Over 4,000 runners were roared on by huge crowds that lined the streets to help make this year’s MBNA Chester Marathon a massive success. The event is now in its seventh year and is a regular fixture for many marathon runners thanks to its fast course and scenic surroundings.
Glorious weather conditions greeted the runners as they made their way from the Racecourse through the city centre taking in some of Chester’s best-known landmarks on the way, including the Cathedral, Eastgate Clock and the River Dee, before heading out into the Cheshire countryside, and finishing back where they started.
Several members of MBNA staff were among the runners while others handed out water at various stations along the route.
Pace runners were on hand during the event for runners to call on to help them hit their target times round the 26.2 mile course.
For those not quite ready to tackle the full distance, there was also a 26.2 kilometre Metric Marathon on the day, as well as a Mini Marathon for budding marathoners.
Here’s a few of the comments about the race on social media, plus some photos from the day:
‘Big thank you to Chester, the race organisers, marshals, volunteers and people out supporting- you are all fantastic. What a brilliant day.’
‘I absolutely loved every minute, even the bad ones (at the time!). What a fantastic day!’
‘What a day, it was my first marathon, must say the marshals and everyone involved were amazing. The spectators were awesome. I will be doing the Chester Half Marathon and will be back for the full Marathon next year. Finishing the race was an amazing feeling. Massive achievement. Well done everyone, see you next year.’
‘London looks good but Chester is the best.’