The pace runnners
We are pleased to announce that once again runners of the MBNA Chester Marathon will be supported, both at the monthly training runs and on race day, by our Pace Runners, sponsored by The Big Let Company.
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 Let Pace Runners are also a familiar sight at our monthly training runs, where they support runners in their progress towards race day.
GLYN Target Time: 3:00
Glyn runs for Salford Harriers and first paced for us in the 2015 Marathon.
JACK Target Time: 3:00
We welcome Jack, as he joins the ranks of the Pace Crew for this year's marathon.
LEE Target Time: 3:15
Lee is a member of Black Country Triathlete Club and first paced for us in 2016.
ALEX Target Time: 3:15
This is Alex's first outing with our Pace Crew and we welcome him to the team and thank him for coming in at short notice.
JASON Target Time: 3:30
Jason runs for Blackburn Road Runners and has paced for us many times at both the half and full marathons.
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.
MICHAEL Target Time: 3:45
Michael runs with Blackburn Road Runners and made his debut as a Pace Runner in the 2016 MBNA Chester Marathon.
JON Target Time: 4:00
Jon runs for North Wales Road Runners and made his debut as a pace runner with us at the 2016 marathon.
MICHAEL Target Time: 4:00
Michael runs for Blackburn Road Runners and made his debut with us at the 2016 marathon.
STEVE Target Time: 4:00
We welcome Steve, from Chester Road Runners, to the Pace Crew as he makes his debut with us at the marathon.
STEVE Target Time: 4:15
Steve runs for Buckley AC. Steve is a stalwart member of the Pace Crew having paced for us at all events since the 2014 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.
DAVE Target Time: 4:30
Dave runs for Massey Ferguson and has paced for us since the 2014 marathon.
AMENA Target Time: 4:30
Amena runs for Liverpool AC and first paced for us in the 2014 marathon.
GARY Target Time: 4:45
Gary is a member of the 100 Marathon Club. He is one of our veteran Pace Runners and Gary 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.
ALISON Target Time: 4:45
Alison has paced for us at the 2015 marathon and the 2016 half marathon and is a familiar face at our training runs.
SUE Target Time: 5:00
Sue runs for Ellesmere Port Running Club. Sue made her pacing debut with us at the 2016 marathon and this year she is joined by her club mate, Rachel Beddows.
RACHEL Target Time: 5:00
We welcome Rachel to the Pace Crew for the marathon. Rachel will be pacing with her club mate Sue from Ellesmere Port Running Club.
JOHN Target Time: 5:15
We welcome another Blackburn Road Runner, John, to the Pace Crew for this year's marathon as we introduce 5:15 pacers to the event.
LESLEY Target Time: 5:15
We welcome Lesley to the Pace Crew for this year's marathon. Lesley will be pacing 5:15 along with her club mate, John, from Blackburn Road Runners.
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|
As with all such events, our events would not be possible without the help of a huge team of volunteers.Find out more.