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On your marks: top 10 homes for marathon runners

As the London Marathon brings out the competitive side in many of us, we spotlight homes in the UK and Europe that are perfect for marathon or half marathon runners. Here are 10 Winkworth properties for sale in winning locations around the globe.

As the London Marathon brings out the competitive side in many of us, we spotlight homes in the UK and Europe that are perfect for marathon or half marathon runners. Here are 10 Winkworth properties for sale in winning locations around the globe.

Blackheath, London SE3 £1,499,950

The London Marathon is on Sunday, April 24. It’s a 26.2 mile course that takes runners on both sides of the Thames and starts at three different points around Blackheath. This four-bedroom house is situated just a brief jog away on a private lane off the heath. It’s a modern, architect-designed property with three reception rooms, courtyard gardens and a large bicycle store.

Call Winkworth’s Blackheath office on 020 8852 0999

Cannes, France £4.7m

The French Riviera Marathon is a comparative newcomer, dating from 2008. It takes place on November 13 between Nice and Cannes, and comes with added sea views. If you want to run on the beach every day, however, this south-facing property on the Cap D’Antibes is perfectly placed. Its modern lines and sleek living space complements the Mediterranean panorama. There’s also a swimming pool, spa and sauna. The garden is full of trees for shade, and there are two terraces to catch the sun.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Vaud, Clarens, Switzerland POA

On July 3, the Montreux Les Rochers-de-Naye begins on the shores of Lake Geneva. From there, it climbs steadily to finish high on the Rochers de Naye peak. The runners are rewarded with magnificent views of the lake and probably a serious stitch, as they will have climbed more than 5,000ft in 11 miles. This elegant lakeside villa would be a delightful setting for a lengthy recovery, and it has a pool and sauna for serious athletes to build strength and wind down.

Call Winkworth's international sales 020 7870 7181

Marbella, Spain £2.6m

You’ve just missed the Malaga half marathon – it took place on April 10 this year. But here is a modern villa for sale with five bedrooms for your guests or supporters to stay in next year. It has a fully-equipped gym and heated pool, too.

Call Winkworth's international sales 020 7870 7181

Petersfield, Hampshire £1.5m

The South Downs Marathon takes place on June 18. The course is from Slindon College just outside Chichester to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. The route follows the South Downs Way, just south of Petersfield. This five-bedroom country house has spectacular views to the Downs. A good place to sit and watch others!

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274

Brunswick Street West, Hove, East Sussex £575,000

The Brighton Marathon is held this year on April 17. The city makes a whole weekend of it with races for all the family. For the main event, Zoe Ball starts the runners off on their 26.2 mile route through the city’s streets, ending on the seafront. Almost en route, this two-bedroom mews is in a quiet area just off Kingsway, where the tired feet will pound. It is laid out on two floors with the living room in the basement and a high-tech, high spec kitchen diner at ground floor level.

Call Winkworth’s Brighton office on 01273 772175

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy £440,500

The Lucca Marathon is on October 23. Although the race starts and finishes on the ramparts of this beautiful walled city, much of it is run in the countryside. This apartment is on the third floor of an historic building near the city’s famous Tower Guinigi. The entrance is impressive and it has a loggia and small terrace.

Call Winkworth's international sales 020 7870 7181

Nadderwater, Exeter £600,000

The Great West Runis a popular half marathon that passes through the city centre. This year it takes place on October 9. Runners pound the streets, then head out to the university through country lanes, and finish back in the city. This converted chapel is perfect for runners. It’s not far from the university and has wide open views over the undulating countryside. There are four double bedrooms and a large open-plan dining kitchen.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Bath, Somerset £895,000

The Bath Halfis an early run – it took place on March 13 this year. But entries for 2017 are now open. It’s a fast course straddling both sides of the River Avon. This detached Edwardian family home is light and roomy with pretty gardens front and back. It has five bedrooms and is within a short sprint of Bath Spa station.

Call Winkworth’s Bath office on 01225 829000

West Bridgford, Nottingham £565,000

What else would you call the Nottingham race but the Robin Hood Marathon?Now in its 36th year, the event takes place on September 25. Runners start in Victoria Park, pass Nottingham Castle and head into Wollaton Park. There’s also a half marathon for those not up to the full mileage. If you prefer a short walk home afterwards, this six-bedroom house in West Bridgford offers plenty of space for you to recover. You won’t be able to sit down for long, though as it needs some updating.

Call Winkworth’s Nottingham office 0115 981 4481

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