MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 2nd October 2016. Enter now for Good Times!

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MBNA Chester Marathon

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02 Oct 2016 09:00

MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 2nd October 2016. Enter now for Good Times!

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  • MBNA
  • Lucozade Sport
  • Total Fitness
  • MBNA
  • Aftershokz

2nd October 2016 - Enter now!

Chester - The multi award winning destination marathon

2016 will be the 7th MBNA Chester Marathon and we have developed an enviable reputation with runners of all levels and abilities. We are runners ourselves and it is our passion to deliver a world class mass participation race. With this in mind we are growing the race in a carefully controlled manner to ensure that quality is not compromised in any way.

We are proud to be a qualifying event for the 2017 England Age Group Marathon.

Entry fees:
UKA Affiliated        £45 to 30 November 2015
                                 £47 from 1 December 2015 until 31 July 2016
                                 £49 from 1 August 2016

Non UKA Affiliated £47 to 30 November 2015
                                  £49 from 1 December 2015 until 31 July 2016
                                  £51 from 1 August 2016

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The fast and predominantly flat route is on closed roads covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales. You will run past all Chester's iconic landmarks (Roman Walls, Cathedral, Medieval Rows,  Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre) before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North Wales countryside and villages; returning alongside the River Dee for a unforgettable finish at the Racecourse. The support in the villages and communities along the course is one of the many highlights of the race.

Drinks stations will be at every 2.5 to 3 miles; there will be bottled water at all 9 stations, with High5 IsoGel and Lucozade Sport Orange isotonic drink also available on the route. There will be bands, music and entertainment along the way to entertain the crowds and runners.  If any bands are interested in joining us please email bands@activeleisureevents.co.uk.

We will have chip timing with intermediate splits at 10k, 20k, halfway, 30k and 40k, with social media athlete tracking so friends and family can follow your progress.

As the race is run on fully closed roads, headphones are permitted under UK Athletics rules. It's still important to be able to hear your fellow runners and instructions from marshals. Conventional headphones are designed to block out ambient sounds, and we encourage caution when using them outdoors. AfterShokz headphones are different in that their open ear design, which sits on the jaw bone, keep the ears free to hear ambient sounds which heightens awareness and fosters greater safety. Use the code CHESTER16 for £10 off any pair of Aftershokz at www.aftershokz.co.uk.

All finishers will receive a quality goody bag, as well as a long sleeved technical T-shirt and a bespoke medal.

And why should you have all the fun!  Check out the Mini Marathon for your young supporters. Click here for more information.

You should find all the information you need on the web site and FAQ's. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like any additional information.


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

2015 Marathon Results

1st David Rigby (Preston Harriers) 2:24:47
2nd Daniel Chan (Barnsley Athletic Club) 2:26:58
3rd Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers & AC) 2:27:48
1st Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers) 2:49:09
2nd Carla Molinaro (Bellahouston Road Runners) 2:51:50
3rd Hannah Jarvis (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) 2:54:31
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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