The Cyprus Marathon takes place this Sunday (5th March) and features one of the most beautiful routes any marathon can offer, starting at Aphrodite’s Rock – the birthplace of the goddess – and finishing at Paphos Castle in the harbour, one of my favourite places in Cyprus.

Sadly I wasn’t able to compete this year so instead I spent my time completing the route by drawing this illustrated map of the Marathon course, which is currently on sale at the Marathon Expo in Paphos.

 

The map shows several of the areas you run past during the full marathon, as well as a few of the geographical features of the area. It’s a fun and exceptionally friendly event and I would recommend it to any long distance runner; they also have half marathon and 10km events and March is the perfect time of year to be running in Cyprus.