The UK’s only metric marathon, which takes place in Chester on Sunday, October 4, has sold out two weeks before race day despite organisers doubling the entries threshold to 1,100 runners this year.
The 26.2km metric race is taking place on the same day as Chester’s flagship race the MBNA Chester Marathon for the second time and is designed for runners looking to make the step up from half marathon distance to a full marathon.
After a sell-out in 2014, organisers doubled the size of this year’s field but a rush of sign-ups in the past few weeks has now pushed the race to capacity. Entries for the 26.2 mile MBNA Chester Marathon have also surged with the entry deadline fast approaching on Wednesday, September 30.
Andy White from race organisers Active Leisure Events said: “Both the MBNA Metric Marathon and the MBNA Chester Marathon continue to grow in popularity with runners from all over the UK and a range of international destinations again this year.
“We introduced the metric race in 2014 as a shorter distance event to accompany the full marathon and it was really well received – it’s the perfect stepping stone between a half marathon distance and a full marathon.
“With the two marathons and the MBNA Chester Mini Marathon for children on the same day, we’re aiming to put on a fantastic event that gives everyone the opportunity to get their trainers on and enjoy the famous race day atmosphere we see every year in Chester.”
The MBNA Chester Marathon closes for entries at 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 30. Places are still available from £47 until then via the MBNA Chester Marathon website at www.chestermarathon.co.uk