Organisers of the 2019 MBNA Chester Marathon have confirmed that next month’s event will be one of only eight UK qualifier races for the second edition of the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.
Qualifying participants at October’s marathon will earn points according to their age, time and gender, with categories beginning at 40-44 all the way through to 80 plus years. The fastest runners in the age group at the end of the qualifying period will receive an invite to the 2021 AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors: “More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in AbbottWMM races each year. Our system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to give them a chance to gain recognition like never before.”
Consistently voted one of the top road races in the UK, the MBNA Chester Marathon is an autumn favourite for distance enthusiasts. The route features many Chester landmarks including the Cathedral, Roman Walls, the Rows and Eastgate Clock before heading into the stunning countryside around North Wales and Chester.
It will be a busy day on Sunday 6 October because in addition to its qualifying status, the MBNA Chester Marathon has also been chosen by England Athletics to host the inaugural All England Marathon Club Team Championships.
Joint race organiser Chris Hulse commented: “This championship event aims to provide club runners with the opportunity to compete as a team against other clubs in one of three categories depending on club size providing clubs both large and small the chance to become national champion title winners!”