• Marathon Aspirations

    by  • December 27, 2015 • Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Belgrade, Bergen, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cannes, City Breaks, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dresden, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Girona, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madeira, Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Marseille, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Naples, New York, Nice, Oslo, Palermo, Palma, Paris, Porto, Prague, Reykjavik, Riga, Rome, Rotterdam, Salzburg, San Sebastian, Seville, Sport, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tromso, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Zagreb, Zurich

    Start 2016 with a spring in your step and a place in one of Europe’s city marathons.

    If your festive indulgences have left you approaching 2016 full of well-intentioned resolutions to get in shape, then it’s more than likely that you’re not alone! No matter how dedicated you start the New Year, it’s often difficult to keep the training motivation levels high when the cold and dreary January weather offers little of an incentive to get outside and embrace the wintery climes, especially when there’s a good film on the television and a tin of shortbread left to finish!

    So what better incentive to dig out the running kit, muddy up those pristine trainers and tackle the winter head on than signing up for 26 miles of marathon heaven/hell (delete as appropriate!) in one of Europe’s major cities? Not only will you be able to take in some of the most memorable city sightseeing as you pound the streets past some of the finest and most famous landmarks, you’ll also get yourself in tip-top condition in the process and be cheered on for your efforts every step of the way. From Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Arc de Triomphe of Paris, the Coliseum of Rome to Cologne’s cathedral, here’s a roundup of marathon events across Europe in 2016, guaranteed to provide a short break with an extra spring in its step.

    31 – Funchal

    21 – Girona, Seville
    28 – Malta, Naples

    13 – Barcelona
    20 – Marseille

    3 – Bratislava, Milan, Paris
    9 – Bordeaux
    10 – Rome, Rotterdam, Vienna
    16 – Belgrade
    17 – Antwerp, Hamburg
    24 – London, Madrid, Zurich
    30 – Bergen

    1 – Salzburg
    2 – Belfast
    8 – Geneva, Prague
    15 – Krakow, Riga
    22 – Copenhagen
    29 – Edinburgh

    4 – Stockholm
    18 – Tromso (Midnight Sun)
    26 – St Petersburg (White Nights)

    13 – Helsinki
    20 – Reykjavik

    11 – Tallinn, Vilnius, Wroclaw
    17 – Oslo
    18 – Kiev
    25 – Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw

    2 – Brussels, Cologne, Lisbon, Turin (TBC)
    9 – Bucharest, Budapest, Munich, Zagreb (TBC)
    16 – Amsterdam, Palma
    23 – Dresden, Venice
    30 – Dublin, Frankfurt, Ljubljana

    6 – New York, Porto
    13 – Athens, Istanbul, Nice to Cannes, Palermo
    20 – Valencia, Verona
    27 – Florence, San Sebastián

    TBC – Málaga


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.