The 2017 London Marathon provided plenty of inspirational tales, from Josh Griffiths, the self-taught runner who was the first Briton to finish, to Matthew Rees, who helped the exhausted David Wyeth over the line. If you’re now keen to have to be at the starting line for next year’s race, or fancy taking on another of world’s most famous marathons, here’s how to apply…
You’ve got to be quick off the mark to enter next year’s London Marathon, with the ballot for a place in the race opening on May 1 and closing on May 5. If you want to run the race on behalf of a charity, places can be secured via a number of good causes. The London Marathon website has a list of charities with guaranteed spots in the race. There are also ‘good for age’ places available to apply for, reserved for those who have completed marathons at set times for different age groups. The race is scheduled to take place on April 22, 2018. All the information you need is here.
The New York Marathon 2017 takes place on November 5, and for British runners keen to take on the challenge of racing around the Big Apple, your best bet is to book a place through one of the race’s official travel partners, such as Sports Tours International.
Along with London and New York, Berlin is another of the world’s most spectacular city marathons, with this year’s event taking place on September 24. Charity places may still be available to UK runners, with the likes of MacMillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society being given spots in the race, and tour operators also offering race packages.
Head to the Arctic Circle for a truly incredible marathon experience. Runners from across the world flock to Norway each year for this ‘midnight sun’ race, and for those not quite up to the full distance there are shorter options including a half marathon and a 10k race. This year’s race is set for June 17. Find out how to sign up here.
Take on the original marathon course by heading to Greece in November. The course is a tough one, with a gruelling uphill climb, but the ending will be worth it as the race finishes in the Panathinaiko Stadium, which was a site for athletic competitions in ancient times. The 2017 edition is on November 12 and registration information can be found here.