With January well underway, and a couple of long runs under our belts, lots of us are well and truly back into our Spring Marathon training. We are focused on our “A” race and have a plan to get us there. But what about those who didn’t get into their chosen “A” race. Those who received the sorry you didn’t make it magazine. Where did they opt for instead?

Here our our top 5 alternative April events, that you may like to consider for 2017.

1st April The General 10k Trail Run Winchester

Matterley Estate is a stunning location to host one of the best 10k trail runs on 2017’s calendar. Set amongst ancient woodland, areas of scientific interest, undulating terrain and spectacular views this course will offer everything you’ll need it to be whether you’re a novice runner or a pro. Check out the website here

9th April Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon

Part of The yorkshire Marathon Series, with a city centre start and finish, the event boasts a super scenic route – with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow.

And the race even incorporates a ‘triple test’ giving entrants a chance to be crowned ‘King of the Hill’ or ‘Queen of the Hill’ in a timed hill climb, triumph in a 10K largely-downhill sprint section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.

9th April The Great Ireland Run

Dublin is the capital of the Repubdublinlic of Ireland and is situated on the East coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. The city is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, but there is a lot more to Dublin than the 10 million pints of Guinness produced every day!

Dublin also boasts plenty of medieval buildings to visit, including Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral, not to mention the wide selection of brilliant shopping spots, bars and thriving art quarters.

So why not combine a great city break with the Great Ireland Run and plan your visit to join the Irish leg of the Worlds Favourite Run!

April 23rd – ABP Southampton Festival

With a choice of 10k, Half Marathon, Full Marathon and a 1 mile fun run Southampton has got you covered. Down south and didn’t get into London? Southampton could be for you. Both races start and finish in the heart of Southampton’s city centre with the run course passing iconic local landmarks including Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Mary’s Stadium.

For all event info follow this link

April 30th – The Oswestry Half Marathon,

Our very own new event. Set in a prestige Venue, The British Ironworks Centre, Oswestry, North Shropshire. Just an hour and a half from Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. With a medal designed by a world class sculptor, free professional photography for everyone from the team at Sussex Sports Photo this is sure to be an event that runners will want to finish to get their hands on #YourBestMedalYet.

Cost just £24.50 affiliated and £26.50 non affiliated.  The medal is based on the amazing Spoon Gorilla.