Organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon have announced the introduction of a Metric Marathon to run in conjunction with this year's event, scheduled for Sunday 5 October. The Metric Marathon will give participants the opportunity to compete over 26.2k (16.3 miles) as an alternative to the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
Chester Marathon Goes Metric
The distance is seen as ideal for those who are looking to make the step up from half marathon level. Participants in the Metric Marathon will be treated to the same race day experience as those taking part in the marathon. They'll start and finish at Chester Racecourse and will get to enjoy the best parts of the marathon route.
Since being introduced in 2009, the 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's race saw almost 3000 runners take part, with Marius Ionescu top in the male competition in 2:21:42 and Julie Briscoe leading the female field home in 2:40:42.
1000 places have been made available for the Metric Marathon, with entry priced at £35 or £33 for UKA affiliated runners.