GRTW Runderlust – our look at this weekend’s bucket list races

Pack your binoculars! This weekend’s race round-up takes in sea views from all four corners of the British Isles, and maybe the chance of spotting a sea creature or two…

Loch Ness Marathon (plus 10k, 5k and junior races)

Obviously there’s the stunning loch (lake) and spectacular Highland scenery – but we all know that the real draw here is the search for Nessie…. And what better distraction to get you through 26.2, than the chance of a monster-spot?! 

Prepare for cold weather, splendidly wild isolation (there are few crowds around these parts, though you may get a cheer from a farmer or two) – and hills – those views don’t come for free!

Bournemouth Marathon plus Half, 10k, 5k and junior races

Stunning sea views, crisp Autumnal air and the very best of the ‘English Riviera’ will be on show, as the south coast is home to a new international marathon festival, which covers both Saturday and Sunday and includes a half, 10k, 5k and races for the kids. 
Expect great crowds, beautiful coastal views, and not one but two piers! Did someone say fish and chips?
Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Cardiff Half Marathon


The UK’s second-largest half marathon, and Wales’ largest road race, the route starts outside the fairy tale towers and grounds of the 2000 year old Cardiff Castle, and takes in the Cardiff City Stadium, and the heart of Cardiff Bay, before heading north for a loop of the beautiful Roath Park Lake before the grandstand finish in the heart of the city.  A big city race, which may mean a busy race but lots of fantastic support.
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Galway Bay Marathon (plus half marathon and 10k)

Image Katy Grace

Run your heart out on this fast, flat course, which takes you along Nimmos Pier, the longest seaside promenade in Europe. The scenery is breathtaking with views of the Clare mountains across Galway Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean.

This is a wonderful destination race, where you can recover after the race by sampling some of the Bay’s famous oysters, washed down with a Guinness in one of the city’s brightly painted local pubs, accompanied by the sound of life Gaelic music. And best of all, the race is on Saturday!