Unless you’re really fast or really good at raising a lot of money for charity, the London Marathon is seriously hard to get into. The ballot is hugely oversubscribed every year, so when October rolls around and the ballot results are announced, the majority of people who entered will be left without a spot in the 2020 race.
However, in the same month as the next London event there is another brilliant marathon taking place in another European capital that’s people from the UK can get to easily. And you can sign up to guarantee your spot in that marathon right now.
The Paris Marathon 2020 will take place on 5th April and registration for the event is open now. If you head to the marathon’s website you can secure your spot at a reduced price of €110 (approximately £98), a price that rises to €125 (approximately £111) on 25th November.
Although there is space for over 50,000 runners in the event, it’s still worth moving quickly in case it sells out – 22,000 spots have already been allocated in the pre-registration period. Maybe just wait until the next Brexit development that has a positive effect on the value of the pound happens and go for it then. Be quick before it all goes wrong again.
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The Paris Marathon boasts an especially scenic route for a city marathon, taking in two woods – Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne – alongside all the major landmarks in the city like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre before finishing by the Arc de Triomphe. It doesn’t have the same incredible support as you get at the London Marathon and it’s also hillier, but there’s nothing too steep and there are long downhill stretches where you can pick up the pace with less effort.
If you’ve entered and are wondering how to go about preparing for the race, we have free 14-week training plans to suit different targets, along with a whole load of general advice about the gear and nutrition that can make completing a marathon just that little bit easier.
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.