MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018. Enter now for Good Times!

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07 Oct 2018 09:00

MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 7th October 2018. Enter now for Good Times!

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The pace runnners





We are pleased to announce that runners of the MBNA 2018 Chester Marathon will be supported, both at the monthly training runs and on race day, by The Big Estate Agency.


There are 19 runners in our Pace Crew Team, who will be targeting every 15 minute time slot from 3 hours to 5 hours.

Pace runners run the race at a pre-determined pace which they may adjust slightly at different points in the race to take account of the changes in terrain.

If you are a new runner with a specific target time in mind or you are looking to beat your personal best time, our Pace Crew will be there to help you achieve your goal.  

Our Big Estate Agency Pace Runners are also a familiar sight at our monthly training runs, where they support runners in their progress towards race day.



  • CHRIS Target Time: 3:00

    Chris, from Helsby RC, is pacing for us for the first time this year.

    GLYN Target Time: 3:00

    Glyn runs for Salford Harriers and has paced for several of our events.

  • ALEX Target Time: 3:15

    Alex, from Penny Lane Striders, returns to pace running duties.

    ROB Target Time: 3:15

    Rob, from Pensby Runners, joins us again as a Pace Runner.

  • KIERAN Target Time: 3:30

    Kieran, who runs for Wrecsam Tri, is a seasoned member of the Pace Crew.

    SHAFIQ Target Time: 3:30

    Shafiq runs for Blackburn Road Runners and has paced many times for us in both the half and full marathons.

  • CAZ Target Time: 3:45

    Caz runs for Wirral AC and is one of our veteran Pace Runners having paced for us in the marathon since 2013 and the half marathon since 2014.

    STEVE Target Time: 3:45

    Steve, from Chester Road Runners, returns to the Pace Crew.

  • DAVE Target Time: 4:00

    Dave runs for Massey Ferguson and has paced for us since the 2014 marathon.

    JON Target Time: 4:00

    Jon, who runs for North Wales Road Runners, is a familiar face at our training runs and has guided runners in many of our events.

    MICHAEL Target Time: 4:00

    Michael runs with Blackburn Road Runners and made his debut as a Pace Runner in the 2016 MBNA Chester Marathon.

  • GRAHAM Target Time: 4:15

    Graham runs for Spectrum Striders and has paced for us many times since joining the Pace Crew in 2013.

    MARK Target Time: 4:15

    Mark, from Blackburn Road Runners, makes his debut as a Pace Runner in this event.

  • AMENA Target Time: 4:30

    Amena, from Liverpool RC, is a regular member of our Pace Crew.

    NATHALIE Target Time: 4:30

    Nathalie, from Chester Road Runners, makes her debut as a Pace Runner at this year's event.

  • GARY Target Time: 4:45

    Gary is a member of the 100 Marathon Club. He is one of our veteran Pace Runners and has the distinction of being the only Pace Runner in the 2013 Chester Half Marathon when we were first exploring the notion of Pace Runners for our events.

    KEVIN Target Time: 4:45

    Kevin, who runs for South Devon AC, makes his debut as a Pace Runner at this year's marathon.

  • RACHEL Target Time: 5:00

    Rachel, from Ellesmere Port Running Club, first paced for us in last year's marathon.

    SUE Target Time: 5:00

    Sue runs for Ellesmere Port Running Club and is a regular member of the Pacing Team.

Course Record

The route is renowned for being fast and largely flat – more than 70% of our runners achieve PBs!


Marius Ionescu in 2014


Julie Briscoe in 2013

2017 Marathon Results

1st Lloyd Biddell (Mercia Fell Runners) 2:26:12
2nd Tom Aldred (London Heathside) 2:27:34
3rd Stuart Hawkes (Tipton Harriers) 2:28:11
1st Sarah Lowery (Sheffield RC) 2:44:27
2nd Sarah Webster (Northern (Isle of Man) AC) 2:48:30
3rd Michelle Nolan-Hood (Gateshead Harriers & AC) 2:48:49
See all results


As with all such events, our events would not be possible without the help of a huge team of volunteers.

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