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.
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, with bottled water at all 9 stations, and sports drinks and High5 IsoGel 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 let us know.
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.
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|
As with all such events, our events would not be possible without the help of a huge team of volunteers.Find out more.