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Metric Marathon Explained

Posted on: 14 July 2023

At Chester, we were one of the first race events to host a UK-based Metric Marathon back in 2014, so we’re now fully-fledged experts at this distance.

We launched the MBNA Metric Marathon for many reasons which we’ll share in this article. It really…

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Any time is a great time to enter a marathon!

Posted on: 14 July 2023

Running a marathon is an endurance masterclass. It is an epic feat for anyone to achieve – running 26.2 miles is above and beyond the average person. This is not because it isn’t achievable, but more because it takes a certain character, drive, perse…

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Chester has the best pacer crew on the planet!

Posted on: 14 July 2023

Chester’s Pace Crew are all heroes without capes (though if given half the chance there are at least a couple of them who would relish the idea of capes being part of the pacer crew race gear).

Our philosophy has always been getting people running a…

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How to train for a Half Marathon Part 2: Peaking

Posted on: 06 April 2023

This is the second part of our half marathon special from HIGH5's Running Experts, RunningWithUs. It covers the second phase of your training in the build up to the big day with top tips on running economically and staying healthy.

Peaking, specific…

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How to Train for a Half Marathon Part 1: Building Foundations

Posted on: 06 April 2023

Consistently voted the UK’s favourite race distance, a half marathon is a great way to bridge up from a 10km to a full marathon.

However, it is a distance with its own unique characteristics that will both challenge your endurance whilst still givin…

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How To Progress From A 10k To A Half Marathon

Posted on: 06 April 2023

Running 10k is a huge achievement and is a fantastic goal to aim for.

Training to get to that level is a great way to spend your time and is the perfect opportunity to fundraise. But you don’t need to stop there. Once you’ve run that far you can eas…

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All Chester Running Events Named As The Representative Races For England Age Group Masters Championships 2023

Posted on: 16 January 2023

What an incredible ‘Hat-trick’ of an achievement & badge of honour for the MBNA Chester 10K, ESSAR Chester Half Marathon & MBNA Chester Marathon & Metric Marathon to host the England Age Group Master Championships. 

We are proud that all…

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Inspirational Stories - Roger The Wheelchair Racer

Posted on: 23 August 2021

Roger has been racing with us for a number of years now and it's always a pleasure to see him on the start line. Roger is FAST! So much so, that finding escort runners to support him can sometimes prove tricky! He may be slower on the uphills, but th…

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Training Tips - The Underestimated Value of Rest & Recovery by Coach Dave Taylor

Posted on: 20 August 2021

“Rest days are for wimps!”  D Taylor, Tattenhall Runners circa 1984

“The value of rest and recovery is often ignored – at the runner’s peril! D Taylor, Coach, August 2021.

I’m glad to say that in the decades I’ve been a competitive runner I’ve actu…

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Training Tips - Managing Those Miles by Coach Dave Taylor

Posted on: 19 August 2021

For me the hardest part of any race is making sure I’m in the right place at the right time – my bowels and bladder are happy: my shoes match; I’ve got the right kit on (the time I forgot my shorts for the Llandudno 10 is still etched in my memory!) …

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1st Andrew Hayes (Hallamshire Harriers) 1:05:52
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3rd Ed Shepherd (Woodford Green AC) 1:06:59
1st Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers) 1:15:19
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