2 Sep

So That Was Summer…?

Petra Desert MarathonAs our somewhat hamstrung Summer limps off for a long rest before returning, hopefully, for a longer season next year, we can now look forward to a fresh and invigorating Autumn, with lots of long distance races to enjoy. To be fair, Summer did manage a few season’s bests in August but it was all too little too late for most of us.

Meteorologically speaking, Autumn came sprinting out of the blocks on Thursday (1st September), so the proliferation of marathons on offer this weekend can be classed as ‘Autumn marathons’, whatever the prevailing weather conditions.

The Petra Desert Marathon in Jordan tomorrow (Saturday, 3 September) is likely to be the warmest event and certainly classes as ‘South’ for inclusion in this review! Runners can expect temperatures well in excess of 30C at this World Heritage Site event, with trips organised by Sports Tours International.

Sports Tours International is also currently hosting a much larger group at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend for a totally different experience. Some rain and high humidity will not detract from the excitement out on the course through the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim, near Los Angeles, USA.

Back in the UK on Sunday (4 September) endurance athletes can choose from the Dunstable Downs Half/20M/Marathon Challenge; Andover Trail Marathon/Half; Fosters Law Kent Coastal Marathon/Half and half marathons at Northampton, Chippenham, Maidenhead, Hackney and Bridgewater.

One of the tougher undertakings over the shorter distance of 10 miles is the Eridge Park Trail Challenge, near Tunbridge Wells and details of this and all the weekend’s events can be found at the runABC South race listing.

Information on plenty more Autumn marathons at home and abroad, plus many other events, is available at the Sports Tours International website.