Chester Marathon Qualifier for Abbott WMM Age Group World Champs

The organisers of the 2019 MBNA Chester Marathon, which is being held on Sunday 6 October,have announced that the race will be one of only eight UK qualifier races for the second edition of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) Wanda Age Group World Championships.

Participants will earn points according to their age, time and gender. The age group categories for men and women are: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. The fastest runners in their age group at the end of the qualifying period will receive an invite to the 2021 Abbott WMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of Abbott World Marathon Majors says: “More than 125,000 runners aged 40+ participate in Abbott WMM races each year. Our system gives runners a chance to run all over the world and all across the calendar on a truly global stage. We want to give them a chance to gain recognition like never before.”

“We are proud to be working with all our partners to take age group marathon running to the next level and showcase the achievements of these everyday champions.”

It will be a busy day on Sunday 6 October because in addition to its qualifying status, the MBNA Chester Marathon has also been chosen by England Athletics to host the inaugural All England Marathon Club Team Championships.

Joint Race Organiser Chris Hulse: “This championship event aims to provide club runners with the opportunity to compete as a team against other clubs in one of three categories depending on club size providing clubs both large and small the chance to become national champion title winners!”

“We already have 30 clubs signed up from across the UK and are hoping lots of clubs will rise to the challenge!”

Chris added “It’s gratifying that our race which is celebrating its tenth year this year is held in such high regard to be chosen as a venue for all these competitions, and that all the time and effort we put into providing a race experience that is second to none is recognised by runners and organisations both at home and internationally. The fact that our entries are at a record level is another indicator we are ticking all the boxes for people!”

For more information about the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships visit

For more information about the Team Championship and how it works go to

Visit for information on the MBNA Chester Marathon, Metric Marathon and Mini Marathon fun run which is also now open for entries.

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