THOUSANDS are expected to race into the city for the Chester Marathon.
More than 3,000 runners and crowds of spectators will descend on Chester and parts of North Wales this weekend.
Now in its third year, the marathon starts at 9am on Sunday, with Chester’s Lord Mayor, Pam Booher, firing the starting pistol.
Runners are expected to raise a combined total of more than £400,000 for hundreds of charities.
More than 500 volunteers, including several from race sponsor MBNA, will help to run drinks stations and marshal the crowds at various points across the 26.2 mile course.
The route starts at Chester Racecourse, passing many of Chester’s famous landmarks including the Town Hall, Cathedral, Eastgate Clock and Amphitheatre, then out into the Cheshire countryside.
It crosses the border to North Wales before returning to Chester along the river Dee for a grandstand finish back at the Racecourse.