Endurance runners in the UK have been at it for over a century and the capital city has long been the scene of their exploits. Indeed, the famous Polytechnic Marathon – held regularly in London from 1909 until 1996 – was once Europe’s oldest regularly run marathon. And if this legendary race – often hailed as the greatest marathon ever – is no longer run, London is now home to one of the world’s largest marathon, the Virgin London Marathon (nearly 37,000 finishers in 2012!).
Anyone interested in UK marathons knows that fund raising plays a key role in the country’s running culture with scores of charitable organizations encouraging runners to raise money for medical, humanitarian, animal welfare and other causes. So whether you are keen to help sick children in England, poor families in Africa or even… stray cats the world over, you’re sure to find a charity to run for.
Britons are often thought a modest lot, but this trait doesn’t seem to apply to local marathon organizers who are quick to highlight the superlatives of their favorite race. Did you know for example, that:
Anyway, you get the idea….
Another approach to the UK marathon scene could involve checking in with some of the UK’s most famous historical figures:
How about a celebration of the Immortal Bard with a run around Stratford-upon-Avon for the Rotary Shakespeare Marathon ?
Or a Beatles-fueled run down memory lane (or Penny Lane, if you prefer) at the RunLiverpool Marathon?
Why, you could even try for a Nessie spotting at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon in Inverness. Don’t forget your camera – just in case.