In short: Glorious Marathon held over two countries In full: First time of running the Chester Marathon, and I really enjoyed it.
Organisation was excellent - plenty of cover at the start and finish if the weather isn't behaving. Plenty of pacer options too.
A nice route out through the city and countryside - it really shows Chester off well and the start and finish at the race course is perfect. There are only two or three hills on the course - so hardly hilly - and for every hill up - you've run down so I don't think it would slow you much if at all.
Biggest medal I've ever got and a lovely tecchy long sleeve teeshirt.
The showers in the changing room were bloody freezing though - someone needs to shove 50p in the meter next time.
Well done to the organisers - its a very impressive race after only a few years. Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: Organised, friendly, good 1st marathon In full: Extremely organised. Safety pins sent in the post with your race number, little plastic bags to keep your feet dry at the start. Little things but they add up.
PB potential. It isn't totally flat but finding 26 miles of flatness mustn't be easy. I'd heard about the 'hill' at 24 miles that everyone warns you about and was a bit unsure about what to expect. i wasn't expecting 2 hills in the space of 5 minutes or so! First hill looked worst than it was and was manageable. the next hill was a bit worse but still not as bad as I was expecting.
Most of the course is rural and support from the villages was great. Although I must admit some of the course seemed a bit lonely, but some people might like that. All the marshals were amazing and encouraging. There was a lady marshal cheering on all the women, love a bit of girl power! Finishing on the race course is a brilliant touch.
Nice to get a long sleeved technical t-shirt as opposed to a short sleeved one.
A couple of minor things, the incorrect placing of the 24 mile marker did throw me, normally wouldn't have minded too much but was particularly struggling at that stage. Also one of the 3hrs 45 pacers over took me around 24 miles and confused me. As I was on for about 3hr 40/41 (which I did), as was the pacer as I had started by them. There was 2 pacers so I'm guessing the other did 3hrs 45. I understand if people want sub 3.45 but this was a good few minutes quicker and panicked me and possible others. Think the pacers should stick to the time as much as possible with a lee way of about 30 secs. I'm not saying all the pacers did this though as I've read good things about the sub 3hrs ones.
My first marathon and am i glad I chose Chester. Already planning my next marathon so the experiencing must have been fun! Date of review: October 8, 2013
In short: Very well organised and friendly race In full: Very well organised and friendly race. The pace runners being a welcome addition. Lots of support through the villages on route. Date of review: October 8, 2013