In short: So much packed in In full: Where do I start - with the monthly training runs, meet the organisers, practice with the pace runners, kept informed, number with my name on, loads of loos, big race feel, nerves on the line and we're off! All the training paid off and with water and sports drink, friendly marshals and lovely locals, the 26.2 miles passed quickly. Rewarded by a hot shower (and a T-shirt, medal and goody bag - but at the moment the shower was the best!) Can't wait to do it all again. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In full: My second marathon and my second in Chester, so I don't have anything else to compare this with, but I chose to run this again precisely because you have so much space without ever feeling isolated and because it is so fast. The marshals were excellent from beginning to end, as was the overall organisation. Thanks especially to the marshal and fellow runners who checked I was alright after I slipped and fell. Battered, bloody and bruised I still managed a PB, which is testament to how fast this course is. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Enjoyable marathon capable of giving good times In full: It will always be a fast course in this area, it is flat or gently rolling at most. Closed roads mean you can maintain momentum without traffic or kerbs to worry about.The marshals were great, along with the general organisation and facilities. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In full: The best marathon I have done. Def didn't feel like just a number, a proper person runner !!! Organised beautifully and the enthusiasm of all volunteers and organisers was amazing, totally made you smile all the way round. Such an ace challenge too, made you work for what has to be the biggest medal I ever received. Fab warm ending that made you feel one in a million. Thanks Phil for all organising - you will see me next year !!!! Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Brilliant event. although a very tough coarse, its made very enjoyable by the friendliness of everyone involved. Superb organisation, awesome atmosphere , brilliant facilities. Simply the best event I've ever done. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In full: First marathon ever. Loved the scenery, loved the old lady walking her dog in town (mile 1) asking me how far I'd run and loved the French tourists shouting allez as I ran over the bridge. Great first marathon course, shame I couldn't go as fast as hoped. Good excuse to come back next year though :) Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Great to return to Chester In full: Favourable weather, excellent location, no cock ups. Always a good reception as you return along the river and more so when you enter the racecourse. City marathons have the support, rural marathons the scenery - this one has both. Well done to the organisers Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Excellent facilities and lovely scenery In full: A well run race, and hugely rewarding. Superb facilities, really impressive water stations, liberally stocked with water/energy drinks & gels -puts other races to shame in this respect. Crowd support enthusiastic, and a medal worth showing off. Strongly recommend and would do it again. Don't usually do the same marathon twice, but I am considering it for Chester. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Worth the pain In full: Great race; wish I had not chosen to wear new running shoes though. Thankfully they only really started to hurt as I came back into Chester, and the lovely scenery and supportive crowds managed to take my mind off them. The journey home after the race was painful though! Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Amazingly enjoyable race In full: Despite the climbs and the stone steps I had a great time and when I finished I got a medal, a hug and plenty of food, what more can you ask for Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: What a fantastic event...absolutely superb organisation from start to finish! In full: PB potential?...your having a laugh!! Don't turn up at Hell on a Hill expecting an easy day, it's tough, brutal course but quite frankly the best marathon I've ever taken part in. Only did one day but loved every minute, full respect to those that did all five days, what an achievement. Great organisation, friendly atmosphere and a bargain for the price....I'll be back. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Amazing experience, absolutely superb In full: The race itself is very tough and you can run the 5 days which I did. The feeling I got throughout was fantastic everyone was absolutely brill from the organisers, marshals, supporters and the team spirit amongst the other runners was second to non After Bolton Hill Marathon this is my second favourite race ever. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: An amazingly tough challenge - leave your Garmin at home! In full: Such a tough race - steep climbs and rough descents - but the one that has given me the greatest sense of achievement. Phil and the team put on a great race and the medal is now the best one in my collection!
In short: Hardest thing ever...but worth it! In full: After watching my friend Shaun O'Dwyer compete in 2013, I just had to give this a crack myself to see what I could acheive Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: It will take every ounce of energy, but worth every drop. In full: Brilliantly organised by phil and the team. The crew at the van were very encouraging and motivational. The course was awesome with a calf burning climb up the steps to the tower and a gut bursting climb further on the course. Would highly recommend to anyone new or old to running marathons. Go ahead and sign up for next year! Date of review: November 19, 2014
In short: Flat, fast, enjoyable In full: A well organised race, which was fast and flat - certainly PB potential, weather held off so running along the coast was great. It was well supported and marshalled with drinks stations plentiful. One small criticism was that in the early miles the route was very narrow and we were running on top of each other! would have been good to have a lane of the road closed for the early miles until the field spread out. Local car parking and public loos were good. Goody bag with cake was great! Well done to whoever baked a lot of cake for 2000 runners!!
Although not part of the organisation, the traffic getting away from the Gosport area was a nightmare - took us 1 hour to travel under 5 miles!
Hopefully we will return next year. Date of review: November 19, 2014