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October 08, 2019 0 Comments

There's no two ways about it, The London Marathon is a biggie. Thought of by many as one of the most enjoyable marathons in the world to run, that is if you can get a spot in the first place.

Which is a lot easier said than done, in 2019 a whopping 414,168 runners applied for the London Marathon and of that colossal number roughly 360, 000 were turned down in the initial ballot. And the number is thought to be even higher for the 2020 run, but don't despair Chia Charge is here for you, with a few fun London Marathon Alternatives.

Option One - Find another Marathon

There is no better way to get over the London Marathon’s rejection than to find yourself a rebound Marathon. These might not have the prestige of London but don’t let that sway you, as these races are bags of fun!

You can also download our full Marathon Nutrition Guide here.

Option Two - Hit the Trails

Running through the bustling streets of London might be cool, but you know what else is cool? Getting away from the city and out on the trails, there are tonnes of great off road races run every weekend, here are just a few to choose from. 

  • Hardmoors 26.2 - The most scenic and notoriously long marathons you'll ever run. 
  • The Glen Coe Ring of Steall - A couple of  miles short of a marathon but with more than enough hills and technical descents to make up for it. 
  • Montane Trail 26 - A fantastic series of Trail Marathons in the Lakes 

Option Three - Go Rogue

There are two types of people who want to run a marathon, those who want to run a marathon and those looking for the ultimate test of fitness. If you fit into the latter category we have a few random suggestions for you.

  • The Christie Tower Run - A sprint up the tallest building in Manchester - a crazy 798 steps.
  • The Coniston Swim Run - Run, Swim, Run, Swim on a seemingly endless loop through 45km of the most beautiful English scenery.  
  • The Lakeland 50 - Basically two marathons back to back in the most beautiful countryside. 

 Get the FREE Marathon Nutrition Guide here