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
In short: Super double duper. In full: You can tell when... Your name and timing chip is on your bib Everything arrives on time The loo queues move quickly Your goody bag has more goodies than junk The helpers all smile a lot (Cheshire-folk are SO friendly!) There are bins at every mile marker You get the option of water, gels and isotonic drinks The water bottles have caps on The finish zone people all keeping saying nice things to you You get a sports massage for a small charity donation The course is scenic and interesting You can tell... When a race is organised by runners for runners.
Only minor comments would be - state it is "undulating" rather than flat. But really, that's it for negatives.
My 7th marathon (having done London, Paris, Dublin...) and Chester is up there among the best in terms of organisation. Yes I got a nifty PB which helps (3h 11) and snipped 14mins off previous PB... But still, a super double duper great race. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Well organised, very friendly, very enjoyable In full: I travelled from Norfolk for this race and it was well worth it. Slick organisation at start. Loo queues looked long but moved fast. Closed roads meant there was space for everyone to run at their own pace, but nice to always have someone around. Volunteer and crowd support were all brilliant and really good to see so many youngsters involved. Absolutely spoiled for choice at frequent water/aid stations. Scenic last mile along the river to more professional organisation at finish. Well done and thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: October 8, 2012
In short: Top draw! In full: This was my first Marathon and I absolutely loved it. I chose Chester as expected it to be well organised after running the half Marathon inMay and it didn't disappoint. Grass start not a problem for me and expected a few hills along the way. Great support from the volunteers and general public also. Date of review: October 8, 2012