• Motivation for a Marathon

    by  • January 6, 2014 • Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, City Breaks, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Malta, Milan, Moscow, Naples, Nice, Oslo, Palma, Paris, Porto, Prague, Reykjavik, Riga, Rome, Salzburg, Seville, Sport, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn, Venice, Verona, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw



    If your Christmas indulgences have left you entering 2014 full of well-intentioned resolutions to get fit, then you’re not alone! No matter how dedicated you start your 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!

    And yet, what better incentive to peel on the lycra, christen those immaculate running shoes and tackle the winter head on than signing up for 26 miles of marathon heaven in one of Europe’s capital cities? Not only will you be able to take in some of the finest city sightseeing as you pound the streets past all manner of famous landmarks, you’ll also get yourselves super fit in the process and be applauded for your efforts every step of the way. From Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to the Arc de Triomphe of Paris, here’s a roundup of marathon events across Europe this year, guaranteed to provide a short break with a difference.


    9              Naples

    23           Malta, Seville


    16           Barcelona

    23           Rome


    6              Milan, Paris, Bratislava

    13           Vienna, London, Athens

    27           Madrid, Krakow


    4              Hamburg, Geneva, Salzburg

    5              Belfast

    11           Prague

    18           Copenhagen, Riga

    25           Edinburgh

    31           Stockholm


    29           St Petersburg


    16           Helsinki

    23           Reykjavik


    14           Cologne, Vilnius, Moscow, Tallinn

    20           Oslo

    28           Berlin, Warsaw


    5          Brussels, Lisbon, Verona

    12         Budapest

    19         Amsterdam, Palma

    26         Frankfurt, Venice, Ljubljana

    27         Dublin


    2          Porto

    9          Nice to Cannes

    16         Istanbul

    30         Florence


    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.