It seems the decision to hold a race over an usual distance has proven to be a creative and successful one for organisers of the MBNA Chester Metric Marathon, who have announced that the event, due to take place on Sunday 4 October, has reached capacity.
After its introduction last year, entries were doubled to 1,100, yet there have been a host of sign-ups as race day approaches. The event, which covers 26.2k (or 16.3 miles), is seen as the ideal way for runners to prepare for the step up from half to full marathon distance.
Like 2014, the event will be run alongside the MBNA Chester Marathon, which has also witnessed a surge in entries prior to registration deadline day on Wednesday 30 September.
Andy White from race organisers Active Leisure Events comments: “Both the MBNA Metric Marathon and the MBNA Chester Marathon continue to grow in popularity with runners from all over the UK and a range of international destinations again this year. It’s the perfect stepping stone between a half marathon distance and a full marathon.”
Andy added: “With the two marathons and the MBNA Chester Mini Marathon for children on the same day, we’re aiming to put on a fantastic event that gives everyone the opportunity to get their trainers on and enjoy the famous race day atmosphere we see every year in Chester.”
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. More information is available here.