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Essar Chester Half Marathon

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Organised by runners, for runners, the Chester Half is undoubtedly one of the UK's most highly regarded events. Runners head from the Racecourse towards the city's historic Roman backdrop, before heading out in the countryside and back. Finishers can expect an excellent goodie bag, complete with medal and T-Shirt.

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4 Reviews
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Elaine R
"Really enjoyed running this course for my 1st half marathon. Undulating and not..."


Annika H
"The only issue I had was getting off the car park after the race, this tacky..."


Amanda F
"Lovely challenging route in a lovely city. Very well organised and attended,..."
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How to enter the Essar Chester Half Marathon

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Essar Chester Half Marathon route


This fast city and rural half marathon will be run on a closed route. Competitors will be treated to plenty of the city's landmarks in the city centre, while the finish at the Town Hall and Cathedral gives runners a grand finale packed with cheering crowds.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • T-Shirt
  • Medal
  • Goody Bag
Raceday Logistics
06:30 Car park opens (£3 entry fee)

06:30 Help desk opens

07:30 Baggage store opens

07:30 Car park and roads outside racecourse close

09:00 Half Marathon starts

09:20 Fun run starts

10:00 Car park reopens

10:02 First runner expected

11:00 Prize presentations at the finish

13:00 Baggage store closes

18:00 Car park closes

As the run takes place on an entirely closed route, once the race has started it's fairly difficult for spectators to move around. If you drive, please be sure to park considerately.

Recommended viewing locations are:

  • Chester Racecourse CH1 2LY
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn (Near Mollington) CH1 6JS
  • Pesto At The Yacht (Near Capenhurst) CH1 6EY
  • City Centre

If you're interested in volunteering at this event, contact our volunteer team at [email protected]


Is there a time limit?

Yes, as this race relies on roads closed by permission from the council, runners most complete their race in 3 hours or less. If you fall behind this pace, you may be asked to withdraw.

Can I wear fancy dress?

Of course! We only ask that you don't wear anything that may endanger or obstruct anyone running around you.

Is there a baggage drop?

Yes, runners will be able to leave one bag at the racecourse. Drop off is between 0730 and 0900, reclaim is between 1015 and 1300.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, as this is a fully closed route. We ask that you leave one earphone out so that you can hear any instructions from race staff.

How old do I need to be to run?

Runners must be at least 17 years of age on the day of the event.

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Essar Chester Half Marathon weather forecast

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Active Leisure Events are ranked #35 in the UK out of 241 organizers

The home of the multi award winning MBNA Chester Marathon and one of the UK's longest running half marathons. All our races are organised under UKA rules, and measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers

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Essar Chester Half Marathon reviews (4)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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    Elaine R

    Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Really enjoyed running this course for my 1st half marathon. Undulating and not boring. I would do this again
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    The only issue I had was getting off the car park after the race, this tacky need looking into, perhaps having marshals, it was a free for all and took me over an hour just to get off the car park which put a real dampener on an otherwise brilliant race
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Lovely challenging route in a lovely city. Very well organised and attended, with amazing marshalls. Will be back to improve my time in 2020
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Hillier than anticipated (described as a flat course which it wasn’t). Amazing atmosphere, and so well organised. Would run it again!
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