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
In short: A lovely undulating but fair course In full: There were enough runners to make this race feel special but still plenty of room to run (a bit busy in the 3.30 pace pack but that's to be expected)This is an excellent course passing through some lovely Cheshire and Welsh countryside...There is a cheeky hill in mile 26 so be warned! Date of review: October 6, 2015
In short: near perfect marathon event. In full: an amazing ,well organised event with great marshals and volunteers. having your name on your number is great as so many volunteers and spectators call out your name ,which spurs you on. plenty of water stations with gels and sports drinks . just a great event that's organised very well . only issue was traffic getting to the official car park on the race course. it took 45 minutes to travel less than 2 miles from my b&b so just allow plenty of time for that . most certainly recommend chester ,and I would defo do it again. got a pb too which was a bonus. Date of review: October 6, 2015