MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 8th October 2017. Enter now for Good Times!

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MBNA Chester Marathon

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08 Oct 2017 09:00

MBNA Chester Marathon - Sunday 8th October 2017. Enter now for Good Times!

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  • MBNA
  • Lucozade Sport
  • MBNA
  • Total Fitness

8th October 2017 - Enter now!

The Race Information booklet is here - check for all the race day details. If you entered by 10th September you will get a copy in the post with your race number.

We're proud to be hosting two championship events in 2017 - so the atmosphere will be even more fantastic than normal!

  • England Athletics 2017 Age Group Marathon Championships - find out more information here and enter as normal on the link above.

  • BMAF 2017 Marathon Championships - CLOSING DATE 24th September - BMAF members wishing to enter this should do so via the BMAF website www.bmaf.org.uk.

Whichever way you enter will not affect your participation as a member of the England Athletics team if you have qualified, nor as a competitor in the BMAF championships if eligible. 

2017 will be the 8th 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.

The 2016 MBNA Chester Marathon was a qualifying event for the 2017 England Age Group Marathon.

Enter before 31 January 2017 to get £5 off the standard race entry fee:
UKA Affiliated athletes £42
Non Affiliated athletes £44

Standard entry from 1 February to 31 July 2017
UKA Affiliated athletes £47
Non Affiliated athletes £49

Late entry from 1 August 2017:
UKA Affiliated athletes £52
Non Affiliated athletes £54

No hidden extras for processing or payment fees - enter above and the price shown is all you will pay. If the race is not full, entries will close on Wednesday 4th October. There will be no entries after this date.

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 (with sports caps) at all 9 stations, with Lucozade Sport Orange Drink and High5 IsoGels 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.

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

2016 Marathon Results

1st Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers & AC) 2:24:05
2nd Daniel Kestrel (Chan) (Barnsley Athletic Club) 2:24:56
3rd Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers & AC) 2:26:30
1st Katie Jones (Fife Athletic Club) 2:53:36
2nd Emma Ballantyne (City of York AC) 2:55:03
3rd Rachel Jones (Salford Harriers & AC) 2:56:16
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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