Alternative marathons


I have entered FLM and been following the various "am I in" threads with interest. Well done Josie Jump in particular for all the amateur sleuthing. It's amazing how many people seem to be sweating buckets over whether they get in or not..

What alternative marathons are people pencilling in if rejected? Or are you all going to sulk and do half marathons instead?

Does anyone have any experience or know anything about:

Rotterdam (Apr)
Copenhagen (May) ?

Also why is it that the UK has virtually no decent second marathon (I'm just talking PB potential forget the crowds)




  • Lochaber

    (anyone who's anyone's doing it)

    Fast, flat, friendly.
  • "no decent second marathon (I'm just talking PB potential"??

    2nd?? some would say other ones rate more highly than FLM - depends on your outlook

    so - Abingdon or Cardiff - dead flat both of them and very good

  • I guess. However both Abingdon and Cardiff are in october was looking for a spring one around the same time as FLM, ready to use all the excellent base mileage have been / will continue to put in!

    What about Lake Vrnvwy or whatever its called - the worlds most unpronouceable race other than the Llanfairpg 10km!!
  • I am doing Lochaber if rejected for London. Its very flat and a week after London.

    Did it last year and enjoyed it, just hoping to be a little bit faster this year.
  • I've read on their website that the Halstead marathon in Essex is a good one. Its about 5 weeks after FLM. I think I'll be going for that one.
  • A group of us did Copenhagen this year, and we nearly all got PB's despite the high temperatures. (16-20 degress and very sunny)
    Plusses were
    Easyjet from Stansted
    Well organised, excellent food at the finish
    Good pacers (they swap for fresh legs at half way)
    Copenhagen is a lovely city to visit
    Hotels, eating very expensive
    Route was fairly flat but littered with kerbs, parked cars, narrow paths - worst of all cyclists giving drinks to their friends
    Drinks in plastic cups - and the sports drinks tasted horrible if you picked one up by mistake.

    I think there is still a Copenhagen Tread running, so you might like to ask there for more info - RichK had a good website of his own with useful info.

    We all enjoyed it, but I'm not sure we will be going back.
  • Hi what about Paris?? you get in straight away no waiting to find out..same month as flm..a quick hop over the water..a good weekend and you can bring back some booze.
  • If you need more time to prepare Edinburgh was good last year. Interesting course.Well organised. Classy medal. Not at all flat though so no PB potential.
  • debbodebbo ✭✭✭
    Arthur's seat is being taken out of Edinburgh marathon for 2005 though Waffle, so it will be a faster course.
    Edinburgh is 39 quid entry fee for 2005, daylight robbery.
  • Has anyone done Zurich before?
  • Lake Vyrnwy would be good (the half is brilliant) except it's been cancelled. See threads on Events and General.

    The two I have in mind as alternatives to FLM are Lochaber and Paris. Both in same month as FLM.
  • Rome is a great marathon, usually 3 weeks before FLM. Fairly flat but tough as there is around 8k of cobbles and very twisty at about 15 miles as you go through the old city. Plusses, you can see all the sights in Rome and you start and finish at the Colleseum!

  • Turin marathon is always on the same day as FLM every year (17/04/05)

    I had looked at doing this as I went through the whole "am I in am I not in" bollox" last year but I decided that as it would be my first (and probably last)that it would be better to do something nearer to home.

    In the end I did Shakespeare which is always 7 days after FLM. Next year it is on 25/04/05.

    It has a 13.00 start. Entries are open.
  • Im looking for a first marathon (done a half and a few 10ks so looking to increase distance) and was thinking about the Shakespeare (didnt get in the FLM). Can anyone comment on the route/organisation etc etc. Would it make a good first marathon?
  • I have boinged a thread in Events
  • Thanks! Not an inspiring thread, Im beginning to wonder if I should pick another one to do first time!
  • If you can wait until October there's Dublin. I did it this year - my first - and really enjoyed it. There's a thread on Events (tho' it's probably a while since anyone posted on it so it might take some finding).
  • Rachel

    If you do a search at the top of the forum page then there are loads of threads on Shakespeare marathon for 2003 and 2004
  • Paris is practically identical to London in terms of course profile, likely weather conditions, number of runners and tiresome pre-race expo.

    It doesn't have quite as many people at the sides shouting "keep going!", people in amusing costumes or the Isle of Dogs, but then again it does have a wine station at 42K, the best start of any race other than maybe New York, and you can sign up and get your number today.

  • Edinburg organisation wasa terrible! ran out of drinks :(
  • anyone done Stockholm?
  • spring marathon dates:

    3 March Rome
    10 April Paris & Rotterdam
    22 May Prague & Vienna

    Or you could join me in Mannheim on 21 May for an evening marathon! Starts at 17:30

  • Stockholm is great- It is not as big as some of the larger european marathons but the support is generally good, the organisation is second to none..
    The conditions are also generally good. Because it is in June I found it easier to train for as my highest mileage was done in March and April when the sun is coming back up and the weather kinder
  • rotterdam was wonderful last year. easy to get to, brilliant organisation, completely flat and RW pacers should you need them :-)

  • Paris has 'the best start of any race other than maybe New York' TMAP? Not in my book.

    Berlin beats Paris into a cocked hat in all respects, the start, the course, the spectators, the weather, everything. Even though it's an autumn race not a spring one.

    I didn't like Paris. Too many underpasses.
  • Thanks for the opinions everyone.

    Rotterdam does seem to be the best spring bet, shame its not an obvious city to want to visit. The Halstead marathon in sunny Essex also looks interesting - not heard of that one before.

    The choice for autumn events does look better - dublin, abingdon, berlin etc

  • Just got to this thread through the RW newsletter. Can anyone recommend any other good UK Spring marathons. Have competed in Shakespeare Mara. 3 times now and fancied a change (as a, I presume, 4th time FLM reject).
  • How's about Prague?

    About 4 weeks later in May.

    It's definitely my second choice - flat, by the river and a fantastic city. Has anyone any comments?

  • I am going for Belfast never done it before ,two weeks after FLM.
    Cheap flights by easyjet,already booked.
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