In short: Incredibly well organised race - before, during and after In full: My first marathon and it was a fantastic introduction. It was brilliantly well organised, from the entry submission to the portaloos all the way round. Running out of water at one stop, not so great, and there's nothing they could do about the weather (how hot?!?!!?), but everything else was brilliant. Has made me want to run more organised races, something which I've avoided like the plague previously! Date of review: October 16, 2013
In short: Fantastic day In full: A truly fantastic day-one of the best. Done over 100 marathons at over 60 venues and this ranks towards the very top. Absolutely everything works so well, very good pre race info and such a special atmosphere on race day and loads of extra little touches you don't get elsewhere. The marshalls/volunteers were excellent and very encouraging all the way round. The only thing you could possibly fault was the 24 mile marker being nowhere near where it should have been but that is me being very very picky. Top class event-already entered for 2014. Well done to everyone involved-brilliant !
In short: Fantastic race with excellent organisation, do it! In full: My first marathon and I'm glad I went with Chester, the guys who organise this do a fantastic job. Date of review: October 16, 2013
In short: Best organisation I have ever seen, obvious it is organised by runners. In full: The organisation was superb, at the start there was great baggage store, lots of toilets, foot covers to protect trainers on the wet grass, drinks available and friendly people on hand if you had any questions. The drinks stations en route were so well organised and laid out, I have never seen anything like it. I got a PB and was very excited at the end, it was made all the more special by the fact that someone was there to personally congratulate me as I came over the line, it was as if they knew how pleased I was. The commentary was also good and there was great support along the route. Before the race, I had said no more marathons for me, after London 2014 but I think I may be back next year and Chester may become my annual autumn marathon. Date of review: October 14, 2013
In short: Top notch race In full: Chris and Andy clearly know what makes a good race and equally seem passionate about giving everyone taking part the best possible experience. They’d thought of everything, even down to providing polythene shoe covers for the grassy start. Before the start, the organizing team were everywhere to help with questions. The race follows a very scenic route, ranging from beautiful old Chester itself to pretty villages to rolling countryside and old bridges over the river as we crossed into Wales and back into England again. The roads were closed throughout so there was always plenty of room to run. Each village had loads of people cheering the runners on. Plenty of drinks stations, with info sent out with race pack listing which of water, gels, energy drinks would be available at each – and a big ‘bin’ to aim your empty into afterwards. Mostly flat but, as the organizers say, most of the hills that are there come towards the end of the course – so keep something back for them or risk that finishing time you think you are on course to hit going out the window! Thanks to all the team for laying on such a quality event. Normally I’d want to try a different marathon each time – but with this one I’ll be back for more. Good times! Date of review: October 14, 2013