YOU don’t have to be a runner to experience the atmosphere and excitement of the MBNA Chester Marathon.

That’s the message from the organisers of the event who are offering people who live on the route the opportunity to be part of the ocassion which is being held on Sunday, October 9.

“Besides the well-publicised city centre parts of the course such as the Racecourse, Town Hall, Cathedral, The Rows, Eastgate and Amphitheatre,” said race director Andy White of Active Leisure Events.

“The runners will pass through the villages of Handbridge, Eccleston, Pulford, Lavister, Rossett, Holt, Farndon, Churton, Aldford and Huntington during their 26 mile challenge.

“A substantial number of people have come forward to volunteer to be marshals and help on the drink stations en route – though there’s still room for more – but we are also encouraging people who live where the runners pass though to get involved by cheering; playing music; waving flags etc, to support the runners.”

Organisers Active Leisure Events have been working closely with the police, councils and local communities to agree on the route and the road closures which will be needed to keep the runners safe.

“We look forward to people entering into the spirit of things on the day,” said Andy. “And to this end we intend to offer a prize to the most supportive locality, whether that be a village or a single house, to be judged by runners of the race.”

Further information, including the detailed route, road closure information and how to volunteer can be found at