In short: Love it love it love it!! In full: Can't fault it. Third time I've done it and it just gets better and better. Fab route, great organisation, lots of lovely touches like the race Angels, loads of friendly marshals and an awesome long sleeved t. What's not to like?!?! Oh and the runners get treated like grown ups, unlike some events I could mention..... Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Not as flat as advertised In full: I raced Chester yesterday as part of my preparation for 6in6 and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. After running London and Paris already this year I had seen this course was advertised as flat but I would argue that. My strava says it had more elevation gain that both Paris and London which was suprising. That said I did run a 10 min pb to finish just over 3hrs.
The course was well marshaled and all the feedstaions had plenty of fluids. Maybe I have been treated at other marathons/ triathlons but I do love a bowl of jelly beans/ babies at the stations as I am not a huge gel person.
I would probably do this race again as family live nearby but I wouldn't drive the 200 miles it was if I didn't. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Absolutely flawless! In full: Organisation was perfect, from the free social training runs to the big day itself. It's a personal race and the race organisers attend the social training runs as well you you get to meet the people that run the whole thing. The entire experience is designed by runners. The communication leading up to the big day was perfect, couldn't fault it. The day itself couldn't have been better. Everything was just so well organised and looked great. Chester Racecourse is the perfect place to start a race like this! Everything was very clear, so you knew exactly where to go. All the volunteers were fab as well, the most supportive race I've ran. There were plenty of toilets as well so the queues never got that big. The start line and starting area with the times were very well signposted. The pacers were BRILLIANT! Unfortunately I couldn't stick with the 4:30ers but they were absolutely great! The water stations were very well organised as well and had everything you needed, so you didn't need to carry much if anything at all. The finishing line was great, the atmosphere was just perfect. Loved the goody bag! Honestly, I couldn't fault it! Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: A truly incredible experience. My first marathon ever, and it was fabulous. In full: A truly incredible experience. My first marathon ever, and it was fabulous. The organisation of the race and the training runs, volunteers, marshalls, water stations, pace-runners, the atmosphere - everything was just spot on. The marathon course was so incredibly scenic, just beautiful. I will definitely do it again. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Brilliant race encompassing club runners and those stepping up to Marathon. Very supportive and relatively flat course. Good pacers, chocs and sweets in the goodues Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Well organised and a lovely scenic route In full: A fantastic event, you get to run around the historic city of Chester and the beautiful surrounding area! Course is pretty flat, a good one for a PB. There are times when there's not much support as your running round the countryside, but your running round the countryside, its beautiful! When you hit the small towns I swear everyone is out to support also the last few miles when you come back into Chester is awesome everyone cheering you on shouting out your name!
its easy to get to, the parking is great as your at the racecourse. The aid stations are well stocked and the marshals round the course are superb, friendly, supportive and just generally awesome! Had a wonderful chat with one marshal just after I finished, his enthusiasm was endless.
Medal and goody bag are good, full of chocolate and this year an Ice-scraper?! A banana or an apple would have been nice.
I would really recommend this marathon, this was my first its ideal for beginners ad everyone else! I loved it!! Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Excellent first marathon In full: As my first marathon I was apprehensive (the hill profile did not look flat to me, and I'd done the "flat" chester half in 2014) but I really enjoyed it. Didn't even notice the undulations until mile 24! But even then they're completely doable even then with the amazing crowds and volunteers. 100% recommend this race, will definitely be doing it again! Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Friendly, well organised and marshalled. A must-do Sussex run. In full: A great 10k course starting and finishing on quiet road with the majority of the route on nicely runnable trails through St Leonard's Forest. Very well organised for a first event and I am sure that this will grow into a regular annual event in many people's race calendar. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Absolutely seamless running event In full: It was my first 26, and although I did find it much harder than I'd imagined , the organisation from the very start helped me achieve a lifetime ambition. From the guy on the public address speaker , the superb bag drop, the friendly stewards , facilities , the water stations , to the hi5s off the kids lining the streets. Thank you all for a day I shall never forget. Date of review: October 5, 2015