ultra?
It is a 31 mile race through the heart of London, and it is essentially a trail race. The course covers parks, river towpaths, forest trails, and it is easy to forget that you are running through one of the biggest cities in the world.
If you intend to run/walk then a 50k ultra would be better suited to you than a city marathon. Everybody will be doing it. Also, there is no time limit for that event.