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MBNA Chester Marathon

Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire

Organiser's Description

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.


26.2 miles

More Info

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Will I receive my race pack before the event?

Your race pack will be posted out to you around 14 days before the event providing you have registered for the event more than 28 days prior to 6th October. In this case you can collect your race pack on the day.

Can I listen to music or use headphones?

The Chester Marathon takes place on fully closed roads which means you’re welcome to wear headphones during your run. Please note that if you plan to listen to music during the race it is vital to ensure that you are still able to hear your fellow runners and race officials. The organisers suggest running with one headphone in to make sure you’ll safely be able to hear others around you.

Will there be pace setters?

Yes, the event offers pace runners for entrants with target times of 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45 and 5:00 hours.

What time does the Chester Marathon start?

The race start time is 09:00 am on Sunday the 4th October 2020. Please ensure you arrive early to allow plenty of time for depositing any belongings and checking in before the race starts at Chester Racecourse.

Can I run in fancy dress?

Absolutely, the event welcomes colourful costumes and outfits. Please be considerate of other racers when choosing your costume and make sure it is safe for you to run in as well as safe for those around you.

Will there be hydration points?

Drink stations will be set up at 2.5 to 3 mile intervals throughout the course.

Can I check the results online?

As soon as the race is over you’ll be able to find draft results on the official event website. Finalised results will then be made available within 14 days.

What’s included?

All finishers will receive a quality goody bag, as well as a long sleeved technical T-shirt and a bespoke medal.


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