If you’ve got the running bug, the 2018 Eurosport Malta International Challenge Marathon will provide your fix. This unique three-day event kicks off with a 16 km race to be held in Siggiewi; day two takes you to Marsascala for a 5 km run; and day three offers hardcore running addicts a serious challenge, with a 21 km race around Bugibba. The races add up to a full marathon over the three days. That makes it a whole lot easier to run, especially since you can enter as a relay team! Why not team up with your colleagues and run this together? Working together is much more fun than doing it alone.

When is it happening?

The race runs over the 23rd, 24th and of November 2018.

How much does it cost?

Individual registration costs €100 but you can also enter as a relay team for €90. Registrations close on the 17th November.

Where will I be running?

The Siggiewi 16 km event starts at 1pm and takes runners south from the village, heading to the Siggiewi bypass and then towards Ghar Lapsi. The route continues towards the cliffs, passing by the temples of Mnajdra and Hagar Qim. You’ll run past the Blue Grotto then on towards Kirkop, before looping back round to end in the Siggiewi Main Square. It’s hard to imagine a more spectacular route.

The 5 km leaves from Marsascala at 2pm and goes to St. Thomas’ Bay and beyond. The start and finish are in the same place, at the church.

The final day’s 21 km run starts at St. Paul’s Bay at 8 a.m. near the Bugibba Salt Pans and heads into Qawra Square. It winds towards Naxxar then Ghadira, on the way to Burmarrad, and comes down Triq Ghajn Tuffieha, between Ghajn Tuffieha beach and Xemxija, before going to St. Pauls. The finish line is at the Bugibba Aquarium and Qawra point.

Who came up with this cunning three-day plan?

Barry Whitmore invented the event in 1991 for runners who wanted a marathon experience without having to power it out in a single day. More than 5000 running enthusiasts from nearly 30 countries have taken part since the event’s inception. Sign up today, and you could be joining them on the Siggiewi starting line.

Suitable for?

Participants must be over 17 years old.

How do I register?

Register and find out more at maltachallengemarathon.com.

They say…

"Malta’s only multi-day race, a staple event on the Maltese athletic calendar, attracting locals and foreigners alike. Spread over a period of three consecutive days, athletes cover a distance which measures exactly 42.195km. The race passes through some of Malta's most scenic routes. A must do on every runners' racing calendar!”

We say…

If you’ve got aspirations of running a marathon but are worried about your stamina, this is the perfect solution. Three comfortable days of running in world class scenery… sign up before you chicken out.

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By Helen Raine