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5 Marathons to incorporate into your holiday

02 May, 2012 0 comments

 

Marathons Abroad

Training for a Marathon but still want to get Abroad? 5 Marathons to incorporate into your holiday.

As marathon season gets well under way, thousands up and down the country are doing their bit for charity or for their personal fitness. These exciting marathons could give you the satisfaction (or earnings for charity) as well as the holiday you need. If you’ve been inspired, but haven’t signed up yet, why not incorporate training into your holiday? Call it warm weather training! Here’s your guide to five marathons in some of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.

 

Sharm el Sheikh - The Pharonic Race and the SharMarathon                      November 2012

The yearly Pharonic race was first conceived of during a 1970s excavation by Egyptologist Ahmed Moussa, after he unearthed a tablet detailing a 100km race run by King Taharka’s Pharonic soldiers. Runners set off from Fayouim, through Memphis and a few of the lesser known pyramids and the race culminates at the Sakkara Pyramid, south of Cairo. Once the race is finished the after party includes a gala dinner and “folkloric” dancing. A popular alternative half marathon is also run annually in the beach resort of Sharm El Sheikh, within the beautiful Ras Mohammed National Park. Both Marathons happen in November, when the midday sun is most bearable.

Where to Relax and Recuperate

All those weeks or months of training have led to this moment, yes that’s right – relaxing once the race is over! Surrounded by beautiful tropical-style gardens, the Aqua Blu resort is one of the closer resorts the SharMarathon finish line. Choose between 9 freshwater swimming pools and indulge in a drink or two at the swim up bar. Visit here for more information on holidays to Sharm el Sheikh.

How To Enter

To find out more about marathons and other events in Egypt visit the official tourism website here.

 

 

 

Palma de Majorca – 10k, Half and Full Marathon                                     October 2012

PalmaMajorca’s hilly climate and warm weather make it the perfect training ground for runners as well as cyclists. Compared to Egypt the heat could be described as encouraging rather than punishing, which makes it perfect even for the biggest novice. The course takes you through the city of Palma, with the city’s cathedral and palm tree promenades providing a magnificent backdrop for the race. The route continues through the city and along the bay of Palma, so entrants are never short of a view.

Where to Relax and Recuperate

With Majorca only a 2 hour flight from the UK it’s easily accessible for a short break for training or completing a run. The Hotel Nautic in neighbouring Ca’n Pastilla offers visitors on site spa facilities that are perfect for preparation and after care. Visit heremore information on holidays to Majorca.

How to Enter

To find out more on entry to the Palma de Majorca 2012 Run, visit the organiser’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

Lanzarote Ironman – Full Marathon, 3.9km swim and 180km cycle       May 2013

The volcanic beauty of Lanzarote provides a stunning route for this epic Ironman challenge. Athletes face the challenges of rocky terrain and steep climbs in the bike ride and marathon, whilst warm waters mean that the swimming conditions can be quite pleasant (if a 3.9km swim is your idea of fun!). This Triathlon has a time limit of 17 hours for completion and runs in the order of; swim, cycle, run. The cycle and marathon take the athletes around the whole island, including climbing the mountainous landscape around Timanfaya National Park. Participants that finish this race within the 17 hours can forever be known as ‘Ironmen’! (Ladies can take part too.)

Where to Relax and Recuperate

The Hotel Lanzarote Village in the heart of Puerto del Carmen is the perfect spot to recover after the triathlon, with spacious sun terraces and a Jacuzzi to sooth aching muscles. This hotel is within easy reach of the starting line of Ironman and has its own tennis courts if you still feel like more exercise. Visit here for everything you need to know about holidays to Lanzarote.

More Information

For full details about entry and guidelines for Ironman Lanzarote see the website here.

 

 

 

Malta - Marathon and Half Marathon             December 2012/February 2013

Land Rover host a full and half marathon every year in Malta. Since the first marathon in 1986, Malta’s biggest athletic event has seen a steady increase in numbers each year. The race starts in Mdina each February and passes by major Malta towns like Rabat and Ta’ Qali. Before the finish line in Sliema, there is a good flat run of 5km that has stunning views of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The majority of the full marathon entrants is usually made up of British participants, with 349 of the 400 places going to British runners in 2011.

Where to Relax and Recuperate

Thalassotherapy, the medical use of salt water, is taken seriously in Malta. Treat your tired muscles to a good session of thalassotherapy at theFortina Spa Resort in Sliema. Right on the the Mediterranean Sea, the Fortina Spa has a hot, salt-water Jacuzzi with special hydro-massage jets that will relax and repair you muscles in time for a cocktail by the pool. Visit here for more information on holidays to Malta.

How to Enter

To find out more about Malta’s marathons and running events visit the official website here.

 

Lisbon – Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon                                                            September 2012           

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is a US-based phenomenon that’s making its way overseas on a brief European tour, stopping in sunny Lisbon on Sunday 30th September 2012. You can apply to join in even if you’re relatively new to running, and a shorter mini route is available for younger or less able competitors the day before, including a session for grandparents and grandchildren, but either way you’ll be starting on the iconic Vasco de Gama bridge. More experienced runners might like to apply for the elite race on the Sunday, which is an 18km stretch alongside the River Tagus. The really unique thing about Rock ‘n’ Roll events is that the entrants are spurred on by live music from local bands along the way, so there’s always something to keep you motivated as you go. Afterwards you can enjoy a post-run concert with your supporters, if you have any energy left!

Where to Relax and Recuperate

Recharge your batteries with a well-deserved rest at the Corinthia Lisboa’s spa and wellness centre, with facilities including a Relaxation Room and dedicated gym staff to help soothe any post-marathon twinges. Visit here for more information on holidays to Lisbon.

How to Enter

To find out more about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and its other city destinations, visit the official website.

 

 




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