GALLERY: Thousands go the distance in MBNA Chester Marathon – Chester and District Standard

GALLERY: Thousands go the distance in MBNA Chester Marathon  Chester and District Standard

A TOTAL of 5,000 happy runners, 20,000 spectators and scores of impressive racing performances proved that the 2022 MBNA Chester Marathon continues to live up to its multi award-winning reputation.

The event, now in its 12th year, took place in near-perfect running conditions. After a fresh start, thousands of spectators came out to cheer on the runners, providing enthusiastic support all along the route.

The start of the Metric Marathon.

The first place and race winner David Bishop, of Derby AC, finished the race in a new course record of 2:20:26 and the first lady Sarah Webster of North (IOM) AC, crossed the line in 2:44:34.

David Bishop crossing the line winning first place.

In the accompanying MBNA Chester Metric Marathon, Gavin Tomlinson of Chorlton Runners completed the 26.2-kilometre route to take the win in 1:29:13 with first lady Lindsay Fisher of West Cheshire AC crossing the line in 1:47:30.

The one mile family MBNA Chester Mini Marathon, held on the Racecourse, was once again very popular, selling out with 650 fun runners taking part.

The Mini Marathon.

Participants are expected to raise more than £650,000 for local and national charities including the main race charity, Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Race organiser Chris Hulse said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping us make the event such a success, including the runners, volunteers and spectators. I would also like to thank our sponsors and the rest of Active Leisure Events organising team who work tirelessly year-round to deliver the event.

“Chester can be proud to host what is regarded by many as the best marathon in the UK. This year we were delighted to have been chosen, yet again, to host the England Athletics Age Group Marathon Championships.”

The England Athletics group ready to run.

Brian Green (Head of Credit Card Acquisition) of MBNA says: “We are extremely proud to have been involved in the MBNA Chester Marathon since it started in 2010 – it allows families and runners of all abilities to come together in this amazing city – it gets them active and raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities across the country every year. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the event.”

In addition to runners and spectators more than 700 volunteers, including many from the race’s title sponsor MBNA, were on hand to support this year’s runners. Helpers were based at drinks stations along the 26.2-mile route, at the start and handing out medals, souvenir shirts and goody bags at the finish.

Chris added: “Our volunteers this year were absolutely fantastic, so a big thanks to all enthusiastic groups, individuals, MBNA and everyone else who gave their time and energy to help make the MBNA Chester Marathon such an overwhelming success.”

Early analysis shows that the event is also expected to have provided the local economy with a significant cash boost, with over £1,200,000 spent on local accommodation, food, shopping and visitor attractions.

The Mini Marathon finish.

Those who have been inspired to take part next year do not have to wait to sign up to run next year as entries for the 2023 MBNA Chester Marathon are already open. To enter and for more information about the race, visit .

The MBNA Chester 10K on 12 March 2023 is also open for entries. See for more information.

To complete the Active Leisure Events portfolio, the Essar Chester Half Marathon, on May 21, 2023, is open for entries, with places filling up fast. See for more information and to enter the race.

Runners completing all three events received the coveted Chester Triple Medal.

Winners of The MBNA Marathon David Bishop and Sarah Webster.