In short: How A Race Should Be, Absolutely Fantastic In full: I am a local to Chester and this was my second attempt at the race, (My first attempt was in 2013). I was a complete newbie last time around, but I was so impressed with how well the race was organised, I also entered the 2013 full marathon. Because of the way 2013 was organised, with the initial training runs at Total Fitness every month, has encouraged this 48 year old to get up off the couch and start running. I did not believe they could improve on last year, but they did, with the addition of the bands at very stages around the course a very nice touch. I am now looking forward to the 2014 full marathon and the training runs starting up again in June. I hope I see you there, you won't be disappointed. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Fantastic all round event. In full: Mostly flat race with a gentle gradient at the end back into the city. Very well organised. Good support around the route. Will be a race I will come back too year on year. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Other bigger event organisers should come and see what these people do, Terrific In full: Had a brilliant week end. Warm going but really enjoyed the run. The welcome back into Chester was amazing, I wanted to do the last mile again, Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Brilliantly organised event. In full: As ever a very well organised event with plenty of loos at the start and plenty of water on the course. Nice finish in Chester city centre and a great goodie bag/medal/tshirt. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: fantastic race and organisation In full: The organisation of this race is second to none. Everything a runner could wish for with lovely little extra touches,especially the music on route this year.
Like most I really struggled in the heat after 8 miles but the support of the crowd got me going again. Huge to thanks to the organisers the Marshalls and volunteers at the copious much needed water stations, the first aiders and all the people who turned out to support us. Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: A pleasure to run In full: This reminds me of Southport's MadDog 10k in it's thoughtful organisation. Everything a runner could need is here from the army of toilets, the great venue, brilliant marshalls, excellent tee shirt, medal and goody bag, well stocked, well manned water stations and added bonus of music en route this year. Lesson learnt though not to start off too fast in such hot weather as I faded sadly in the last four miles and time wasn't great. An unmissable race though for me and grateful thanks to all involved. The support along the course was amazing! Date of review: May 19, 2014
In short: Outstanding organisation, excellent support, lovely course - killer hill at the end! In full: Magnificent pre race and race day organisation made this a pleasure to anticipate and if the weather hadn't been so hideously hot it would have been an entirely fabulous experience.
As it was, the support, the generous water stations and the amazing marshalls and volunteers more than made up for the blood, sweat and tears.
After that killing final hill, the last 200 yards on the flat into the city centre, past the cheering crowds and across the finish line were brilliant.
The online tracking and the live streaming of the finish line were also an excellent idea.
Well done Chris and Andy - we'll definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 19, 2014