The Chester Marathon starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse. Runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock, Amphitheatre and through the Roman Walls before heading out of the City across the Old Dee Bridge.
The route then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster's estate, through Pulford, before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett.
Keeping to the rural lanes runners complete a small loop before entering the historic village of Holt. Then crossing the ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England and the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington.
On re-entering the City, runners pass the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse! The route is largely flat with some short hills or gradual climbs which are predominantly in the second half of the course.
Another brilliant race. From a club runner's point of view, 'Club Corner' meant that runners from a number of clubs had somewhere to gather - a great idea. As always, well organised and friendly with lots of great support along the route.
Plenty of drink stations with lots of toilets - saw very little in the way of queuing. Race Angels were particularly supportive as I came into the city at the end of the race.
Great facilities once runners had finished, with food options and clothing sales. Slight niggle was one pacer who was quite ahead of schedule and really seemed to demoralise runners he passed. He stopped at about 24 miles to cheer people in, but he knew he was going too fast and kept on saying so. Really difficult to pace such a long event, I guess.