Organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon have announced details of this year's prize fund, with the first male and female finishers set to bag £1250 each. In all, the prize pot stands at £7,500 - a 50% increase on 2012 - and places the event as one of the most lucrative in the calendar.
Set for Sunday 6 October, the marathon starts and finishes at Chester Racecourse, with 19 miles of the race situated in England and 7 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.
In addition to the automatic £1250 prize for top finisher, a £750 bonus is available if the existing course record is broken. The course records currently stand at 2:27:45 in the male category (held by Ben Fish), with Debbie Mason holding the top female time of 2:48:11. £750 is available for the second place finishers, with £500 awarded to those who claim third position.
Andy White, joint organiser of the MBNA Chester Marathon, commented: "There are some really strong marathon runners out there now, both male and female, and we feel that it's important to offer them a prize worth fighting for, not only to incentivise them to take part, but to make the race even more exciting for the thousands of spectators who come out to support our entrants each year."
While the lucrative cash prizes will interest the top athletes, the fast course should also be seen as an incentive for any runners considering taking part. In addition, the event currently holds the status as being voted the UK's number one marathon.
Registration is priced at £42 for UKA affiliated runners and £44 for non. More information is available at the event website.