In short: Brilliant again In full: This was my third Chester Marathon - the only marathon I have done. The event is super well organised that I know that if I went anywhere else, it would be a let-down in comparison.
Race HQ - Chester racecourse - is scenic, spacious and right next to the city centre. The route takes you through the city centre and then out into the Cheshire countryside before returning to the racecourse finish. All along mostly-flat closed roads. Everything works like clockwork. Plenty of spectator opportunities: my wife and child caught me at 1, 6 and 16 miles as well as my finish in a PB of 3:44. Plenty of support in local villages.
Day now includes a kilothon (26.2 km), which is a nice addition but did make it impractical for my daughter to do the fun run, which started after the start of the kilothon and still be able to make it to all this spectator points. But overall, defo 5 star race! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Great race - the organisers thought of everything a runnier could need. In full: Really excellent. Bottled water ever 3 miles and energy drinks at every second drinks station were very well manned by enthusiastic volunteers. Loved the vocal and encouraging marshals. TOILETS at many of the water stations.... amazingly, as they were there, I didn't need them - if they hadn't been there, I bet I'd have been busting! Great that gels were supplied too. Really well organised for rubbish collection too .... lots of large containers at intervals after the drinks. (I hate littering and find it annoying that some runners still chucked gel packets in the road... but you can't help that - you did all you could to make it easy to dispose responsibly). Great support from the public. Excellent medal, finishers top and goody bag. Super supportive commentary. Very good. If I decide to do another marathon, I'd do this one again :-) Well done and thank you. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Really well organised, well supported and great fun In full: My first marathon and it really lived up to its potential as a runners' favourite. It is exceptionally well organised with a lovely course that works its way through villages on the Welsh and English border. The people who came out and supported the runners were magnificent, as were the marshals and those on the regular drinks stations. The course is largely flat with a few hills, including one near the end but by then the knowledge you've nearly finished with carry you through. I can't rate this highly enough. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Superb event - couldn't find fault! In full: everything from start to finish was excellent - baggage, commentary, numerous toilets, superb scenery, support from volunteers and locals etc etc ...... will definitely consider returning even though this was meant to be the last :-)
thanks to everyone involved in making it such a success. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Brilliant friendly inclusive marathon for runners of all abilities. In full: This was my first Marathon and I can't fault the organisation. Loads of toilets at the start and on the route. Plenty of drink stations, providing water, sports drinks and gels. Great support pre-event: training plans, ppts with advice. Fab marshalls and volunteers. Pace setters. Great medal and T-shirt. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: My 1st ever marathon In full: My 1st foray into the world of marathons and have to commend the organisers. The support from the people of Chester and surrounding villages was astonishing. Many thanks to all that cheered us on....esp at 24.5 miles. I was nearly finished after that incline but with the help from the missus and the lovely crowd, I made it. Have said I won't do another (as I think my distance is 10k - half marathons) but might be persuaded to do this one again. A brilliant day and brilliant event! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Extremely well organised and supported! In full: I had an amazing experience with the metric run. It was great to start through the City Centre. Plenty of pretty views throughout the course. When our race merged with the full marathon, I got pulled at least 3 times with the pacers and their groups - It was inspiring to see them going so strong. Thank you to all the volunteers, plenty of them, handing out water, gels, energy drinks and shouting encouragement. Bins nearby were a good idea. There were lots of supporters, children and adults giving out sweets... A young couple had a table outside their house with quartered oranges. Before long we were already back by the river. The supporting crowds got thicker and there were so many high fives and loud cheering. The marshalling, the facilities before, though and at the end of the run were faultless. I want to thank the organisers for thinking of this distance and perhaps doing a 20 miler race next? Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: excellent, friendly, well-organised event In full: i dropped down to the metric marathon distance due to a health issue wrecking my marathon training. it was a glorious day : weather perfect, course was great, best marshalls ever & lots of friendly encouragement for a "back of the packer" like me from the full marathon runners as our paths crossed! chester is a great place to spend a weekend & this is a fabulous event. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Perfect race for a marathon debut! In full: Brilliant organisation, beautiful scenery, most toilets I've ever seen and fantastic crowd support! The commentators in the start finish area are worth going to listen to if marathon running isn't your thing, absolutely hilarious! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In full: Really enjoyed the race - a great course with a bit of everything; City landmarks, Countryside, a few short hills, riverside and Racecourse Start & Finish. My PB course from 2012. I know how hard the team work having helped out a little last year - many thanks. I was fine with the Kilo Marathon Runners joining towards the end - gave me a few more people to try and overtake and maintain the pace. To me the hill at 24.5m (Sandy Lane) seemed to be less steep this time - maybe I've learned to like hills! Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: A challenging but great race. In full: The hills on the course make it a challenging race but the atmosphere of the marshals and the support from the villagers that the course goes through more than makes up for these.
This year had a couple of good additions, the pacers I think helped the start be more organised plus help control people's pacing at the start of the race so they would have more energy for the last few miles.
You get a good high visibility t-shirt which I will be seeing lot of these out either running or at the gym for months to come. Also the finishers medal got you entry in to the nearby OctoberFest.
The only downside at 11:27/mile pace only the first and last aid station had gels available when I got there. However each had plenty of water which was good on a sunny day.
Overall it is a great race on closed roads that goes out in to the countryside plus is improving with each year. Date of review: October 8, 2014
In short: Most enjoyable road marathon I've ever ran! In full: A great race with superb organisation! I was fortunate enough to be an official pacer this year, but this was by far the best road marathon I've ever joined. Far better than Brighton and Portsmouth. I'll never repeat those, but I'll definitely be back in Chester next year for both the half and full marathon! :) Date of review: October 8, 2014