11 May

Going Greek

Greek runner

Following the route taken by Greek soldier Philippides over 2,500 years ago, Athens Classic marathon allows participants to sample history and see where the modern-day marathon originated. Legend has it that Philippides ran from the town of Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persian army at the battle of Marathon and thousands of participants will retrace his footsteps on 10 November this year.

Established in 1972, the Athens Classic marathon also features a 10k and 5k race. The marathon course is undulating and entirely on asphalt - taking in the Marathon Battle War Memorial before passing through the municipality of Pallini then going into the suburbs of Chalandri and Cholargos before heading towards Athens where runners enjoy a spectacular finish at the Olympic Stadium.

Eric Enock from London ran the marathon and described the end as 'the most historic finish for a marathon. A marathon runner's equivalent of playing football at Wembley!'

There are limited places available for the race which you can book through Sports Tours International. For more information, visit the Sports Tours International website.