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18 March 2021   |   Blog   |   

Spring into Training – Planning for a Busy Autumn Marathon Season!

The days are getting longer and the daffodils are out, and all that can mean only one thing… Spring has well and truly sprung.

It’s time to put away those base layers and winter gloves, and look forward to summer!

Here at Sports Travel International however, it’s not only the summer we’re looking forward to. The autumn marathon calendar for 2021 looks absolutely stacked! Loads of the big events we know and love are making a comeback and, after the disappointment of 2020, we can’t wait!

So, to get you in the mood for some summer training and planning for the season ahead, here’s our rundown of a few of the world- class Half and Full Marathons, that we know will make the 2021 autumn marathon season one to remember!

Amazing Autumn Halves


Paris Half Marathon

When? 5th September 2021


The Paris Half Marathon is basically the ultimate sight seeing tour around the City of Light! The atmosphere at this event is always incredible. With upwards of 40,000 runners on the course you are sure to find the motivation for a great run, and live musical entertainment will keep your spirits high the whole way round. The new course both starts and finishes right in the iconic city centre. However, just as with previous editions of the race, you will be able to see all the most famous sights of the city as you run. Highlights of the course include, Bastille, Rue de Rivoli, Hôtel de Ville, Quais de Seine, the Bois de Vincennes and its Château, and Pont de Tolbiac.

Enjoy this sightseeing race as a package with Sports Travel International from just €185, or as an Entry Only event at €90

Great North Run

When? 12th September 2021


The Simplyhealth Great North Run is simply on of the biggest and best half marathon events in the world. The Great North Run will be celebrating its 40th edition in 2021, and it is sure to be one of the biggest running parties EVER! Just a short hop over the sea from either Dublin or Belfast, the Great North Run makes for the perfect short break, with the added bonus of participating at one of the world’s greatest running events thrown in! There is no time limit at GNR, so it is the perfect event for beginners, walkers, or those wanting to throw on a crazy costume and raise some money for charity!

Prices from €270, for the ultimate half marathon experience with Sports Travel International 

Polar Circle Half/ Full Marathon 

When? 30th/ 31st October 2021


This polar adventure is quite literally the coolest race on Earth! We’re delighted to have massively increased our range of adventure marathon and half marathon experiences in recent months. Whether it’s the African savanna or the Polar icecaps, we have race options to suit every taste. The polar marathon and half marathon offer a truly once in a lifetime experience, to run in a landscape almost untouched by human activity, one of the planet’s last wildernesses. Optional excursions include a tundra exploration tour and the chance to see the legendary Northen Lights. With only a very limited field (150 runners) this race is sure to sell out every year!

Enjoy the coolest race on Earth, with loads of optional extras from Sports Travel International 

Awesome Autumn Marathons 


Medoc Marathon 2021 

When? 11th September 2021 


The Medoc Marathon is about celebrating all things the good life! This is not just a race; this is a party! It’s compulsory fancy dress, it’s wine and local delicacies like cheese and oysters at the aid stations. It’s about having the best time possible, on a beautiful course through the vineyards of France. The Medoc Marathon is always a sell out event. People flock from around the world to take part in this truly unique running extravaganza. The theme (and dress code) for the 2021 Medoc Marathon is cinema. This is a race you have to see (and take part in) to believe!

Return to racing by having a blast in Bordeaux, from just €389 with Sports Travel International 

The Great Wall Marathon

When? 25th September 2021 

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Established in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon is the original adventure marathon experience. This varied course includes segments on the goat trail as well as a climb up over 5000 steps on the Great Wall of China itself. The Great Wall is indisputably one of the world’s greatest feats of human engineering a bucket list tourist site. You can combine one of the world’s top destinations with one of the world’s most sought after adventure marathons with the Great Wall Marathon this autumn. There are loads of optional extras and tour extension packages on offer, to ensure that this is one race experience you’ll remember for a lifetime! Half Marathon and 8.5 km options also available.

Take on the World’s Original adventure Marathon with Sports Travel International this year!

Virgin Money London Marathon 

When? 3rd October 2021 


Autumn 2021 is going to be a pretty MAJOR deal for marathon runners around the world. As it stands, all 6 Marathon Majors are due to take place in a matter of weeks! The Virgin Money London Marathon has been postponed and will now take the form of an autumn marathon. London is the worlds biggest charity marathon.  Since starting in 1981, it has raised over €1,000,000,000 for various charities. It is also the world’s biggest, annual, 1 day charity fundraising event. 2021 will see the 40th edition of the mass participation London Marathon. This year the race has ambitions to become the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world. An incredible 100,000 runners are to take part in London on Sunday 3 October, while at the same time, 50,000 people will also run the marathon virtually.

Be a part of history at the London Marathon 2021 with Sports Travel International. If you wish to fundraise for one of our nominated charities, please email us at for details.

Tokyo Marathon 2021

When? 17th October 2021


The world’s newest, and the only Marathon Major to take place in Asia, the Tokyo Marathon returns this Autumn after almost a 2 year absence! There is a real appetite for distance running in Japan. The top marathoners are among the most famous sports stars of the country. The Tokyo Marathon is notoriously difficult to get into. The ballot is heavily over subscribed and there are very few ‘good for age’ places available. However, you can guarantee your place on the start line with packages from Sports Travel International. Optional extras such as sight seeing tours, the International Friendship Run, and the much coveted Tokyo Marathon Jacket, are sure to make this marathon major the running trip of a lifetime.

Run the newest marathon major with Sports Travel International. Full tour packages start from €2399.

TCS New York City Marathon 

When? 7th November 2021


The big race in the Big Apple. The TCS New York City Marathon is without a doubt one of the most iconic running events in the world. 2021 will see the 50th edition of the event, and it will not be a running engagement to miss!  The course of the New York City Marathon takes you on a wonderful whirlwind tour. As you run you will pass through all 5 of the cities boroughs (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan), each of which has its own character, energy, and of course crowds, before finishing in the legendary Central Park.

“New York is the marathon that all the biggest stars want to win, but has also been the stage for an array of human stories more vast than any other sporting event. ”
-Grete Waitz, winner of 9 NYC marathons

You can take on the biggest of races in the big apple with Sports Travel International this year!

Athens Authentic Marathon

When? 14th November 2021 


Because we can’t talk about the world’s best marathons without mentioning where it all began. To say that Athens has a strong marathon pedigree is somewhat of an understatement. According to legend, ancient Greek herald Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Sparta (around 150 miles), to request military aid in the battle of Marathon, before running back to the battlefield (another 150 miles). After the battle, he ran a further 25 miles, to Athens, to announce Greek victory. His last words are said to be “we have won”. It was also here, in 1896, that the marathon was revived for the first modern Olympic games. The current marathon course follows that original Olympic route from the ancient city of Marathon to Athens Olympic Stadium, where a finish worthy of champions awaits!

Race back where it all began with Sports Travel International at the Athens Authentic Marathon. Full packages available from just €390.


Still Struggling For Motivation?

If Autumn still feels a long way off, and you’re struggling to find that all important motivation, why not check out the Virtual Irish Runner Series 2021, from our friends at Ireland Athletics. The next event in the series is the Virtual 5 Miles, which is due to take place over  27th – 28th March.

Everyone entering these events must adhere to the latest social distancing and HSE guidelines in relation to Covid-19.

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