MBNA Chester Marathon - 3rd October 2021.

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03 Oct 2021 09:00

MBNA Chester Marathon - 3rd October 2021.

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The pace runnners

We have 19 Pace Runners targetting every 15 minute time slot from 3 hours to 5 hours.  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 Pace Runners are also a familiar sight at our monthly training runs, where they support runners in their progress towards race day. 

If you'd like to be considered for our 2020 Pace Crew please contact our Pace Crew Manager, Dave davet@chestermarathon.co.uk

Our 2020 marathon Pace Crew will be announced in Summer 2020.  This was our 2019 team:



  • DAVID Target Time: 3:00

    David, from Blackburn RR, makes his debut for us in this year's marathon.

    JOE Target Time: 3:00

    Joe, a Denbigh Harrier, is making his debut as a member of the Pace Crew for this year's MBNA Chester Marathon.

  • KIERAN Target Time: 3:15

    Kieran, from Wrecsam Tri, is no stranger to pacing for us.

    LEE Target Time: 3:15

    Lee, from Black Country TC, makes a welcome return to the Pace Crew.

  • JASON Target Time: 3:30

    Jason joins Blackburn clubmate Shafiq yet again to pace our marathon.

    SHAFIQ Target Time: 3:30

    Blackburn Road Runner Shafiq will give his all to get you across the line.

  • KELVIN Target Time: 3:45

    Wirral AC runner Kelvin is a veteran member of the Pace Crew.

    NEIL Target Time: 3:45

    Neil who runs for Wirral AC, makes a welcome return to the Pace Crew.

  • DAVE Target Time: 4:00

    Dave runs for Massey Fergusson and has paced for us many times previously.

    Duane Target Time: 4:00

    This is Duane's second outing for us in the MBNA Chester Marathon.

    JON Target Time: 4:00

    Jon, a proud member of the 100 Marathon Club, is no stranger to pacing for our events.

  • Andrew Target Time: 4:15

    Andrew from Blackburn RR joined the marathon Pace Crew in 2018.

    GARY Target Time: 4:15

    Gary from Blackburn RR is making his debut as a Pace Runner in our marathon. We thank Gary who has stepped in at short notice.

  • DELROY Target Time: 4:30

    Delroy, from Massey Fergusson RC, makes his debut for us in this year's marathon.

    NATHALIE Target Time: 4:30

    Nathalie, a Chester Road Runner, joined the Pace Crew for last year's marathon.

  • GARY Target Time: 4:45

    Be prepared to be entertained by Gary, a 100 Marathon Club man. Gary was our very first Pace Runner.

    GRAHAM Target Time: 4:45

    Graham, from Spectrum Striders, is a core member of the Pace Crew.

  • RACHEL Target Time: 5:00

    Rachel joins her Ellesmere Port clubmate Sue yet again to pace for us.

    SUE Target Time: 5:00

    Sue, from Ellesmere Port RC, is the other half of our 5 hour team.

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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

2019 Marathon Results

1st Tom Charles (Trafford AC) 2:29:29
2nd Tristan Windley (Keswick AC) 2:29:36
3rd Neil Renault 2:32:59
1st Abbey van Dijk 3:01:51
2nd Johanna Sutcliffe (Halifax Harriers & AC) 3:04:59
3rd Camilla Hermsen (Harpenden Arrows) 3:05:11
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