Organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon have announced a brand new addition to this year’s race, in the form of a 26.2km (16.3 mile) race; the MBNA Chester Metric Marathon, and entries are expected to sell out fast.
Taking place on the same day as the MBNA Chester Marathon (Sunday 5th October), the metric marathon will give runners the chance to complete a shorter distance race as an alternative to the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
Andy White, Joint Race Organiser commented: “We came up with the idea to introduce the metric marathon to this year’s event to give even more people the opportunity to get involved. The distance is ideal for those looking to step up from a half marathon but who don’t quite fancy the full marathon distance at this stage. It’s also perfect for anyone in the midst of training for a spring marathon in 2015.
“We’ve done a lot of research and there are currently no other organised metric marathon’s set to take place in the UK this year. As runners ourselves, we are really keen to help people progress with their running, and the metric marathon bridges the gap between a 10k or half marathon and a full marathon distance, which we hope will appeal to those looking to make the transition between the two”.
Participants in the metric marathon will be treated to the same race day experience as those taking part in the marathon, starting and finishing at Chester Racecourse and getting the opportunity to enjoy the best parts of the marathon route, which will see its fifth year in 2014.
Earlier this year, the annual race secured the Gold Award in the Best Mass Participation Race category in the Sweatshop Awards for the Running Industry, which was reiterated by Runner’s World magazine, where the event was labelled the UK’s Number One Road Marathon of 2013.
Both awards were dictated by the UK running community, following 97% positive feedback from the public on the Runner’s World forum, and the Sweatshop Awards for the Running Community gong stemming from 7,000 public votes.
Chris Hulse, Joint Race Organiser added: “This addition to the race gives runners the chance to be part of the UK’s favourite marathon without having to go the full 26.2 miles. Metric marathon entrants will start from the exact same point that our marathon runners do, and the finish gantry will be directly adjacent, so they will be able to experience the same atmosphere of a marathon finish”.
Entries for the metric marathon are now open and are limited to just 1000 places this year. Entry costs £33 for UKA affiliated runners and £35 for non-affiliated runners.’
Entries for the fifth MBNA Chester Marathon are still open, but filling fast. Runners can secure their entries for either event at www.chestermarathon.co.uk.