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MBNA Chester Marathon 2016: Organisers promise 'fabulous' spectacle

Thousands of runners will pound the city streets this Sunday

The metric marathon gets under way last year

One of the city’s finest annual sporting spectacles takes place this Sunday (October 2).

Thousands of runners will turn out for the MBNA Chester Marathon, which starts and finishes at the racecourse and also takes in picturesque villages such as Aldford , Churton and Farndon as well as winding through the city centre.

The big race will be an impressive sight, according to the organisers.

“The route offers some fantastic spectating opportunities,” said joint race organiser Chris Hulse of Active Leisure Events.

“From the event’s traditional base at Chester Racecourse at 9am where they are started by the Town Crier, the runners head into the city centre passing the Town Hall, cathedral, Eastgate Clock, amphitheatre and through the Walls before heading out across the Old Dee Bridge.”

In pictures: Last year's Chester Marathon

The route then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster’s estate, through Pulford , before crossing the border into Wales and the villages of Lavister and Rossett. Crossing the river at Farndon, the return to England signals the beginning of the home stretch through Churton, Aldford and Huntington.

Race director Andy White said: “This route offers fabulous vantage points for spectators in the city. Equally, the last mile along The Groves beside the River Dee is always popular with the crowds as is the memorable finish at Chester Racecourse.”

While the elite runners finish the 26.2 miles of the race in just under two-and-a-half hours, the majority will take up to four hours and more, providing plenty of opportunity for spectating.

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The event also includes a metric marathon at 10.15am with runners tackling 26.2 kilometres heading out through the city to Aldford before returning via the marathon route.

For further information about the marathon, metric marathon and mini marathon, visit HERE .

Information for residents about road closures on the day can be found HERE .

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