Organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon have confirmed that Pace Runners, backed by TriActive Chester, will be introduced at this weekend's race to help participants achieve their desired time. This is the first occasion in which the event has introduced pacing for the course and will see nine teams of runners set out at 15 minute intervals to aid participants looking for a time between 3 and 5 hours.
The race, voted the UK's number one marathon last year, starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse, with 19 miles of the race situated in England and seven in Wales. The fast and largely flat route takes in some of Chester's iconic landmarks before heading out to the north Wales countryside and returning along the banks of the River Dee.
Chris Hulse, joint race director, feels the introduction of pacers will enhance participants experience on Sunday: "We are really excited to be able to offer our runners this extra help on race day. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay on pace, particularly for first time runners, so our pacers are there to help everyone around the course and to stay on track throughout the marathon."
For runners taking part in Sunday's event, information on the pacers is available on the MBNA Chester Marathon website.