In short: Fantastic race that has everything a marathon runner could wish for In full: Absolutely loved this race. The organisers deserve a pat on the back for this one with superb organisation and attention to the small things that really make a difference.
I entered this race in order to go for a GFA for next year's London so wanted a fast track, bottled drinks (ideally sports), chip timing and any other nice touches I could find. Chester came along and I found a 280mile journey in front of us to get there but so glad we did.
The course is ideal - an old railway track that has been covered over with Tarmac. It is free of traffic and very straight! This is a bit of a negative however in that it is a bit on the boring side. A small point though as the spectators who were dotted around the route gave some much welcomed encouragement. Did any one else also think it was slightly uphill on the way out leading to a thought that it would be nicely downhill on the way back but the reverse happened! It all seemed to have a slight climb!
Drinks stations were very well manned and had the promised mix of sports drinks and water.
The finish was nice at the Rugby Club with the spectators in the grandstand. Showers after and a nice medal and goody bag.
Well done Chester, hope to see you again and hope you get enough ratings so that you get a well deserved mention in the RW Top 50. Thank you. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Well organised marathon with PB potential In full: Well organised event, great use of the greenway and traffic free without shutting down loads of roads. Well stocked drinks stations, all the basics ticked from a runners point of view. This is a wonderful, low-key marathon which has much to recommend. No negatives to report. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Great support, great organisation, great goody bag, average route. In full: The organisation was excellent, faultless even. Loads of parking, good signs, happy and plentiful marshalls. Lots of drink stations inc. sports drink at every other station! Good support along the way. The route prevents a 5 out of 5 for me - I thought I'd never get off the ruddy tow path, it seemed to go on forever. Was flat though. It would have been nice to go through Chester itself. Overall though, my first ever marathon (I set a PB...)and I was really impressed. A special mention to the organisers... excellent, excellent job! Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: A new race that feels like it's been around for years In full: A brand new race organised by people who seem to have thought of everything - loads of drinks, good parking, road closures where need, great finish and a flat course made for a pb. Shame my own performance didn't match! Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Great race, superbly organised and plenty of drinks stations. Good technical t-shirt & even got a large bag of Haribos in the goody bag. What more could a girl wish for?! Well done to the organisers - a huge success. Will be back next year Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Registration the evening before was some-what underwhelming. However on the day the race was well organised, had really friendly support and was a course made for speed. What a fantastic addition to the marathon racing calendar. Date of review: May 31, 2010