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
In short: Superb event In full: I chose Chester as my first Marathon after Liverpool was cancelled in 2013 and based on the rating of being the Uk's No1. Now despite my lack of ability to compare to any other Marathons, I would say that Chester is a worthy holder of the No1 spot.
The time of year (early October), makes for a very pleasant summer spent training and a warm and sunny lead up to the race.
The organisation was excellent throughout. Great iconic location for the start and finish of the race makes it extra special. Plus with it being a lovely sunny day for race day, being able to sit down on the grass and soak up the sun whilst waiting for my post race massage was an added bonus.
Course was well laid out and a good mix between quiet spots to just get your head down and busy villages full of cheers and support.
Superb atmosphere throughout the race and so much more that made the day and the race extra special, including:
*Good quality goody bag, medal and Technical T. *Tented village at the end to wander round and soak up the atmosphere. *Sports Massage for £5 at the end (all money went to charity) which was a god send and lasted far, far longer and was of much better quality than I would expect for £5. *Amazing support in all the villages. *Good amount of parking, making that side of things hassle free.
The one and only negative from my point of view was how long it took to leave the car park at the end of the day. This took far longer than it should have done and with some co-operation with Cheshire Police could either be eased or even possibly sorted all together.
That's a small negative point though in what was a fantastic day.