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Frankfurt marathon

With only Germany having more participants at the event, BMW Frankfurt marathon is something of a home away from home for British runners. The German financial centre attracted nearly 400 competitors from the UK last year with that number expected to increase at this year's event onSunday 27 October.

Like its Berlin counterpart, the course is flat, fast and highly conducive to a PB. The current course record stands at 2:03:42, set by Wilson Kipsang in 2011 (just four seconds short of the world record set by Patrick Makau at the German capital a month previously). It features wide, open roads with a height differential of just 27.8 metres over the 26.2 miles.

Runners go past old opera house

The first section takes runners through the city and its eye-catching skyline before going onwards to the area of Sachsenhausen then to Hochst, back along Mainzer Landstrabe through the city centre and ending with a film star finish on the red carpet at the Festhalle.

As well as the marathon there is a Pretzel Breakfast Run on Saturday 26 October which many runners use as a warm-up for the main event. The 5K race allows participants the chance to sample some traditional Frankfurt pretzels washed down with Apfelsaft (apple juice). Later on in the day there is a pasta party for all your carb-loading needs.

The city of Frankfurt is as much of a draw as the race itself. As well as being home to the European Central Bank, there are many other points of interest including the Kaiserdom (Aachen Cathedral), the historical city centre, the Main Tower (which includes a high level viewing deck) and Frankfurt Zoo - situated in the centre of the city.

Registration for the event opens soon with Sports Tours International offering British runners guaranteed places for the race and the Pretzel Breakfast Run and pasta party. For more information visit the Sports Tours International website.