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Europe’s Best Bucket List Marathons

Our European marathon picks for April

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Ever wanted to run a marathon? Well here’s your chance. This April, some of the biggest marathons in Europe will be taking place. On top of getting some great exercise, our picks also offer a chance to explore a new destination.
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Which marathon will you be running?

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The Virgin Money London Marathon

There’s no place as alive as London on marathon day. The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most beloved marathons – and outdoor events – in the world. Over 36,000 participants run through London’s legendary streets and alongside iconic landmarks, including the Tower Bridge, London Eye and Big Ben. Hit your stride straight down the Thames River and beat your personal best as you finish right in front of Buckingham Palace. Keep an eye out for celebrities, professional athletes and creative costumes too. A long-distance run that doubles as a fundraiser, since 1981 the London Marathon has raised a whopping £1 billion for charity. What charity will you be supporting on Sunday the 28th of April?
Register for the Virgin Money London Marathon.

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The Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris

Along with the London Marathon, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (or the Paris International Marathon) is one of the most popular annual long-distance running events in Europe. Around 57,000 participants pound pavement across the beautiful French capital each year, hitting the finish line with unforgettable memories. Starting at the Champs Elysées, the course takes in some of the city's most iconic landmarks, including the Louvre, the Bastille and the Eiffel Tower, before finishing along Avenue Foch with the Arc de Triomphe in sight. This year it takes place on Sunday the 14th of April, making it perfect for a weekend getaway. After running about 42km, go on and celebrate with some traditional French cheese and bread.
Register for the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris.

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The Endurancelife Pembrokeshire Marathon

If you prefer running against a magnificent backdrop of natural landscapes, try the Endurancelife Pembrokeshire Marathon in Wales. Swap the concrete jungle for rugged cliffs, sandy bays and rolling ocean waves. This jaw-dropping scenery makes Britain’s only coastal National Park a picturesque setting for endurance running. In an effort to preserve the coast, the marathon is limited to 500 participants too – meaning you can glide by freely through the crisp country breeze. There might be some tricky climbs and bumpy tracks to navigate, but it’s nothing the glorious views can’t take your mind off. This marathon takes place on Saturday the 27th of April, and runners are advised to secure their spots sooner rather than later. Get in quick.
Register for the Endurancelife Pembrokeshire Marathon.

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The Maratona di Roma

Rome is filled with architectural treasures and historical wonders. The Italian capital city is best explored on foot, so why not sign up for the Maratona di Roma? You’ll have plenty to see as you pass by the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna. Some parts of the city are paved with cobblestones, so remember to wear your sturdiest sneakers. And while Rome might be known as the ‘City of Seven Hills’, the Maratona di Roma (or the Rome International Marathon) is generally flat. There’s even a 5km Fun Run for those who prefer a gentle jog over an endurance test. Rome opens its arms to thousands of runners on Saturday the 7th of April – see you there.
Register for the Maratona di Roma.

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