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Published January 22nd 2013
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Top Runs 2013

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Get your trainers on and start running; there are plenty of marathons and running challenges that you can sign up for this year that are all great fundraising opportunities for Marie Curie. You can support the charity by registering for a run and joining Team Daffodil. So whether you take part in a Great Bupa Run, get messy with Mud Madness or want to go the Whole Hog, whatever part of the country you're in, there will be something going on near you. Here are just some of the events taking place, but you can see the full list here.

Half Marathons

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Bath Half Marathon
3rd March, 9am-3pm, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4BX

The 'Bath Half' marathon is one of the most popular city runs in the UK, probably because it is a traffic-free route that gives tranquil views of the River Avon. The course is 13.1 miles, and since it is on flat land, the Bath Half is perfect for beginners. Registration is 35 and requires 175 sponsorship.

Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon
14th April, 9am-3pm, Holyrood Park, Queens Drive, Edinburgh

The 13.1 mile course starts in Holyrood Park with a glorious view of Arthur's Seat. You will then run through the city past sites such as Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Castle. Every mile you'll be motivated onwards with live music, and will receive free entry to the post-race concert. Registration is 32 and requires 100 sponsorship.

Plymouth Half Marathon
28th April, 10am, Hoe Park, Plymouth

Run along the promenade with views of the seafront and picturesque Barbican. Register for 20, and raise 200 in sponsorship to enter.

Leeds Half Marathon
2nd May, 9.30am-7.30pm, Millennium Square, Leeds

Is 26 to register, but there is no minimum sponsorship.

Marathon Festivals

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Bournemouth Marathon Festival
5th & 6th October, 9am, Kings Park Drive, Bournemouth

Get some fresh sea air and stunning views as you run along the South Coast. You have a choice of 5km or 10km on the 5th October for 10, or a full or half marathon on the 6th October for 45 or 20 respectively. Sponsorship is between 150 - 500.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
25th & 26th May, 10am, Regent Road, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has been voted the fastest marathon in the UK. You can choose from a run of 5km or 10km on the 25th May for 10, and a half marathon, team relay, or full marathon on the 26th of May for 20 or 45 respectively. Sponsorship is between 150-500.

Other Marathons

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Brighton Marathon
14th April, 8.30am-7.30pm, Preston Park, Brighton

A 26.2 mile course with picturesque views, the Bright Marathon starts at Preston Park, passing the iconic Brighton Pavilion before you reach the beautiful Sussex coastline and the finish at Madeira Drive.

Greater Manchester Marathon
28th April, 9am-4pm, Manchester United Football Club
Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, M16 0RA

The Greater Manchester Marathon is the flattest course in the UK. Registration is 41 and you need 400 sponsorship.

Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon
6th May, 9am-5pm, City Hall, Belfast

With four options on this marathon to Ormeau Park, there is something for everyone: choose a three mile family run, nine mile walk, a marathon run, or a wheelchair marathon.
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Why? Raise money for charity
When: Throughout the year
Phone: 08700 340 040
Where: Across the UK & Ireland
Cost: 10-45 registration, up to 400 sponsorship
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