After attracting a sell-out field in its first staging, organisers of the MBNA Metric Marathon have announced that the unique event will return again this year. The race, which covers 26.2k (or 16.3 miles), is seen as the ideal way for runners to prepare from the step up from half to full marathon distance.
Like 2014, the event will be run alongside the MBNA Chester Marathon, due to take place on Sunday 4 October. As with the 26.2 mile event, the Metric Marathon starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse and takes in many of the famous sites through the city.
Chris Hulse from Active Leisure Events commented: “We identified the need for a race like this after speaking to our runners and we were delighted with the interest it generated last year. The Chester Half Marathon in May gives many people the platform to go on and train for the full marathon in October, but we know that for some runners that step up is just too much.”
Chris also revealed that entry levels will be increased to 1,000 places to keep up with demand: “This race helps them make the transition from a half to a full marathon much more smoothly – it’s the perfect stepping stone. Places for both these races always sell quickly and thousands of people have already registered so we’re advising people to book early to avoid missing out.”
Since being introduced in 2009, 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. Registration details for both races are available here.