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Essar Chester Half Marathon
The Essar Chester Half Marathon is one of the UK’s longest established and most highly regarded half marathons. This chip timed, fast and largely flat race will be run entirely on closed roads.
We have a new route for 2020 which offers one of the flattest routes in many years, with a spectacular city centre finish. You will run past some of Chester's historic landmarks at the very start of the race too. The route starts at Chester Racecourse and loops around the city before heading out into the countryside on Parkgate Road. Runners will weave through the villages of Mollington, Lea by Backford & Saughall before returning to the city for the finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral with cheering crowds of welcoming spectators a plenty.
All finishers will receive a technical T-shirt, bespoke medal and a top quality goody bag.
(Rescheduled date from 17th May 2020)
Half Marathon Entry£39.50 BOOK
Finisher Technical T-Shirt
Finisher Goody Bag
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Fully closed roads
The new Chester Half Marathon route offers one of the flattest routes in many years, with a spectacular city centre finish. You will run past some of Chester's historic landmarks at the very start of the race too. The finish in the City Centre outside the Town Hall and Cathedral provides an inspiring setting with cheering crowds of welcoming spectators.
First Aid will be provided at the start, along the course and at the finish.
Chester Race Course, Chester, CH1 2LY
The start is at Chester Racecourse, less than a 5 minute walk from the city centre car parks
Parking is available at Chester Racecourse for £3 all day (weather dependant)
Make sure you arrive within plenty of time, don’t leave it until last minute as the roads around the racecourse will start close for the start of the race.
The Essar Chester 2020 Half Marathon Fun Run will open for entries on 1st April to anyone wanting to take part; however it is aimed primarily at children. Accompanying parents, guardians and grandparents are welcome - but please note you need to enter too.
The Fun Run (approximately 1 mile) will be conducted wholly within The Racecourse, starting and finishing at the main race start.
Each Fun Run participant will be given a souvenir race t shirt and race number, with all finishers receiving a bespoke medal, bottle of water and a treat.
The Fun Run entry fee is £4, or £5 including a £1 donation to our race charity.
We have 15 Pace Runners targeting every 10 minute time slot from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Pace runners run the race at a pre-determined pace, which they may adjust slightly at different points in the race to take account of the changes in terrain.
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