Metric Marathon
Sun 6 Oct 2024 Chester, Cheshire, UK

MBNA Chester Metric Marathon

A rare opportunity to race this distance 26.2km (16 miles) which is an ideal stepping stone from half to full marathon, with the popular Chester Marathon taking place on the same day.

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  • Sun 6 Oct 2024
Chester Racecourse, Chester > Canal Street, Chester

Metric Marathon



Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 km road running


The multi-award winning and sell-out MBNA Chester Marathon has developed an enviable reputation with runners of all levels and abilities. As the 6th largest marathon in the UK and three-time winner of the UK’s Best Marathon, it is also the only marathon in the UK that spans across both England and Wales. The route takes in the beautiful surrounding landscapes and villages that both countries have to offer. 

Organised by runners for runners, this aims to be the 'perfect race'; a premier quality, competitively priced race which caters for the needs of runners of all abilities and speeds, combined with friendliness and personal touches which are unique to this event series. A rare Metric Marathon and Mini Marathon make the day exciting and inclusive for all abilities!

The event will once again host the England Athletics Age Group Masters Marathon Championship and be a qualifying race for the Abbott WMM Age Group World Championships.


  • Multi-award winning headline marathon
  • UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • 6th largest marathon in the UK
  • Stunning city centre start and finish
  • Qualifying race for the Abbott WMM Age Group World Championships
  • England Athletics Age Group Masters Marathon Championship qualifier
  • Run in city and countryside in both England and Wales
  • Metric Marathon (26.2K) and Mini Marathon on the same day
  • Part of the Chester Triple series for an extra challenge medal
  • Free, monthly, paced training runs and training seminars

This event is part of MBNA Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event
  • Wheelchair users

Chester Triple Series

The MBNA Chester Marathon and the Metric Marathon are the last events in the Chester Triple Series - run in the 10K and Half Marathon too, for a spectacular Chester Triple medal!


Event sponsors, partners and charities will have stands at the event.

Disabled athletes

Disabled athletes are encouraged to contact the organisers to ensure a safe and enjoyable race. There is not a wheelchair race, but accompanied wheelchairs, visually impaired and learning disabled athletes have all competed successfully in the past. Choose your start pen with care, to avoid jostling it is usually safer to line up at the back of the race. There is chip timing so your race time won't be affected.

The course does involve some short, sharp climbs and will start on grass. There are some cobbles, speed bumps and hills.

Disabled toilet facilities are available on the marathon route in the village of Holt (16 miles).

If an athlete needs a carer or guide to accompany them during the race, the carer is entitled to a free place in the race.

  • Bag storage
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Chester Racecourse

Chester is a destination city in its own right, with lots to do. There is fantastic shopping with superior high-street stores and boutiques. Enjoy a taste of history walking round the famous Roman walls, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and seeing the unique Rows (dating from Medieval times). Combine sightseeing and spectating with a stroll along the River Dee. There are numerous restaurants, pubs and delicatessens to suit all tastes. All this in easy walking distance. If you want to venture just outside the city, look out for Chester Zoo, the Blue Planet Aquarium or the Cheshire Oaks outlet village.

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Mass start
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Point to point
  • Single start
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations

Runners leave the racecourse and head into the City centre passing the Town Hall, Cathedral, split level Middle Ages "Rows", Eastgate Clock and Amphitheatre before leaving Chester along Boughton.

Turning down Sandy Lane the route passes alongside the River Dee and through Huntington onto rural country lanes. After running through Aldford then you reach the turnaround point, and join the marathon runners on the return to Chester, to finish on Castle Drive. 

The Metric Marathon route is the Dark Blue dotted line on the map.

Chester Metric Marathon route map
From the historic city into rural villages, in both England and Wales.

Cut off time

4 hours.

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 local communities, runners who do not reach Aldford Bridge outbound (6.6 miles) by 12:00 will not be able to continue, for their own safety. This is a very busy road once reopened, and your safety is our priority.

Times for runners who finish over the cut-off will not be listed on the final results.

  • Public transport links

Green Runner option

Why not enter as a Green Runner?

You wouldn't receive a finisher's medal, t-shirt or goody bag - instead, the cost of these items would be donated to the official race charity which is the West Cheshire Foodbank.

You'd help reduce waste and support the local race charity at the same time!

  • Cash prizes
  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • iTAB
  • Map
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Pre-event training sessions
  • Race photo
  • Technical t-shirt

Before race day

  • 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 sponsors right from the moment you sign up
  • Access to 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


On race day

You'll experience all the fitness and mental health benefits associated with running, plus you'll get:

  • A fantastic atmosphere as the England Athletics Age Group Masters Marathon Championships is hosted
  • 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
  • Prizes awarded for the top three men and women and the winners of each age group
  • Access to 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 tracking website so all your supporters can track your live progress

  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity places
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Race pack by post
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The Chester Triple

Run the MBNA Chester 10K, the Essar Chester Half Marathon and either the MBNA Chester Marathon or Metric Marathon and you'll receive a fantastic Chester Triple Medal.

Entry fees

Entry fee (Unaffiliated)


Entry fee (Affiliated)


Gold award on RaceCheck - reviewed independently by runners:

Great course, well organised, fab marshals and a cheeky PB for me! Fran

My 10th marathon and the organisation was second to none. All absolutely awesome - well done! Ros

Thank you for a great marathon on Sunday and making my 100th marathon special. Brian

Fantastic event and one which really thinks about things from a runners perspective. Sarah

Ran with the 5 hour pacers, thank them for making it so enjoyable with the music and encouragement. Norma

Chester was my first marathon in 2017 where it got me good for age and now in 2019 holds my new PB. Jess

Thanks for a fabulous race, very well organised, lots of lovely marshals and great support along the course. Emma

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Mini Marathon



All ages

  • 1 mile road running