Those competing in the MBNA Chester Marathon or Metric Marathon can take advantage of a free long-distance training run to assist their preparations for the events on Sunday 4 October. The training runs begin on Sunday 5 July and will be held monthly until race day.
Since being introduced in 2009, Chester Marathon has established itself as one of the top events in the country, voted as the UK's number 1 marathon in 2012 and 2013. Last year saw the introduction of the metric marathon, a 26.2k race that is seen as the ideal way to prepare for the full marathon. Starting at Chester Racecourse, the route sees runners head through Chester city centre, crossing the border into North Wales and back again for a grandstand finish at Chester Racecourse.
Chris Hulse from Active Leisure Events, organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon and MBNA Metric Marathon, commented: “It’s really now or never for anyone hoping to go from a basic level of fitness to marathon-fit in time for this year’s autumn races.”
“Both of our races take place on 4 October, which leaves three months for runners to get themselves ready. We know from experience that it’s incredibly difficult for non-experienced runners to get motivated and achieve that level of fitness in any less time, so we’re running a free training run to help people kick-start their fitness-regimes and conquer a marathon before the end of 2015.”
Fellow race organiser Andy White added: “We meet at Total Fitness in Chester to set off at 9:00am and usually have more than 100 runners of all different abilities. It’s a very friendly morning with pace runners helping people along the route and then we all finish at Total Fitness afterwards and chat over flapjacks.
More information on the training runs, plus entry details, are available here.