In short: PB by 10 minutes - it must have been good! In full: Well organised, great support all the way by marshalls, waterstop attendants and bystanders. Well stocked and frequent hydration/energy points along the way. Long sleeved tech T shirt will be much used over winter. A few more 'undulations' than I was expecting! Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Scenic, flattish, clumps of local support, well organised In full: I enjoyed this marathon, well organised,great set up at base, fab setting and chance to run fast. Felt it lacked the atmosphere of Edinburgh earlier in year - more serious with fewer costumes, fewer supporters along route and a lot less chat. Running stalls in tented village had some fab kit bargains on trainers and clothes tho! Date of review: October 8, 2012
In full: Almost perfect race. The only thing I can complain about is the cold water in the showers. And one more message for organizers - please don't claim something what is not truth in front of 3000 people - Chester marathon is not the only marathon in the world run in two countries. I will definitelly recommend this race to all runners from beginners to PB-improvers. Oh, and special thanks to all the marshals round the course.
In short: Swore it would be my first and last, I may change my mind In full: This was my first marathon, I swore beforehand it would also be my last. I entered it for the challenge of the distance, to say that I had done it. I loved it. It hurt, as any run over this distance would, but I loved it. Scenery was nice, not many hills, nice rolling landscapes. Not many spectators over the race, but when they were there they were brilliant! The finish was fantastic, lots of spectators here cheering you on and lots of finishers cheering you too! It had that personal feel to it and crossing the line was just brilliant. If I was going to do another, this would be it. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Fantastic organisation, volunteers and route In full: I just hope it does not get too big. Very good mix of supporters cheering, and tranquil countryside. At one point it felt like I was on one of my training runs in the countryside lanes, and the next like I was in the London Marathon with the Chester crowds. Loved it. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Superb course and definite PB race In full: I shattered my PB of 3.25 with a 3.04.15, so obviously I'm happy, but out of 15 of my club running 12 got PB's. Says it all about the course. Fast and mostly flat, with a small hill at 23 and a longer one at 25, which hurt and which is the only small criticism. Not good place to have it. Drinks every 3 miles, brilliant support from the marshals, nice tech top and all in all, great race Date of review: October 8, 2012