In short: Best organised race you will ever enter!!! In full: Fourth time running Chester marathon. I've also ran in their half marathon and a large number of their free training runs. The friendliest organisers who know what runners want. The course is superb and actually runs right through the city it is based in ( unlike a number of other marathons that have a city name in their title !! ). The whole process is superb. And I mean everything !!! From signing up , to free training runs , to being kept up to date , to race day arrival , the start , the race itself and post race. It is simply perfect. You will not find a better organised race! Date of review: October 25, 2015
In short: And they're off! In full: An absolute joy from start to finish. The race village in the middle of Chester Racecourse was well-organised, with efficient baggage area (ie no queue), sufficient toilets (OK, there were queues, but not massively so) and the pre-race area was under cover (ideal in poor weather). I arrived an hour before the start, but I could easily have arrived about 30 minutes before the start and not be under pressure. The start had the usual pens according to predicted time - busier at the 'business end' and less busy towards the rear. I started with the 5 hour pacer group (the slowest paced group - cut off is 6 hours) and even that far back it only took about 3 minutes to cross the start line. And what a start - 3/4 of the way around the race track! Then into Chester (beautiful) with some good support, then it's onto the open, traffic-free country roads. The scenery is gentle countryside, and as small villages were passed, locals were out giving support. Water stations well manned, and toilets at each stop. The finish was back into Chester via the riverside, then it's back into the racecourse when you run the final quarter of the track. Lovely medal, a long-sleeved technical top (whilst unisex, the small wasn't as large as some finishers' tops). The goody bag had a selection of post-run nibbles (I ate them immediately so can't recall what they were!). The finish line went like clockwork - efficient bag collection, seats, cover if needed and plenty of runners enjoying the atmosphere. Easy access for the train (about 20 minutes walk) and there appeared to be ample car parking at the racecourse. Highly recommended. Date of review: October 14, 2015
In short: first marathon, fantastic organisation and great course In full: My first marathon, the organisation was fantastic. The route is a little flat (I like hills), but certainly a fast course through the Cheshire countryside. Very friendly and a fast finish along the river and onto the racecourse. Date of review: October 12, 2015
In short: Fantastically organised race In full: My first marathon and a great one to start with. The organisation was superb, plenty of marshals and supporters. Not as flat as I hoped but was warned about the hill at 23 miles. Thoroughly enjoyed the event, would recommend to any first timer. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: The best non city based marathon I've yet run. In full: Okay it starts in a (small) city, but most of the Chester marathon is on rural roads - still no small feat to close the entire route to traffic which made for a worry free marathon. Superbly organised, couldn't pick a single fault with it. Ran my first 2:45 there so it's a quick course, although with plenty of undulations there are quicker marathons out there. Would highly recommend. Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: What a fabulous event - thanks to the org and the supporters In full: This was my first marathon and what a fab experience. I have been running half's for the last 10 yrs so was used to running in events like Chester. However I found that Chester was special - the start at the race course, the route through the countryside and then the finish back at the race course - fab. Finishing in 3h:51min was another great aspect of course...will come back next year!! Date of review: October 7, 2015
In short: Scenic course, superb organisation with attention to detail, great support In full: This was my third marathon (previously run Edinburgh - 2014, and London - 2015) and was definitely my favourite. The organisation was slick and everything ran like clockwork. I was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm and encouragement from the organisers on race day. The attention to detail was excellent.
The course was beautiful - a mixture of historic city and scenic countryside, and was mainly flat, with a few hills towards the end. It was not over-crowded, so there was no weaving in and out, and it was possible to maintain a steady pace throughout. Although many sections of the course are rural (I personally love this), the support in the villages was good. Runners had their name on their race number, and it was very encouraging to hear your name being cheered on. Marshalling was excellent throughout, and there were plenty of drinks stations and toilets on the course.
Definite PB potential: I ran this an hour quicker than Edinburgh, and half an hour quicker than London. I would definitely recommend this run. Date of review: October 7, 2015