In short: Well organised, scenic and flat - what more could you ask for In full: This was a well organised event,very enjoyable with some very scenic stretches along the River Thames towpath between 2 and 4 miles and 6 and 11.5 miles (some of last year's reviews were unduly harsh IMHO). You do have to keep your wits about you as there is the odd bollard and tree root to watch out for and quite a lot of runners in a smallish space, but the marshalling was spot on and I had my best race in about 10 years. The start under Walton Bridge was also well organised - easy to pick up race pack in a few minutes, plenty of toilets and well organised baggage storage. Arriving about an hour before the start, I also had no problem finding a free parking space in the car park by Bensons for Beds. I would definitely do again. Date of review: October 31, 2016
In short: Still one of the best In full: My 5th time and certainly not the last. Was wondering whether new start/ finish area would be ok but needn't have, allowed more organisational space. Only small gripe is the use of plastic cups rather bottles at water stations but other than that an excellently organised club race. Well done Worksop Harriers. Date of review: October 30, 2016
In short: A Must Do Marathon In full: I've done loads of halfs, but never got the inclination to enter a marathon, with all the training it requires. I'm so glad I chose Chester as my first marathon at 55. I can't believe any other marathon could have been so well organised, well run, well paced, well marshalled, well supported,with excellent facilities before and after, in such a friendly environment. This is as well as organising the perfect weather conditions and providing such a great view of the city of Chester and the surrounding countryside (and I live in Chester). I've already signed up for next year. It'll be difficult to be better though. Here's hoping!! Date of review: October 28, 2016
In short: Loved it! Danced, sang and generally bounced round. Perfect antidote to a big city marathon In full: This was only my second marathon, I did London in 2015, and everything I hated about marathons was completely changed here. Firstly I apologise to anyone around the 4:45-5hr mark as I was one of the gang who smiled, waved, played music, sang show tunes and random pop music.
I decided to do this race on a whim, having sworn I would never do another marathon as I hated the crowds and noise and the loneliness of running 26.2 miles on my own, this event was the total opposite. Firstly everyone was so friendly, every marshal seemed to have a huge box of jelly babies, water stations every 5k, from 10 miles on they had jelly babies, Jaffa cakes, coke, water and such lovely happy smiles and help. Even my pet hate of cupped water, was not an issue as we were running for fun and so slowed/stopped regularly. Any groups of spectators were enthusiastic and personal, unlike the wall of noise at london. We made sure we hi-fived every child possible as they were our cheering us on. At the end, the medal, water and banana with a funny message on it, were handed out quickly and as some said the baggage people came out and handed you your bag so you barely needed to move afterwards. I cannot fault the organisers, the crowds, the other runners and friends who came and cheered.
I appreciate I am not a seasoned marathoner, and didn't 'race' but if you want a marathon that is friendly, small, well organised, a few inclined, but no real hills, look no further. I'm definitely signing up next year, and maybe will do halstead in between. Date of review: October 28, 2016
In short: Brilliantly organised, great atmosphere at start/end In full: I enjoyed this marathon very much! I've done the Chester half many times and I choked up when I held the BLUE ribbon medal this time! Lots of very friendly runners. Great to have our club gazebo as a meeting point, and for cheering. Definitely made me go faster! Date of review: October 27, 2016
In short: One of the best road race all year In full: Such a good race..organisation fantastic, the route is truly lovely ,and it is always a dry lovely day ( or has been for the past 4 years or so). The medal and goody bag with shirt are top quality. Great for a PB and also a great race for first timer's too. Easy to get to, easy parking. I love this race and will keep doing it every year as long as im able . Date of review: October 27, 2016
In short: A great sub for VLM, run in an uplifting spirit. In full: My second time at this fab event,though third time of asking. Well organizised,well marshalled and with a fun atmosphere throughout I ran it on an injury (foolishly). For anyone who is missing the full London Marathon,this race is a very fine substitute, more than half the thrill if only half the distance.Only gripe-what bright spark thought queueing for a goody bag at the end was a good idea? Date of review: October 27, 2016
In short: Back for another year... In full: Did this race last year, loved it. Fairly low key but well organised with plenty of marshalls, bag storage and quick results. Just one suggestion, maybe start the race an hour earlier when there is less traffic on the road. We encountered quite a lot of fast traffic on the main road around about 5 or 6 km (village green to the left turn under the bridge) and the drivers were pretty angry on the final run in where cones had been put out due to the narrow path. Date of review: October 27, 2016
In short: Great fast race In full: Ok so it's not particularly scenic and is on a much smaller scale than big city marathons, but the main reason to do this event is to get a fast time - it's really flat (my GPS said 42 metres in total) and definitely fast - I smashed my PB. A few very minor ups (including a gentle incline over the last 2 miles) but these are balanced out by corresponding downs. Paper cups for drinks was a bit annoying, and it's a shame the roads aren't closed, but I didn't really feel that slowed me down. Marshalling was great, very well organised in general (though long toilet queues before - but nothing unusual there I guess). Mile markers all seemed perfectly spot on bar one (21 miles was at about 21.3). All in all, not a great race if you want atmosphere, scenery etc - but a very good one if you want a crack at a really fast time. Date of review: October 25, 2016
In short: Battersea Park is pancake flat and the race was well-organised In full: Completely flat course so perfect for that pb, which I got with a 37:03. The race is over multiple laps and I had some reservations that slower runners may get in the way but the whole race is on wide paths and the combined 5k and 10k field is small enough that there is no issue with lapping. Date of review: October 25, 2016