In short: Fantastically organised race In full: My first marathon and a great one to start with. The organisation was superb, plenty of marshals and supporters. Not as flat as I hoped but was warned about the hill at 23 miles. Thoroughly enjoyed the event, would recommend to any first timer. Date of review: October 9, 2015
In short: The best non city based marathon I've yet run. In full: Okay it starts in a (small) city, but most of the Chester marathon is on rural roads - still no small feat to close the entire route to traffic which made for a worry free marathon. Superbly organised, couldn't pick a single fault with it. Ran my first 2:45 there so it's a quick course, although with plenty of undulations there are quicker marathons out there. Would highly recommend. Date of review: October 8, 2015
In short: What a fabulous event - thanks to the org and the supporters In full: This was my first marathon and what a fab experience. I have been running half's for the last 10 yrs so was used to running in events like Chester. However I found that Chester was special - the start at the race course, the route through the countryside and then the finish back at the race course - fab. Finishing in 3h:51min was another great aspect of course...will come back next year!! Date of review: October 7, 2015
In short: Scenic course, superb organisation with attention to detail, great support In full: This was my third marathon (previously run Edinburgh - 2014, and London - 2015) and was definitely my favourite. The organisation was slick and everything ran like clockwork. I was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm and encouragement from the organisers on race day. The attention to detail was excellent.
The course was beautiful - a mixture of historic city and scenic countryside, and was mainly flat, with a few hills towards the end. It was not over-crowded, so there was no weaving in and out, and it was possible to maintain a steady pace throughout. Although many sections of the course are rural (I personally love this), the support in the villages was good. Runners had their name on their race number, and it was very encouraging to hear your name being cheered on. Marshalling was excellent throughout, and there were plenty of drinks stations and toilets on the course.
Definite PB potential: I ran this an hour quicker than Edinburgh, and half an hour quicker than London. I would definitely recommend this run. Date of review: October 7, 2015
In short: A great well organised race In full: A fantastic atmosphere throughout the race. Well organised with plenty of volunteers and a big thank you to the Race Angels for encouraging you up that last hill.
In short: The organisation of a major event with the friendliness of a club run In full: This race ticks all the boxes; a beautiful city, warm people, faultless organisation, crowds at every town and village and farmers at every gate, top pacemakers, the kids at the waterstations all mad as a box of frogs. 700 volunteers for 5,000 runners says it all...and they all cheered me as if I was the hero! No, Chester, you were the heroes. Date of review: October 6, 2015