From ideal forest trails to shorter routes, Lisburn & Castlereagh has a wide variety to get you prepared for the whole 13.1 miles, challenge yourself with the 10k or take part in the Fun Run this June!
Here are our Top Five picks for the aspiring Marathon athletes, along with extra options for the family supporting you!
The Lagan Valley Tow Path provides an excellent walk full of wildlife and wonder all the way to Belfast! Most noteworthy, the route is 11 miles long with soft surfaced paths away from busy roads. As a result, families and athletes alike can exercise for hours, utilising the many varied locations linked along the way.
Along the Tow Path, Lagan Valley Regional Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Therefore, it features a myriad of areas to explore, exercise and discover. Not only is it the ideal for soft road running and escaping from City life, it is also holding a 50th Anniversary celebratory event on Sunday 21st May. Therefore, while you're getting your fill of exercise, the rest of the family can experience the variety of events at their leisure.
The ever-growing Pure Gym company will be opening their new premises on the Laganbank this June. Which, consequently, is perfect timing for you to cram some more cardio before the Marathon! Their gyms have all the latest gym kit, are open 24 hours a day and feature contract-free memberships.
The two red-graded forest trails allow the casual walker access around the lake and to the back of the forest. As well as this, the track underneath is great for low impact running and provides 1.5 miles for the casual runner as much as the professional. Furthermore, the adjacent Hillsborough Fort is accessible from the lake path, along with other additional areas to elongate the route.
The Leisureplex seems like it has it all. From an olympic pool to aqualand, a vitality gym to a spa - this is the place to go to prepare! In addition to keeping the whole family entertained while you workout, the facilities include a restaurant and function rooms. Most of all, everyone will have a great time and feel the better for it.