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BOARDING PASS Basque Bonanza


International has added three great new races to its autumn schedule, all in the fashionable Spanish city of San Sebastian. First up is the 2012 San Sebastian 15K on 21 October. Next

comes the Behobia San Sebastian, a 20k event now in its 48th year. Finally there is the San Sebastian marathon on 25 November. The Behobia is the big one. It’s one of the most exciting races in the world. Although only 20km, it has two very hard climbs. One comes after 6km, Gaintxurizketa, which takes 2km to reach 80m in height, the other

Riviera Running

THE GLAMOROUS French Riviera is becoming a running hot-spot with its annual marathon attracting over 10,000 competitors. Debuting in 2008, the race boasts an impressive

backdrop with runners spending the majority of the 26.2 miles along the coast of the Mediterranean. This year’s race, organised for Sunday 4 November, is expected to draw in over 60,000 spectators, and with a personalised bib, runners will enjoy a warm welcome in each of the 7 towns the marathon passes through.

With average temperatures of 14°C, conditions are ideal for a running holiday that is sure to be an enriching experience. More information is available at Sports Tours International’s website.


after 16km, which takes 1km to climb 50m to the top of the Miracruz. You get a just reward though from Miracruz it’s all downhill into San Sebastian itself.

San Sebastian in the Basque country is the perfect place for a short break as the coastal city continues to rack up prestigious prizes for being one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. It is noted for having more Michelin stars per kilometre than anywhere in the world and great visitor attractions include museums, beautiful green parks and an aquarium. There is a buzzing nightlife - the local way is to visit lots of different bars and cafe enjoying a small beer at each one. Visit Sports Tours International’s website to check out all the details.

Seoul Survivor

IF YOU’RE thinking of running a marathon in Seoul, South Korea - you have a choice of two. First held in 1999, JoongAng marathon in November was established to commemorate the race held at the 1988 Olympic Games. Its rival, Seoul International marathon in March, started life in 1931, making it the third longest running road race in Asia.

The JoonAng marathon traces a loop across the city and has a flat, fast course. Taking place in the southeast of the city, it heads into the suburbs towards Seongnam before looping back to finish in the Jamsil Olympic Stadium. Seoul International marathon has a point-to- point format and traces a south-easterly path through the city centre. Go online for more information on JoongAng marathon or Seoul International marathon.

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