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Essar Chester Half Marathon

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Event summary

Organised by runners, for runners, the Chester Half is undoubtedly one of the UK's most highly regarded events. Runners can expect a buzzing event atmosphere, goodie bag, and great views of a historic Roman backdrop.

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The home of the multi-award winning and three time winner of the UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners (2018, 2019, 2020), the MBNA Chester Marathon. One of the UK's longest running and award winning half marathons, the Essar Chester Half Marathon, and the award winning, sell-out, best City Centre 10K in the North West, the ALDI Chester 10K. All our races are organised under UKA rules, and measured by the Association of UK Course Measurers.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Sep 17 2021

What's included:

  • T-Shirt
  • Finisher's Medal
  • First aid
  • Toilets
  • Marked course
  • Goodie Bag
  • Bag drop
Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 19th Sep 2021

Run 21km

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What people think
4.9
4 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
BigMedalAmazing medal
Elaine R
Star
5.0
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 … read more
Annika
Star
5.0
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… read more
Amanda
Star
5.0
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… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is there a time limit for the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
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.… read more
FAQ
Can I wear fancy dress to the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Of course! It is only asked that you don't wear anything that may endanger or obstruct anyone running around you.… read more
FAQ
Is there a baggage drop at the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Yes there will be a baggage store at the racecourse with one bag allowed per runner. Open for bag drop off 07:30 - 09:00. Open for bag reclaim 10:15 - 13:00. … read more
Route description
Route description

The Chester Half Marathon 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, heading up Watergate Street, through the Walls and the historic centre of Chester. Runners will leave the city through the Garden Quarter before heading out into the countryside on Parkgate Road.

Just after Little Mollington Hall you turn onto the roman road into the picturesque villages of Mollington and Lea by Backford. The route then continues up Parkgate Road and turns left to loop round part of Saughall village. Returning on Parkgate Road, you pass Chester University and run in to the finish via the Garden Quarter.

The finish in the City Centre outside the Town Hall and Cathedral provides an inspiring setting with cheering crowds of welcoming spectators.

Course Records

  • Men 1:02:21 by Vincent Boit in 2015
  • Women1:14:32 by Amanda Crook in 2013

Drinks Stations
The drinks stations will be 2.5 to 3 miles apart and can be seen on the route maps.

Elaine R
Star
5.0
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
Annika
Star
5.0
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
Amanda
Star
5.0
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
claire
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4.7
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!
4.9
4 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
BigMedalAmazing medal
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Logistics and schedule

Schedule

06:30 Car park opens (£3 entry fee) & Help desk opens

07:30 Baggage store opens, Car park and roads outside racecourse close

09:00 Half Marathon starts

09:20 Fun run starts

10:00 Car park reopens

11:00 Prize presentations at the finish

13:00 Baggage store closes

18:00 Car park closes

Start Waves

As part of the measures the organisers are implementing to enable us to host a Covid-19 secure event, this event will utilise a number of Start Waves. These will be communicated to you before the event.

Race Packs

If you live in the UK, and entered more than 4 weeks before the race, your race pack will be posted out to you two weeks before the race.

For those living outside the UK and those entering later, race packs will be available for collection on the day before or on the morning of the race. Please see the race information for full details.

Cut-Off Time

The race cut off time 3 hours after your race start. 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 and get into the sweep bus.

Runners who don't reach Long Lane (5 miles) by 10:20 won't be able to continue on the course, for their own safety.

Age Requirements

All entrants must be 17 and older on race day to enter the event.

Spectators

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
Volunteers

Volunteers are a crucial part of the success of this amazing event. There are a number of different roles on offer:

  • Course set up
  • Venue set up
  • Course marshals
  • Venue marshals
  • Drink Station teams
  • Athlete Recovery team
  • Course pack-up
  • Venue pack-up
  • Drivers, to pick up those who retire from the race and delivering equipment and supplies around the course
  • All volunteers are rewarded with a technical race t-shirt and a goodie bag.

To show your interest please visit https://www.activeleisureevents.co.uk/volunteer

How to get there

Chester Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY, UK

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Plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey to the race, as the city centre especially will be very busy.

By Car

If driving, avoid the worst of the traffic by entering the Racecourse from Sealand Road - A548.

Parking

The car park at the Racecourse will cost £3, and open from 06:30 to 07:30 and 10:00 to 18:00. For those who want to park in the city, there are plenty of options - check out the Chester Council website for your best options.

Be mindful that Park and Ride facilities will not be open before 09:00am.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
Is there a time limit for the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
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.
FAQ
Can I wear fancy dress to the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Of course! It is only asked that you don't wear anything that may endanger or obstruct anyone running around you.
FAQ
Is there a baggage drop at the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Yes there will be a baggage store at the racecourse with one bag allowed per runner. Open for bag drop off 07:30 - 09:00. Open for bag reclaim 10:15 - 13:00.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones in the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Yes, as this is a fully closed route. However please leave one earphone out so that you can hear any instructions from race staff.
FAQ
How old do I need to be to run in the Essar Chester Half Marathon?
Runners must be at least 17 years of age on the day of the event.
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Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 19th Sep 2021
Tickets on organiser’s site

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