Oct 08, 2023


SKU: Chester-Oct-2023 Category:
% event capacity filled
Entry Limit: 6000

Event Details:

Sunday | October 08, 2023
9:00 am
Chester Racecourse, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY, UK

Join 5000+ runners at the MBNA Chester Marathon – Sunday 08 October 2023.

The MBNA Chester Marathon is the 3x winner of the UK’s best marathon (up to 5,000 runners) and home to the England Athletics Age Group Masters Championships.

Get full directions


ON RACE DAY you’ll experience all the fitness and mental health benefits associated with running, plus you’ll get:

A fantastic atmosphere as we host the England Athletics Age Group Masters Marathon Championships 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

A special long sleeve quarter zip technical T-shirt, bespoke medal and a tote-style goody bag packed with post race nutrition when you finish 🎽🏅🛍

💸 £6,575 total cash prize money awarded for the top 3 men and women and the winners of each age group! 🏆

Access to our runners Help Desk for any last minute queries or transfers

 A safe running environment

 On course hydration and nutrition for refuelling 💧💪

Lots of medical support throughout the course should you need assistance 🩺

Access to our tracking website so your supporters can cheer you on every step you take to the finish line! 📲

Before race day you’ll receive:

Access to training plans to support your running journey

 Support and advice, including free webinars and training runs to keep you motivated

 Your personalised race pack including your race number and timing chip sent to you in the post (runners from outside the UK need to collect their race numbers from our Help Desk on race weekend)

 Exclusive offers and competitions from our sponsors right from the moment you sign up

 Access to our friendly and supportive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, who are happy to answer any of your running queries, including past and present pacers

 FREE runner to runner transfers – should you no longer be able to take part


All abilities, ages, fun and charity runners are welcome.

The event boasts a lively city centre start and finish, with a route that passes all Chester’s iconic landmarks, then heads out into the Cheshire & North Wales countryside, before returning along the banks of the River Dee for an unforgettable finish and all the enthusiasm you could ask for from the Cestrian supporters who line the course to cheer you on.


UKA Affiliated Runners will receive a £2 discount at checkout.

Special Entry Price: £44.00    Until 23:59 on 9th October 2022

Standard entry: £54.00    Until 23:59 1st October 2023

Late entry: £59.00    From 2nd October 2023

Once you have entered you can transfer your place to another runner, however, you cannot transfer to any other event or defer to another year and there are no refunds. The minimum age on race day is 18.

Under UK Athletics Rules – UKA race licence number TBC. Course measurement Certificate No. 22/452

  • Chester Racecourse, The Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY, UK
    Get full directions - https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=53.1878164,-2.898555999999999


    Parking for competitors and supporters will be available on the grass at the centre of the Chester Racecourse. The car park will open at 6:30am and will close at 7:30am to allow for the start of the races.
    There will be a fee of £4 for parking. Please have the correct money ready when you arrive. The car park will re-open at approximately 11am and will remain open until approximately 6pm. Disabled parking will be available closer to the main buildings of the racecourse.
    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.
    Event Day Logistics
    06:30 - 08:00 Car park opens
    07:30 Bag drop opens
    09:00 MBNA Marathon starts
    11:00 - 18:00 Car park reopens
    11:15 - 16:00 Bag drop reopens

    Age Requirements
    All entrants must be 18 and older on race day to enter both the MBNA and Metric Marathons.

    Race Packs
    Race packs will be posted out before the event, and any late entries will collect their race pack from registration.

    Cut-off Times
    The MBNA Marathon will have a cut-off time of 6 hours. There will be two points along the route that if entrants have not reached by the cut-off times will not be allowed to continue.

    Runners must reach the junction of Rossett Road and Borras Road (about 13.4 miles) before 12:15pm. Runners will have the choice of taking the sweep vehicle or continuing towards Holt. Please note that this cuts off 3 miles from the route, meaning runners will not complete the Marathon distance.

    Runners must reach the 21 mile mark (exiting the village of Aldford) by 2pm. he route towards Huntington will be reopening - this is a very busy road once reopened, with no pavement, and runners will be transferred to the finish line.

    Water Stations
    There will be drinks stations located approximately every 2.5-3 miles apart with water. More information regarding what will be included at aid stations will be available closer to the event date.

    There will be toilets at the start/finish and at every water station along the course.

    Green Runner Entry
    There is the option to enter as a Green Runner. In order to reduce carbon footprint, Green Runners will not receive a t-shirt, medal or goody bag. Instead the cost of these items will be donated to our official race charity Hope House Children's Hospices.