In short: Amazing organisation In full: I've taken part in this race every year since 2012 but this year I had to drop to the metric event due to injury. The organisers arranged that- indeed for a race this size it's fantastic that they'll even allow transfers (subject to availability) on race day itself. The metric course is undulating rather than flat (the marathon is flat from about miles 7-15 but otherwise undulating) but the metric is more or less out and back so few twists/ bends- and it's great to share the final seven miles or so with the marathon runners. The organisation and atmosphere of this event is incredible- marshals, water stations, race angels to help you up the notorious Sandy Lane hill two miles from the end, fantastic spectators- and back at the racecourse HQ is a great bag drop and plenty of portaloos. And couldn't believe how much was in the goody bag! Loved it and will definitely be back. Thank you all! Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Outstanding In full: I was a late entry, I attended the last last training run without having entered. I saw how well organised the training run was and thought if the training run is this good the marathon would be great, I wasn't not disappointed. Really good course. Enjoyed the whole experience. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: My first full marathon and what a great course to start. Stunning scenery, relatively flat, and amazing organisation! In full: My first marathon and I loved it! The atmosphere is brilliant at the start with plenty of support. The scenery all the way around the course really is amazing. The majority of the course I would describe as long, perfectly flat countryside roads with very few bends and plenty of space. The drinks stations were plentiful and they handed out gels, water and lucozade sport which was a real bonus. The only 'complaint' I have here (as with all other races I've done), is that a bin is required a little further on after the stations so you can take more of a drink without having to carry the bottle to the next station. The marshals around the course and volunteers at the stations were really friendly and supportive and helped to spur you on and advise what was coming at times. As someone else mentioned there were a couple of hills, the worst for me being the one at 25 miles - mostly because I didn't expect it. Thankfully it's towards the end and once up that it's downhill and flat to the end. The last mile was brilliant with a lot of support just when it's needed. Coming into the racecourse and seeing the finish line quite close is great and the announcer really helped as he shouted support to me by name. I managed to smash my target by 10 minutes too!
Finally I should mention the pace runners. Although I didn't use them, my friend ran all the way with the 4 hour group and he said they were incredible. If someone was in trouble they offered gels and encouragement and also advised of what lay ahead all the way around. He also said they were very jovial and great company all the way around!
Definitely recommend this Marathon. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Thoughtful organization, enthusiastic local support, and lots of extras In full: From the little things like booties to keep your feet dry on the grass pre-race, hot drinks and food pre- and post-race, to cover at start and finish (not needed this year because of the glorious weather but I can only imagine a god-send if its raining) and quick turnover in the massage tent, this race was ace. Quick route, wonderful spectator support and impeccable organization make this race one worth traveling for. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Wonderful race In full: This is a joy of a road race - interesting, well organised, scenic, friendly, lots of support. I don't normally run road marathons but would highly recommend this one - my favourite so far - so much better than the other bigger ones I've done. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: If Carlesberg did marathons ......... In full: This was the second time I have run the mbna Chester marathon: I loved it the first time, and loved it even more the second time! The organisation was slick, the course scenic, and the marshalls and spectators friendly and encouraging. There is nothing I could fault. A massive PB to the organisers, marshalls and everyone else involved in putting on a superb race. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Excellent, well organised race with a great atmosphere! In full: This is the 2nd time I have run the Chester marathon and it is my favourite race. Already signed up for next year. Can't fault the organisation, marshals and support. Would definitely recommend it to other runners. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Amazing!!!! In full: A phenomenal race. Great organisation, loved the bands, marshalling was brilliant, drinks stations and gels regular as clockwork. Also got a PB by 26 minutes! Whoop!! If I ever run another marathon, this would be it!!! Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: One of the best - highly recommend! In full: Can't fault this event. The organisation, support, route and atmosphere are all absolutely superb. Lovely marshalls, no big queues for the loos, fab medal and t-shirt, amazong support and jelly babies round the route. Even the weather was magnificent. Date of review: October 5, 2016