In short: fantastic In full: a few cheeky inclines thrown in on this, but such a brilliant race. cannot fault it, the organisation was the best, crowd support even for the slower runners.... you gotta try it if your looking at doing marathons Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: The attention to detail Andy and Chris give to their events is second to none. Fabulous orgsnisation by the whole team. Excellent marshals and volunteers. Only tiny little comment would be it got a bit congested when the metric met the full course. Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: Tough but well organised cross country opener In full: I have done this race a few times and this was the best yet. The organisation was excellent and the hosts were friendly. The course is tough in terms of hills but pretty good underfoot at this time of year so this makes an ideal cross country season opener. If you choose a race based on the free t-shirt, look no further. Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: A very well organised race with great marshalls and scenic course In full: My first Chester Marathon, it lived up to it's reputation. The racecourse is an excellent hub for the start/finish, with plenty of space and facilities and located right next to the city centre. All the marshalls and volunteers were really encouraging, as was the support in the villages. No doubt I will return to run this race again. Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: My first race, but will not be my last In full: I was so nervous about doing this race, however the supporters got me round and the course was very nice to look at, I will be back Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: Great race. Well organised, nice shirt and unique medal In full: Nice course, especially if you have club mates to look out for. Marshals and aid station volunteers brilliant. Nice weekend event, took part if the 5k and the marathon. Shame the 5k ran out of lights Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: Great event, but no vet prizes In full: All very well organised, but at a steep price. Why no vet prizes for the different categories? They might get a better depth of field if they offered more in this respect. Date of review: October 10, 2014
In short: 2014 review. Nice low-key event In full: My review is for 2014, but the year was not selectable in the list.
This cross country course had not been adversely affected by the overnight rain. Pleasant scenery throughout.
Despite the small field of around 150 runners, the first kilometer was somewhat cramped. The need for single file, and a steep downhill section made it very much a safety-first start to the race, rather than an all-out charge.
Spectators were few and far between. Marshalls were present at every important point, and ranged from silent to vociferous support.
Parking was sufficient, and well marshalled. Toilet facilities were limited to 3 portaloos, but that proved to be just about enough. Could have been a struggle if a few more people turned up though.
The start line was a five minute walk from the car park / registration tent. This came as a little surprise, as we nearly left it a bit too late.
The PA at the start was fine for half the runners, but not clearly audible at the back of the pack.
Goody bag was an energy gel and a powdered drink sachet, plus a nice certificate. Finishing times ranged up to an hour. Water and sports drink available from kegs in the finish area.
Seemingly not UKA licensed, so won't count towards your runbritainrankings.
On the whole, I very much enjoyed this different race, and hope to do it again. A more substantial goody bag, and appearing on runbritainrankings would be a welcome added value. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In short: Road section terribly marshalled (or not!), towpath section lovely In full: Lots to sort out for next time. Some parts were really dangerous with runners and cars mingling on busy roads with no marshalls. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In short: A well organised scenic race. In full: Really enjoyed this race. Very well organised and a lovely scenic course with excellent support from the crowds on route. As have been mentioned some little hills but overall seemed more downhill than up. Real potential for a PB and credit to the pacers. My lovely lady at 3.30 was goo company for the run. Lost her at 22 miles because i started flagging but still have her to thank for a 3.33 PB. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In full: Very well organised. Lots of parking. A good flat route (2.5 laps). Running after dark means that you sort of don't notice the surroundings (a business park) or the fact you're going round more than once! (though the course is lit by street lamps) Very plush loos, and no queues! Kindly hosted by Affinity Water, whose employees are very welcoming and helpful to runners in their building after hours. Quite "clubby", but that shouldn't put anyone off. If you do the first or second races in the series then don't forget to bring your number for the later one(s)! Of the four times I've run it, I've measured the course to be between 5.16km and 5.19km - this didn't worry me this year as I adjusted my expectations and my pace accordingly. Date of review: October 9, 2014
In short: Superb autumn marathon In full: I have travelled up from Bedfordshire to run the MBA Chester Marathon in 2012, 2013 and 2014. That says it all really. It is a fantastic marathon with great PB potential. Date of review: October 9, 2014