MBNA Chester Marathon & Metric Marathon

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This race is a fan-favourite marathon as voted 3 years in a row! 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. The on course support from spectators makes for an amazing atmosphere.
Participants
Metric Marathon, and Marathon
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Calendar
Sun 3rd Oct 2021
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4.8
(12 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Chester Racecourse, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY, UK
Start times
Marathon:
10:15am |
Metric Marathon:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for MBNA Chester Marathon & Metric Marathon
Metric Marathon
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26.2km
£47.00 - £55.00
Marathon
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26.2mi
£47.00 - £55.00
Route information
MBNA Marathon
Runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre and through the Roman Walls before heading out of the City across the Old Dee Bridge.
The route then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster's estate, through Pulford, before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett.
Keeping to the rural lanes runners complete a small loop before entering the historic village of Holt. Then crossing the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England and the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington.
On re-entering the City, runners pass the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse!
The route is largely flat with some short hills or gradual climbs which are predominantly in the second half of the course - see elevation. 70% of runners achieved a personal best marathon time.
Course Records
  • Men - 2:21:25 by Marius Ionescu in 2014
  • Women - 2:40:26 by Julie Briscoe in 2013
Metric Marathon
Our innovative metric marathon route takes in the historic city centre sights and the scenic villages of Cheshire.
Runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock and Amphitheatre before leaving Chester along Boughton.
Turning down Sandy Lane the route passes alongside the River Dee and through Huntington onto rural country lanes. After running through Aldford then you reach the turnround point, and join the marathon runners on the return to Chester - see elevation.
On re-entering the City, runners follow the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse!
Course Records
  • Men - 1:26:58 by Charlie Hulson in 2018
  • Women - 1:44:14 by Hannah Jarvis in 2017
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What's included
  • Chip Timing
  • What's Included
  • Water Stations
  • Finishers Medal,
  • T-Shirt
  • Goodie Bag
  • Pacers
  • Bag Drop
  • First aid
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How to get there
Chester Racecourse, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY, UK
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Parking
Parking for competitors and supporters will be available on the grass at the centre of the Chester Racecourse. The car park will open at 0630hrs and will close at 0800hrs to allow for the start of the races.
There will be a fee of £3.00 for parking. Please have the correct money ready when you arrive. The car park will re-open at approximately 1100hrs and will remain open until approximately 1800hrs. Disabled parking will be available closer to the main buildings of the racecourse.
There are over 3,000 car parking places available in car parks within easy walking distance of the racecourse in Chester city centre. These car parks will charge a variety of fees dependent on the length of time vehicles are parked.
Event day logistics
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The home of the multi-award winning and three time winner of the UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners (2018, 2019, 2020), the MBNA Chester Marathon. One of the UK's longest running and award winning half marathons, the Essar Chester Half Marathon, and the award winning, sell-out, best City Centre 10K in the North West, the ALDI Chester 10K. All our races are organised under UKA rules, and measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers.
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Spectator Info
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.
The organisers 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.
FAQ's
Can I wear fancy dress to the MBNA Chester Marathon?
Of course! We only ask that you don't wear anything that may endanger or obstruct anyone running around you.
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Can I run with a buggy or a dog at the MBNA Chester Marathon?
Unfortunately neither dogs nor buggies are allowed on the course.
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Will there be pacers at the MBNA Chester Marathon?
There will be Marathon pace runners at the target times of 3:00 and every 15 minutes up to 5:00 hours (chip time). There won't be pace runners for the metric marathon.
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Can I wear headphones in the MBNA Chester Marathon?
Yes, as this is a fully closed route. We ask that you leave one earphone out so that you can hear any instructions from race staff
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Reviews
4.8
12 reviews
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CrowdsIncredible crowds
BicepFlexChallenging course
Elaine R
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
I loved this marathon. Great course and awesome support. Very organised. Course undulating, some country roads - loved it
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4.7
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
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4.7
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
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5.0
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.
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Nice friendly feel and perfect organisation , great shirt, medal and a great place to visit for the weekend
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5.0
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.
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4.0
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...
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4.3
Did the Marathon in 2019
Well organised race
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5.0
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 😊
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5.0
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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