In short: First time marathon, extremely impressive organisation, fast course In full: This was my first marathon and the organisation was so well done that I felt like an old-stager. Everything was well laid out in the tented village, start and finish lines were easy to find and positioned well and there were plenty of toilets and other facilities such as food etc.
The course is set in very beautiful countryside, mostly flat, but there are a couple of climbs near the end which add a bit of spice. Still, I was happy to get under four hours in my first marathon. Support all around the course was excellent especially given the rural location. Everything was so smooth that I would certainly do it all again. Well done Andy and Chris. Date of review: October 12, 2012
In short: Well organised and scenic In full: Both water and isotonic drinks were in bottles - much better than cups. The bins at each mile post were also very handy - not everyone takes just one sip at each station! (First marathon for me - so a PB!) Date of review: October 12, 2012
In short: Faultless organisation and a great race In full: Everything just works at this event - the pre-race info, the race day set-up, support along the way and the route itself. It's not absolutely flat and there are a couple of hills to make you work but whether you are after a PB course or just a great race in a great city then it would be hard to beat this one. Date of review: October 12, 2012
In short: Excellent organisation, great support and a lovely course In full: This is one of the best organised, most friendly races I've entered. Great facilities at the racecourse with quick baggage drop and plenty of toilets. The support from the marshals throughout was fantastic and there were plenty of well-stocked water stations. The course through lovely Cheshire and Welsh country side is slightly more undulating than you might expect, but the views make up for it. Will definitely be back again! Date of review: October 11, 2012
In short: Well organised, friendly marshalls, good course In full: Very well organised and friendly event. Organiser even on hand at the end to give me my bottle of water. Largely flat course with a couple of short but steep hills at around 24 miles (ouch) - still managed to beat my PB by 52 minutes though (!) coming in at 3:32 I am currently stepping back down to 1/2's again now and have already entered next year's at Chester in May (also got my half PB earlier at Chester this year in 1:29) so I like Chester!! Date of review: October 11, 2012