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The UK's favourite marathon (under 5000 runners) as voted by you in 2018. An iconic start at the Racecourse sets participants off on a tour of Chester's landmarks, and all finishers receive a goody bag complete with medal and T-Shirt. This is a true mass participation marathon, and the on course support from spectators makes for an amazing atmosphere.

Review summary

12 Reviews
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Sharon B
"This was my 3rd marathon this year of 4 in total. Chester has a lovely route..."


Elaine R
"I loved this marathon. Great course and awesome support. Very organised. Course..."


andy p
"I have done my pb for 2 years previous not flat but excellent organisation..."
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How to enter the MBNA Chester Marathon

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MBNA Chester Marathon routes


This is a truly stunning marathon course with plenty of potential for PBs. Run amongst all of Chester's most well known landmarks on closed roads before running through the countryside surrounding the city. You'll return along the River Dee for a grandstand finish at the Racecourse. There will be plenty of drinks stations along the route, not to mention plenty of entertainment to keep you motivated when the going gets tough.

Event Details

What’s Included
    Chip Timing
    What's Included
    Water Stations
    Finishers Medal, T-Shirt and Goodie Bag
    Bag Drop

As the race is run on a completely closed route, some parts will be inconvenient for spectators to reach. If you intend on driving to the event, take into account any road closures that may affect you, and please park responsibly. We recommend Holt and Farndon as the good spots to watch the race, where there are also plenty of spots to buy refreshments should you require.

There are also great spots to spectate in the City, just after the start, towards the end along the River Dee, and back at the Racecourse to cheer finishers in.


Volunteers are always needed at this race.To find out more, visit


Can I wear an iPod or music player?

Headphones are permitted, but we ask that you make sure you can hear instructions from race marshals and staff. Please consider leaving one earphone out to ensure this is possible.

Can I run with a buggy or a dog?

Unfortunately, we can't allow either.

Can I run in Fancy Dress?

Absolutely - but please be considerate to those around you and don't wear anything that might put fellow runners in danger or obstruct them in any way.

MBNA Chester Marathon weather forecast

Rain in the evening and overnight.

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MBNA Chester Marathon reviews (12)

4.8 out of 5 stars

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    Elaine R

    Did the Marathon in 2018

    I loved this marathon. Great course and awesome support. Very organised. Course undulating, some country roads - loved it
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    I have done my pb for 2 years previous not flat but excellent organisation highly recommended pace makers spot on two sub 4s
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Great event, well organised, lots of support, fab goody bag! I will be looking to do it again next year
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Considering the awful weather conditions in the week leading up to the event this was an amazingly well organised and managed event. Crowds out cheering at every village, well stocked aid stations and great marshals. Put simply the gold standard in marathon organisation.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Nice friendly feel and perfect organisation , great shirt, medal and a great place to visit for the weekend
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    My first time marathon. Fairly flat but a few undulations to help streach your muscles and avoid injury. Amazing volunteers and 4:45 pacer was a motivational genius.
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    The start and finish where moved from the racecourse due to the weather, the course was waterlogged.. but i preferred this as I didn't get muddy shoes for the last 200m like previous years.
    The Pacers are great, really encouraging the slower runners.. I've done this 3 years in a row, so it must be a good course ☺️... But next year I think it's time to try a different course...
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    This was my 3rd marathon this year of 4 in total. Chester has a lovely route and of course running through the centre was lovely. All the volunteers were friendly and supportive. I loved the finishing top, buff and goodies. I will definitely enter this marathon again, a challenge but a challenge with many good bits and gorgeous buildings, houses and country lanes, fields to admire and distract from the mileage!! Thank you 😊
  • Did the Marathon in 2019

    Good experience,gr8 Marshall's well organised .medals for triple crown and the top was the best of all my races by far.
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