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MBNA Chester Marathon
The multi-award-winning MBNA Chester Marathon is the UK’s only international marathon and has developed an enviable reputation with runners of all levels and abilities. You can expect some fast times over this stunning PB course on closed roads, covering 19 miles in England and 7 miles in Wales. You will run past all Chester's iconic landmarks, before heading out to the stunning Cheshire and North Wales countryside and villages, then returning alongside the River Dee for a unforgettable finish at Chester Racecourse.
The support in the villages and communities along the course is one of the many highlights of the race, and there will be bands, music and entertainment along the way. And why should you have all the fun! We also have a Mini Marathon for your young supporters, wholly within the Racecourse.
We're a qualifying race for the 2021 Abbott WMM Age Group World Championships! The 2021 world championship venue is yet to be announced. Both the 2019 and 2020 MBNA Chester Marathons are qualifiers.
The health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, staff, contractors, stakeholders, the public and local community remains our priority.
We will continue to follow the advice and current guidelines provided by our local council and the governing bodies for our sport. This is a highly dynamic situation and every aspect of our race is under review, we will continually adapt and adjust our event plans as appropriate. Full details of the measures required to enable us to host Covid secure events and to ensure the safety of everyone involved, will be confirmed closer to race day. Please rest assured we are continually working behind the scenes with stakeholders and leading crowd management specialists to deliver a safe and amazing experience for our runners in 2021.
If, due to a local lockdown, quarantine, self-isolation or another reason you are not able to attend an event, providing you retain a valid entry to the event, you may run a virtual race of at least the race distance on, before or up to four weeks after race day. Please contact email@example.com if you plan to run an event(s) virtually, stating in the subject line I’D LIKE TO RUN (INSERT EVENT NAME) VIRTUALLY. We will then provide you with more details on how to submit your virtual race data.
This will still enable you to complete the race and qualify for the 2021 Chester Triple medal.
All finishers will receive:
A quality goody bag
A long sleeved technical T-shirt
A bespoke medal
Chip timing with intermediate splits, with social media athlete tracking so friends and family can follow your progress.
You can expect some fast times over this stunning PB marathon course 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 drink and High5 Energy Gel Aqua 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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