The Lanzarote Ironman in May every year is considered to be one of the toughest Ironman Triathlons in the world. Taking in Lanzarote's beautiful scenery from the sea to the mountains, it includes a swim at Playa Grande, a bike ride that climbs 2,500 metres and a run along the flat seafront of Puerto del Carmen.
Barbados plays host to an annual 3-day road-running event at various spots across the island’s southwest corner. The 2016 Run Barbados Marathon Weekend is in December, and there are races suitable for all ages and abilities. In St Lawrence, there’s the more relaxed Fun Mile around St Lawrence Gap and Dover. It doesn’t cost much to enter, and as it usually takes place in the evening you can treat yourself to dinner and a celebratory drink once you’ve crossed the finish line.
Head to Spain’s Costa Brava and you’ve got some amazing running trails to chose from in the hills around Lloret de Mar. There are paths for running and hiking that wind their way along the coast, from Blanes in the south, to Tossa de Mar in the northwest. And inland, the routes weave through forests of pine and holm oak.
The Costa del Sol provides a real smorgasbord of running routes, from the mountains surrounding Malaga city, to a round-trip trail in Puerto Banus. There are trails that would suit a quick jog and others that will take you a couple of hours. For a morning jog with some sightseeing along the way, make your way through the glitzy town of Puerto Banus, often referred to as the Spanish St Tropez. Start early from the harbour, and head either 1.5km to Playa Nueva Andalucia, or 2.5km to Playa Rio Verde. More experienced runners will love the 10km or 22km circuit around the Montes de Malaga, the mountains surrounding the city.
Greece is the home of the original marathon. In 4900BC, Greek messenger Pheidippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon all the way to Athens, clocking up a colossal 26.2 miles. If you fancy following in his footsteps, the Athens Marathon takes place every year in November. Or, head to the island of Kos and run or hike to the top of Mount Dikeos. The island’s highest peak, it’s zigzagged with walking trails made by locals who come here to pick wild herbs. The reward for reaching the top will be stunning views of Kos.
The Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace is an adults-only property right on the beach. Stylish and relaxed, it’s the perfect place to unwind – runner or not.
For those taking part in the Fun Mile around St Lawrence, Southern Palms is a good base. Located on a white sand beach it’s the best incentive to get to the finish line.
Moments from Puerto Banus, the Hotel H10 Andalucia Plaza is ideal for those wanting to jog past the glitz of Spain’s very own St Tropez.
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