In short: Great race! In full: First thanks are due to Chris and Andy of Active Leisure Events, who organised this great race. Also many thanks to the others who took responsibility for the race and the marshals, who all gave up their day so that we could take part in a race.
This was the first time I've done the Chester marathon. It will be the last, I fear, as it's far from home and I plan to cut down on marathons.
It's not flat; there are a few hills: my Garmin made the gross climb 180m, which is not as flat as Brighton, but flatter than Kent Coastal (Thanet), both of which I've run before. The weather was pretty good; pretty still and warm, but not hot.
The roads were closed which was a great. The course was a pleasure to run. Chester race course is a great race HQ. My impression was that this race could get much bigger; indeed given its excellent reports I was surprised there weren't many more runners. The course could take a lot more runners. The racecourse seemed unstressed with the numbers. I went by train so missed the car park delays some have referred to.
The whole day was brilliant. The chips don't seem to be as reliable as one might hope and this could cause some problems. Also the mile 24 marker was a few hundred meters too early which momentarily raised in my mind the possibility of what would likely have been an unique achievement.
Overall these were two fairly minor drawbacks to a great race. The support in the villages was excellent! I really recommend this race.
In short: This was my first Marathon, and I am now addicted. The rest have a lot to live up to, this was an excellent experience and I would recommend it without hesitation. keep up the the good work Guys and see you all next year :) Date of review: October 19, 2013
In short: Lived up to expectations In full: First heard about this at the VLM Expo and the fact it had been voted No 1 marathon - a long way to travel for me but well worth it - Chester really is a lovely place to visit and run from and the organisation excellent. Marshalls brilliant - and knew how to hold water bottles ready for grasping - small but important point - loved it. Hilly than expected but nothing too evil and beautiful course. Date of review: October 19, 2013
In short: Faultless! In full: Just a fantastic event from start to finish. Great communication on the lead up to race day, excellent parking, stacks of portaloos, brilliant atmosphere supported by amazing volunteers & locals, regular energy drinks and gels available on the route and you are personally welcomed home at the finish line by the organisers, Andy & Chris. This race has everything nailed and a credit to the all the team who organise and run the event. Date of review: October 16, 2013