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The MBNA Chester Metric Marathon 2019 is now a popular fixture in the race calendar, giving you the only opportunity in the UK to run over this distance. This is a 26.2km (16.3mile) race which is the ideal stepping stone from a half marathon to a full marathon.
Event details and schedule
Where is the race start?
Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY.
What is the race route?
After leaving Chester Racecourse the Marathon course will pass through Chester City Centre, heading out through Eccleston and Pulford before entering Wales at Rossett. The route then passes through Holt before returning to England at Farndon and passing through Churton, Aldford and Huntington. It returns to Chester city at Boughton before entering the Groves area and returning to the racecourse past the Little Roodee.
The Metric Marathon course will pass through Chester City Centre and then head out of Chester eastbound on the A51 and then south on Sandy Lane. Just north of Churton the runners turn and run north to return to Chester.
Where can I park?
Parking for competitors and supporters will be available on the grass at the centre of the Chester Racecourse. The car park will open at 0630hrs and will close at 0800hrs to allow for the start of the races.
There will be a fee of £3.00 for parking. Please have the correct money ready when you arrive. The car park will re-open at approximately 1100hrs and will remain open until approximately 1800hrs. Disabled parking will be available closer to the main buildings of the racecourse.
After the races there may be queues at busy times, please be patient whilst we work to help everybody leave as quickly and smoothly as possible.
There are over 3,000 car parking places available in car parks within easy walking distance of the racecourse in Chester city centre. These car parks will charge a variety of fees dependent on the length of time vehicles are parked. Further details of the locations of the council car parks and the fees charged can be found here.
Disabled access and parking
Hard standing parking is available in the disabled bays within the hotel car park; access this via the main racecourse car parking entrance. Alternatively, you can park on the main car park, which is on grass and nearer to the start and finish. There is no charge for parking for Blue Badge holders and you don't need to book in advance, just show the car park volunteers your Blue Badge when you arrive.
The start and finish areas are on grass in the centre of the racecourse and there is step-free access from the hotel car park and the main car park. For people who wish to view the race start and finish there is flat level viewing on the grass. The finish will have a PA announcement system giving the finishing numbers for many of the runners, however there is no TV, hearing loop or results display to give information. No designated viewing space is provided as the start and finish can be accessed on flat level surfaces. It can be quite busy with spectators so try to give yourself plenty of time to secure a good viewing location.
The charity for this event is St John Ambulance and the minimum sponsorship is £150.
When running for St John Ambulance expect to receive the following support from us:
• training information and fundraising support
• a St John Ambulance running vest or t-shirt
• a souvenir certificate to commemorate your achievement.
What should I wear?
Please wear sensible running attire for this event and running shoes.
Can I wear fancy dress?
Yes, we welcome runners in fancy dress. Why not run as a Roman Centurion? It would be great to see the streets of Chester full of Centurions again!
We do ask that you are considerate to your fellow runners, and don't wear a costume that might be obstructive or dangerous to others.