MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

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22/03/2014 at 14:03
Hi all , anyone else doing/done this one ?
Going to be my first marathon ..... Really exited and scared all at same time !
22/03/2014 at 15:37

If I don't come out of London Marathon absolutely hating it there's a good chance I'll do this one.

25/03/2014 at 12:18

Doing it this year, not done it before though but I am localish so know the course well.

Good luck with the training Heather.

See you in London sra , getting close now.

29/03/2014 at 21:46

I have done it twice and back again This year.  Superb organisation and good support in the local villages.

You will love it!!

29/03/2014 at 22:03

3rd time for me one of best out there. Lovely quick course and superbly organized. Great choice HeatherS 

30/03/2014 at 16:36

Hi all ! thanks for the replys , hotel booked and looking forward to starting training in June ....guess that will be the summer taken care of !!! I have been told there are a couple of hills along the way on this one !

16/04/2014 at 14:10

Hi, am thinking of entering this one for a fast Autumn marathon,  can anyone advise on how flat this is?  Thanks

16/04/2014 at 14:38

Not as flat as advertised

16/04/2014 at 16:27

There is only one real hill of any significance at mile 22/23.  It's a fairly sharp one but not particularly long.  I found the course to be pretty much flat other than that.

16/04/2014 at 20:54

Trouble is that hill is just in the wrong place. Great event though and I got a PB, but not the time I was hoping for, was much warmer than expected last year though

17/04/2014 at 09:34

Thanks guys.....feedback appreciated

18/04/2014 at 22:50

You will enjoy it Heather,i've done 4 marathons now and 2 of them were here! i could be doing a 3rd this year if plans for Loch Ness fall through. Fantastic support at the start and finish and through the small villages, perfect organisation and 2 steepish but short hills thrown it which are over with before you know it. A massive recommendation i could make as well would be to run with the pacing groups for whatever time you're hoping for,they know the course inside out and know when to go a little quicker to save them valuable seconds for the 2 hills. You really will enjoy it,just read the reviews to see that good luck and enjoy

19/04/2014 at 11:46

Thanks boothy good advice much appreciated , will def make use of pacers if there is one slow enough ! Race predictor time comes up at 4:20 although I expect will be slower . My big worry is finishing before cut off time  !! 

19/04/2014 at 14:20

dont be mad! course you'll make the cut off limit! and with it being your first marathon dont even think about a time, just use it to get round the course,complete it and look back on an amazing achievement. Remember when you cross the line,it wasn't just about the 26.2 miles you did on the day but all the effort and time you put in over the previous weeks and months.

20/04/2014 at 12:41

Thanks again appreciate as much advice as I can get ! had a look on race web site and pacers every 15 mins up to 5 hours 

21/04/2014 at 08:11
Heather - IMO you chose well.

Very well organised and the support staff and locals cheering you on is amazing. I was lucky it was my first (and possibly only one unfortunately).

It is mainly flat but I really did feel the hills at the end. You'll be fine and will get through them but they are longer (IMO) than I expected based on what I'd read beforehand. Don't let that put you off but best to be warned.
21/04/2014 at 10:58

Thanks Ed will bare that in mind , fortunately cant get away from hills on my runs I have more probs finding flat routes !! Respect the advice though and will def keep up the hill training 

21/04/2014 at 11:01

Ps sorry to hear it may have been your first and last marathon , I guess I will see how it goes on this one being my first ....I may want to burn my trainers after it !!

21/04/2014 at 14:36
Don't get me wrong the majority is flat - just a few (including me) were caught out as told it was just one small hill and there was more than we expected. Sure you'll be great though

It's only my last one as had to have a slipped disc sorted and fusion in my neck so not risking another Mara. Well not yet anyway - although have just booked in for a half Mara in July
22/04/2014 at 08:40

Ouch...good luck with your recovery Ed and good luck with half mara training hope all goes well for you.

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