In short: Brilliant in every way In full: This is a great marathon, for marathon beginners and veterans alike. The course is straightforward without being boring, starting out from the Racecourse where there's a great atmosphere, through the City and then off into the Borders.
The organisation is faultless, marshals everywhere where you'd want them, plenty of drink stations and also plenty of portaloos around the course if required.
I'm not sure what the course commentator was on though. Some of the most bizarre announcements and comments I've ever heard in public! But even that added to the day, in its own way! Date of review: October 5, 2015
In short: Brilliant - absolute must In full: If you are looking for a marathon other than London this is the one to go for. Lovely route that starts through the streets of Chester, heads out into country lanes and through small villages and then back into town to finish at the race course. Organisation was absolutely spot on. Right down to replenishing the toilet paper in the portaloos! Lots of happy marshalls on route and plenty of water (and lucozade) stations. It's fast too. Plus you get to train during the summer rather than the winter. Thank you to everyone who made this event such a great day. Date of review: October 5, 2015
In full: My first ever marathon, and how wise I was to pick this one. Beautiful scenery, wonderful support, heroic marshals. What a wonderfully organised race this is. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In short: Friendly and enjoyable event In full: A very friendly atmosphere created by fellow competitors and the locals supporting the race. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers for making this a great event. I will be back. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In short: One of my favs In full: Done it every year, always a great race and it just gets better. Enjoy this course for its mix of scenery, great support and friendly feeling. Date of review: November 21, 2014
In full: Was my first race, with quite a mix of scenery to keep things interesting. Very well organised, scenic race. Plenty of first timers mixed in with the speedy club types, so its easy to find your pace and you're not alone. Really enjoyed running into the finish being cheered on by runners and their families, and greeted by smiling kids with medals and goodies. Has the feel of a family event - there's a very popular 1 mile fun run for the kids too and lots for the family to do in Chester while they waited for me to get back. Date of review: November 20, 2014
In short: Brilliant race in a great city In full: Love racing in my home city; beautiful scenery - running gives you time to appreciate it. Running on traffic free roads is great, and you can just maintain your rhythm, so it was comfortable all the way round. Set off easy and I was glad of it later when I was overtaking people on Sandy Lane. If you want a fast race in a lovely location with plenty of support from runners, volunteers and locals, then this is the one for you. Lovely long sleeve T-shirt to train in, and a medal for my collection. And a Mars Bar! Was I ready for that - sports drinks and gels are great to get you round but you can only take so much before you want chocolate! Date of review: November 20, 2014