RUNNERS are under starter’s orders for next year’s MBNA Chester Marathon.
Following the sell-out success of this year’s inaugural event, registration is now open for next year.
Runners can register by visiting www.chestermarathon.co.uk, with the first 3,000 guaranteed the offer of a place when the race opens for entries at the end of September.
Race director Andy White said: “Judging from the success and overwhelmingly positive feedback from this year, our 2011 race is sure to raise the bar to new levels. While the new route has a capacity of in excess of 10,000 runners, for 2011 numbers will be restricted to 5,000.”
The race, which will take place in October next year, will start at the racecourse before heading into the city then out to the Cheshire and North Wales countryside. It then returns to Chester to finish at the Roodee.
Organisers promise the best runner facilities of any marathon in the UK.
This year’s event is estimated to have raised £1m for charity.