It would be impossible to watch the London Marathon without feeling inspired by the runners taking part. If this year’s event makes you reach for your trainers, why not book your place on one of these European running events?
Whether you can run for 10 minutes or 10 miles, you’ll find the right race for you (including ones for families too!). And if you need that extra incentive, turn your running event into a holiday and stay at perfect places nearby.
Rock’ n ‘roll marathon series, Lisbon (18th October 2015)
Put a little rock’ n ‘roll into your running and book a place on one of these races taking place in Portugal later in the year. There are 3 different distances to choose from, based on your running ability: marathon, half marathon and a “mini” marathon (6 km) especially for families. Even better, all finalists receive a post-race ice cream – sounds like my kind of way to cool down!
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Make a holiday of it at Guincho campsite (33 km from Lisbon) and relax amongst the beautiful pine forest and gorgeous beach nearby.
Prom Classic, Nice (10th January 2016)
Kickstart the new year with this beautiful, coastal race along the Bay of Angels, south coast of France. The flat course is perfect for beginners considering their first 10 km run, and given its close proximity to Nice airport, you’ve no excuse not to bag a cheap flight and fly in for your first challenge!
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Reward yourself post-race with some winter sun at some of the best campsites on the French Riviera. The closest one to the starting line is Green Park (13 km), which has a heated lagoon pool and panoramic views of the Riviera hills.
NN CPC Loop Den Haag, The Hague (6th March 2016)
The Hague is home to the Dutch government and the famous NN CPC Loop, where Kenyan athlete Samuel Wanjiru smashed a world record half marathon time in 2007. Whilst the half marathon is still at the heart of the NN CPC series, you can register to take part in a range of races: 1 km and 2.5 km for kids; 5 km and 10 km for adults.
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Marathona di Roma, Rome (3rd April 2016)
The 22nd Rome marathon will be taking place next spring and challenges runners to race 42 km through the Italian capital. If you’re not quite up to racing into double digits, you could register to take part in Romafun instead. This non-competitive, 5 km run invites 80,000 participants to walk, jog and race their way through the city – register now for just €8,00.
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Continue your Italian holiday at I Pini Family Park (35 km from Rome), where you’ll find plenty of organised fun for the family on parc and the lovely owners will even organise airport transfers if you need them too!
We’ve reached the finish line of our countdown of European running events. Have you been inspired to register for any of them? Share your training journey with us over Facebook and Twitter. Good luck!
(Header photograph courtesy of Matt Caville, 2013 London Marathon)