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MBNA Chester Metric Marathon

Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire
Active Leisure Events Ltd has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The MBNA Chester Metric Marathon is now a popular fixture in the race calendar, giving you the only opportunity in the UK to run over this distance. This 26.2km (16.3mile) race is the ideal stepping stone from a half to a full marathon. The route is on closed roads and you will run past all Chester's iconic landmarks - Roman walls, cathedral, medieval rows, Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre - before heading out to the stunning Cheshire countryside and villages. You join the marathon runners after 8.5 miles and return to Chester 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, 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.



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 info@activeleisureevents.co.uk 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.

Drinks stations will be at every 2.5 to 3 miles; there will be bottled water (with sports caps) at all stations, with Lucozade Sport drink and High5 Energy Gel Aqua also 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 bands@activeleisureevents.co.uk.

To enter the marathon or metric marathon, you must be 18 or over on race day.

Chester Metric Marathon is a running event and for runners' safety the roads are closed by permission of the council. The race cut off time is 4 hours. Roads will re-open in line with this pace. If you fall behind this pace, for your own safety you may be asked to withdraw from the race.

Out of consideration for the communities we run through, runners who do not reach Aldford Bridge (6.7 miles) by 11:50 will not be able to continue, for their own safety. This is a very busy road once reopened, and your safety is our priority.


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