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Essar Chester Half Marathon

Chester, Cheshire

Racecourse, New Crane Street, Chester, CH1 2LY, United Kingdom

Sun 21st May 2023

Starting at 09:00

2 races


Organiser's Description

All abilities, ages and speeds are welcome in the award winning, Essar Chester Half Marathon. 2023 marks the 41st edition of this historic race. It’s the second event of the Chester Triple Medal Series (enter and finish our 10K & Marathon or Metric Marathon in the same year for extra special, extra large and extra gold medal). Join us for what will be an amazing day

The Essar Chester Half Marathon is a great introductory race for new half marathon runners and an ideal stepping stone for runners aiming for a marathon in the future. The race will also host the England Athletics Age Group Masters Half Marathon Championship adding to an already unforgettable atmosphere.

The event boasts a lively city centre start and finish, with a route that takes in all the city centre iconic sights and landmarks, surrounding picturesque countryside and all the enthusiasm you could ask for from the Cestrian supporters who line the course to cheer you on.


The event organiser will send you a confirmation email separate to the Find A Race confirmation email, that will contain important information regarding the event and to acknowledge they have received your entry.


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  • Essar Chester Half Marathon


    All Abilities, Ages and Speeds Are Welcome in the Award Winning, Essar Chester Half Marathon

    UK Athletics (UKA) save £2.00

    Booking for more than 1?
  • Essar Chester Half Marathon - Green Runner


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What's Included

• Access to training plans to support your running journey
• Support and advice, including free webinars and training runs to keep you motivated
• Your personalised race pack including your race number and timing chip sent to you in the post (runners from outside the UK need to collect their race numbers from our Help Desk on race weekend)
• Exclusive offers and competitions from our sponsors right from the moment you sign up
• Access to our friendly and supportive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, who are happy to answer any of your running queries
• FREE runner to runner transfers - should you no longer be able to take part
• A quality technical T-shirt, bespoke medal and a goody bag packed with post race nutrition when you finish, OR, the option to become a Green Runner and instead of receiving your medal, T-shirt and goody bag, we will donate the cost of these to our official race charity
• A fantastic atmosphere as we host the England Athletics Age Group Masters Championships
• Prizes awarded for the top 3 men and women and the winners of each age group
• Access to our runners Help Desk for any last minute queries or transfers
• A safe running environment
• On course hydration and nutrition for refuelling
• Lots of medical support throughout the course should you need assistance
• Access to our tracking website so all your supporters can track your live progress

  • Fast PB Course
  • Cash Prizes
  • A quality technical T-shirt
  • Bespoke Medal
  • Goody Bag Packed with post race nutrition


Parking will be on the open course at Chester Racecourse for a small fee (weather permitting). There are also many car parks within the city and a short walk to Chester Racecourse.


The race starts within Chester Racecourse, with the event village and parking on the open course. The finish is located in the heart of the city on Northgate Street, outside the Town Hall and Cathedral.

Course Details

The race starts at 09:00 at the city centre Chester Racecourse. The faster and flatter new route first run in 2021 will be run entirely on closed roads. Heading northwest out of the city on wide roads, runners will rapidly settle into the race, with plenty of support and music along the way. In the second half of the race the runners return to Chester for an unforgettable finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral.


  • How do I get my race pack?

    For those with a non-UK address your pack will be available for collection on race day at the help desk. For UK runners we will post out entries that are completed in time. Late entries will be able to collect their race numbers from Help Desk during race week.

  • Is there a cut off time? Is there a minimum standard?

    Chester Half Marathon is a running event and for runners' safety the roads are closed by permission of the council. The race cut off time is 3 hours. Roads will re-open in line with this pace. If you fall behind this pace, for your own safety you may be asked to withdraw from the race. If you don't reach the exit of Overwood Lane (7.75 miles) by 11:00 you will not be able to complete the full course. You will be asked to turn left onto Parkgate Road. Times for runners who finish over the cut off will not be listed on the final results.

  • Can I run in Fancy Dress?

    Yes we welcome runners in fancy dress. Why not run as a Roman Centurion? It would be great to see the streets of Chester full of Centurions again! We do ask that you are considerate to your fellow runners, and don't wear a costume that might be obstructive or dangerous to others.

  • How far apart are the drinks stations?

    The drinks stations will be 2.5 to 3 miles apart and can be seen on our route maps. There will be water in bottles at each drink station. Info about sports drinks/gels available on course will be published on our race information page before the event.

  • Is there a baggage store?

    There will be a baggage store at the race start location.

  • Athletes with a disability

    We want disabled athletes to have a safe and enjoyable race. If you have a disability please contact Andy so we can understand your needs. There is not a wheelchair race, but accompanied wheelchairs, visually impaired and learning disabled athletes have all competed successfully in our past events. Choose your start pen with care, to avoid jostling it is usually safer to line up at the back of the race - we have chip timing so your race time won't be affected. The course does involve some short, sharp climbs and will start on grass. There are some cobbles, speed bumps and hills. If an athlete needs a carer or guide to accompany them during the race, the carer is entitled to a free place in the race. To apply for this, or if you have any questions about the suitability of the route, contact Andy.

  • Can I wear an iPod or music player?

    Under UK Athletics rules, on any road which is not wholly closed to traffic only "open ear" bone conduction headphones are permitted. This means that in-ear headphones can't be used in the Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon. For the Chester Half Marathon and the Chester 10K, in-ear headphones can be used. Please leave one out so you can hear the sounds around you, including warnings from marshals or blue light vehicles on the course. Therefore we recommend "open ear" bone conduction headphones for enjoyment and safety.

  • Can I run with a buggy or a dog?

    No, it is not possible to run with a buggy, or with a dog. This is against UK Athletics rules and you will be withdrawn from the course and disqualified.

refund policy

If you no longer wish to take part in the event, you can transfer your race place to someone else at no extra cost, any time before the event closing date, by using the official transfer process outlined in your entry confirmation email or by logging into your Nifty account and choosing transfer my entry. Race places are not transferable between events or years.

You will be able to cancel your entry and receive a full refund (including any added extras at the time of registration), within 14 days of your purchase. As stated in our Terms and Conditions of entry, we will deduct a £5.00 administration fee from all refunds.

Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by emailing [email protected] stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone or post.

Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances after 14 days of purchase, if you enter a race within four weeks of race day or if the race sells out of general entries within 14 days of your entry. Participants can withdraw at any point prior to the race with no refund.

If you have entered the race using a transfer from another runner, we are unable to offer you the 14 day refund period, as you have not made a payment to us.

Green Runners

If you enter as a Green Runner, you will NOT receive a finisher's medal, t-shirt & goody bag. Instead the cost of these items will be donated to our official race charity Hope House Children's Hospices. This will help us reduce waste and support our local race charity.

Your race number will clearly show you are a Green Runner so you can collect your water at the finish.


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Chelcie Sherrington

Claire Walker


Chester, Cheshire

21 May 2023



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