If it was your New Year’s Resolution to run a marathon for the first time, you've told all your smirking friends you are doing it, you have spent your Christmas money on a treadmill and you've even been out for a January run; do your self a favour and give the extremely hard to get in to London Marathon the cold shoulder. Our list of smaller marathons are, unfortunately, still a gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards long but their locations will help you run with a spring in your step...
We just love this marathon which is set in a European Special Protection Area for over 20,000 birds and follows the trails around an a distractingly picturesque reservoir. November 2012.
Take advantage of Cornwall’s stunning sea views in this Redruth marathon with a really friendly atmosphere amongst the runners and hot pasties at the finish. Watch out for the hills though! 4 March 2012.
We may be a little biased because we go along to support this marathon every year but we love the huge crowds who turn out to support and the wonderfully flat route along the sea front. 15 April 2012.
This is marathon takes in the best of the Oxfordshire countryside whilst running along the Thames. The route is also pretty flat and finishes with a lap around the athletics track. Sunday 21 October 2012.
With over 16,000 runners taking part, the Edinburgh marathon is fantastic spectacle in the historic streets. You can also enter a relay team with three of your mates, each of you running 6.5 miles - allowing you to achieve your New Years Resolution with a little less sweat . 27 May 2012.
Please check all dates with the race organisers. We also recommend you consider our 5 top tips before entering a marathon;