MBNA Chester Marathon 2013

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15/12/2012 at 08:49
Splodge, I think that there is a travel lodge at the entrance to the race course, about 100 meters from the start/finish line.
15/12/2012 at 08:53
That one is a Holiday Inn Express if you're googling...
15/12/2012 at 13:22

Thanks Mr Puffy and scott,  )


16/12/2012 at 14:52

Splodge - I'm in the Chester Central Delamere Street travelodge - claims to be 0.8 miles from the racecours, so pretty near.

16/12/2012 at 21:30
I found that having to walk a mile or so back to the hotel was quite useful, it gave me a chance to stretch out a bit on the walk back. I think if I had not had to do that I would have stiffened up a lot more than I did!
16/12/2012 at 21:42

I wish the name of that bidget hotels wouldn't automatically get a web link. It makes it look like I'm advertising them. Which I am not. Stayed in one last week, and it was damp, cold, and lacking sufficient blankets. And paid for by work as well!


Edited: 16/12/2012 at 21:42
17/12/2012 at 22:02
Dan-,stayed thre last year. Ok, apart from the fact that the towels hadn't been changed and were covered in blood. Reception weren't too surprised or concerned. Tv remote didn't work- just got told there weren't any spares. Apart from that, it was ok....
19/12/2012 at 17:19
Is this a good first marathon folks?
19/12/2012 at 19:59
Well steve, it was my first marathon, and I have alreafy booked in to do it next year! Its a well supported and well organised race. I would heartily recomend it, good atmosphere, and chester is a nice place to visit for the weekend.
19/12/2012 at 20:05
That's the plan. I need a place where the missus and son can go shopping or something while I spend my time out on the road. I may be a while getting round!
19/12/2012 at 21:05
Hi Scott, sorry late late reply, I'm a newbie and lost this thread. I'd hope to be in a position to do a 3:30 marathon!!
19/12/2012 at 21:39
Hi paul, I will hope fully be about 15 minutes behind you then.....
Steve, my mrs is a vetran of hanging about while I am running. And she had a great time, just plan a couple of places in the city to look outfor you while on the course. My mrs usually ends up talking to other running widows while I am running. If you are staying over the night before, make sure that you book in some where for dinner months in advance!
20/12/2012 at 07:10
Thanks Scott. I had a mad plan to stay with my in laws near Preston the night before but I may be discarding that idea as plain mad. I've seen some of the accommodation prices and it makes more sense for me to do it that way. They do a better breakfast than my in laws at least. I've just about made my mind up to do this now, so all I have to do is motivate myself to run in the continual North Devon rain
20/12/2012 at 10:54
Definitely stay over! I found it to be a good motivatinal aid to book the race, the accommodation and to tell any one that would listen that I was doing it, then, failure is not an option......
20/12/2012 at 17:37
I night have to steal your idea of telling everyone at work. I have two marathon runners on my team at work. They'll be the hardest to impress.

I might join my local running club. Might improve my confidence.
20/12/2012 at 18:18
The 2runners at work might surprise you, I am sure that they will be very supportive! And will be more than happy to offer advice. Joini g a local club is a good idea, don't be shy, pop along, tell them what you are looming to achieve and go from there.
20/12/2012 at 19:51

I really really really really REALLY want to do Chester again.  But I also really really want to do Snowdonia too.  Hmm.

20/12/2012 at 21:26
Hmmm, HeOw, tough call......
20/12/2012 at 22:01
I want to do Snowdonia too but a step too far for a first marathon methinks. Running 26 miles on the flat is daunting enough...
20/12/2012 at 22:44
Steve, its 26.2, and chester isn't flat, admittedly, a lot flatter tnan snowdon, but not flat like here in Lincolnshire. I would suggest that chester would be a more sensible option if you haven't run many long races. As long as you can do 20 miles on training, ypu will be fine......
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