4 Mar

Berlin Beckons

Berlin marathon runners

Places for this year's Berlin marathon have now sold out, but British runners can still get race entries through specialist travel company, Sports Tours International. One of the six majors, Berlin is regarded as the fastest marathon in the world and will see around 40,000 competitors take to the streets of the German capital on 29 September.

Eight world records have been set at the race, the most recent of which being Patrick's Makau's 2:03:38 performance in 2011. Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, recorded the fastest marathon debut in history at last year's event, finishing second to compatriot and training partner, Geoffrey Mutai, who completed the course in 2:04:15.

The race starts in the centre of Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, taking runners out to the west of the city, before heading east past the Reichstag and television tower. The route then leads down to the south west of the city; passing the iconic Kaiser-Willhelm Church and Postdamer Platz. The finishing straight is on one of Berlin's most famous streets, Unter den Linden, with the finish line just through the Brandenburg Gate.

To check out the travel packages on offer, visit the Sports Tours International website.