In short: Great value scenic race In full: A lovely flat course but narrow stretch along canal makes PB for those in the middle of the pack challenging. Great atmosphere and brilliant value Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: A lovely undulating but fair course In full: There were enough runners to make this race feel special but still plenty of room to run (a bit busy in the 3.30 pace pack but that's to be expected)This is an excellent course passing through some lovely Cheshire and Welsh countryside...There is a cheeky hill in mile 26 so be warned! Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: near perfect marathon event. In full: an amazing ,well organised event with great marshals and volunteers. having your name on your number is great as so many volunteers and spectators call out your name ,which spurs you on. plenty of water stations with gels and sports drinks . just a great event that's organised very well . only issue was traffic getting to the official car park on the race course. it took 45 minutes to travel less than 2 miles from my b&b so just allow plenty of time for that . most certainly recommend chester ,and I would defo do it again. got a pb too which was a bonus. Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Fabulous race , amazing organisation In full: Quality race weekend . This report refers to the HALF marathon which is what I did for the third year running . Superb pre race info and plenty of emails to get you in the mood and excited for the event . Great organisation at start even with toilet monitors lol. Lovely course , running the seafront is fab and running on two piers awesome .. Just loved it . Marshals are super friendly and there really are plenty of them . Finish area is brilliant . Goody bag is great and it's super having your medal hung on you rather than searching in a carrier bag for it . Absolutely everything geared for runners convenience .. Simply can't fault it . I'll be back every year :) Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Excellent - great course, great atmosphere In full: Any race organiser would be proud of this. For a first race it was outstanding, both in terms of organisation and atmosphere. Please don't increase the entry next year - there were some pinch points along the canal which could only get worse with an increased field. Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Fantastic value, community 10k In full: This race was a bargain. The £8 entry fee included a technical T Shirt, a medal, a water station at 5k, a well marked course, stadium finish, but no chip timing.
The course was mainly along the towpath of the Basingstoke canal which was narrow and meant running single file along, with limited over-taking. Being 6ft tall I also had to be very aware of the low bridges! The finish in the athletics stadium was superb.
I would be prepared to pay more for chip timing and if the organisers could find a route which meant the field was thinned out more before hitting the canal, whilst maintaining the stadium finish it would be perfect! Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: This was my first 10K race and has made me believe I can do it! In full: This was my first ever 10k - I was so so nervous before we began however, the pen idea was fabulous, you didn't feel at all isolated by sticking at the back. The crowds were fabulous and it was so friendly! The marshals were amazing and a real joy to see round the corner when you were getting tired! The end was great with all the crowds shouting. Fabulous race and will be attending! Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: very tough but very beautiful. not one for a pb! In full: This was probably the toughest thing i've ever done! After the first 4 miles I thought I had made a terrible mistake entering! But, after that it was great, you will not find another marathon with scenery as beautiful and all the runners are so friendly, I had many chats along the way. Definitely not one for a PB, I was 40 mins behind mine. However, it is a great achievement just to finish and I could have cried when I crossed that finish line. ps beware of the weather Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Great race, well organised and well run In full: Very well run from start to finish. The crowd were fantastically supportive all the way round. Only dislike is the approach to the finish but that's only a minor blemish. Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: MAGIC MARATHON In full: Ran the Chester again this year after bagging my PB here in 2012 - and it was as good as ever. Inspiring start at the Racecourse, brilliant course, stirring support out in the villages, over the Welsh border, amazing finish. And spot-on organisation as well as well-stocked drinks stations and very supportive marshals.... What's not to like?? Even the sun came out. If you're looking to run your first marathon or targeting a PB look no further - Chester's just the boy.
In short: Great Value 10K with a stadium finish, great to be part of the inaugural event! In full: I really enjoyed this race, lovely atmosphere, Ghurka band & food, great support & marshalling, interesting and beautiful course along the canal in part, fantastic stadium finish - thanks to all the organisers for putting on such an impressive first event, I'd definitely recommend Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: fantastic day In full: second time running this race, I really enjoyed the whole day once again. Organisation was amazing, as well as the supply of toilets/water/lucozade/gels throughout, weather was great both times, course was fantastic, but the thing that stands out the most is the support from volunteers and spectators, it's second to none. I said this would be my last marathon but I had such a great time I'm thinking of doing it again! Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Undulating - Yes ! Do it again - yes !! In full: This was my first half marathon and didn't know what to expect, having only done 10ks in the past. I suppose the weather was a bonus, but this race was wonderful. Everyone I spoke to on the way round were friendly, the locals in the village were great - I even managed a High 5 ! PB at 2:01 even with hills so well happy. Organisation was very good. Thought this might be my one and only half - but TONBRIDGE you have made me want to do more. Thank you :-) Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: Utterly glorious day and a smashing PB to boot In full: Organised by runners for runners, and it shows; great attention to detail. Welcoming crowds, fast route; excellent water stations. Really no complaints at all. Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: nearly faultless In full: great course, scenery, support and organisation. only criticism - and its such a minor one that I'm almost afraid to raise it - is the section when the metric runners joined the marathoners. The course became very narrow and with big differentials in pace (I was running c.3.25) it became a little awkward even it wasn't really congested - I spent much of next few miles running in/out of the cones down the middle of the road to avoid runners to my left. maybe alter the timing so that the races merge at roughly same pace? that aside it was outstanding. Date of review: October 6, 2015