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Chester Marathon 2016 - band on the run wanted

Organisers are looking for bands to entertain runners in October

Chester Marathon organisers Chris Hulse and Andy White

The organisers of the MBNA Chester Marathon are offering local bands the chance to get involved in this year’s event.

The race will take place on Sunday, October 2.

Joint race organiser Chris Hulse of Active Leisure Events said: “This is a big opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent in front of an audience of over 5,000 people.

“In the past we have had a small number of bands playing at strategic points on the 26.2 mile route. This year we are looking to do more to create a real party atmosphere.”

It is hoped that local people who play all types of music from soloists to acoustic combos; from rock groups to brass bands and choirs will be attracted to the idea of performing on the roadside during the marathon.

The race route heads into the city centre then heads across the Old Dee Bridge via Handbridge and out to Pulford, before crossing the border into Wales, returning into England at Farndon and the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington.

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On re-entering the city, runners pass the River Dee along the Groves and Castle Drive before a triumphant finish at the racecourse.

The organisers have identified a number of prime locations for bands to set up their gear and rock it to the runners.

“We feel music on the route can make a significant contribution to the athletes’ experience of the event,” adds joint race organiser Andy White.

“It livens up the atmosphere; gives a boost to the spirits of runners who may well be flagging at some point in the race and is a big hit with the people that come out to support and spectate.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about how their music can contribute to the MBNA Chester Marathon should contact bands@activeleisureevents.co.uk.

For more information and to enter the MBNA Chester Marathon go to http://www.activeleisureevents.co.uk/marathon.

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