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Our FAQs


  • When is the next race?

    Sunday 21st May 2017
    The half marathon race starts at 9am

  • Where can I park?

    As a result of the growth of the race over the last couple of years and delays for cars leaving the Racecourse, parking on the Racecourse for the Chester Half Marathon will close at 7:30am.  There is city centre parking available. Further information will be available in the race day information pack which will be posted out and available on the website, closer to race day.

  • What is the race route?

    The route starts at Chester Racecourse, before heading up Watergate Street, through The Walls, along the inner ring road to Bridge Street.  Then it's through the centre of the city and out via the Garden Quarter to join Parkgate Road, towards Two Mills.  Shortly before Two Mills, the runners will start their return to Chester, via Woodbank, Saughall and back onto Parkgate Road for a City Centre finish by the Town Hall and Cathedral.

    It is a fast course, with the first half on wide roads to ensure that there will be no congestion, so that everyone gets a good start.

    Drinks stations will be every 3 miles, providing bottled water and portable toilets.  We'll guarantee that we'll have lots of enthusiastic volunteers to help and support you along the way.

    The Course Measurement certificate is here.

  • 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.

  • Will there be start zones?

    There will be start zones clearly marked with estimated finish times. Please assemble in the appropriate zone for your realistic expected finish time.

  • Where will the toilets be on the route?

    There will be toilets at every drinks station, these are 2.5 to 3 miles apart.

  • How much is it to enter?

    Prices for half marathon.

     

  • Do I need a qualifying time to run?

    No, you don't need a previous qualifying time to run.  But don't forget it is a run, and there is a race cut-off time of 3 hours. Times for runners who finish in over 3 hours will not be listed on the final results.

  • Do I have to run for charity to get a race number?

    No, it is your choice whether to run for charity or not. Many runners do choose to run for a charity, and our runners raise over half a million pounds a year for their charities.

  • I can't run - What is your refund policy? Can I transfer my number?

    In common with the vast majority of races we do not offer refunds or deferrals. However, you can transfer your entry to another runner. To do this, at no extra cost, please visit Nifty Entries and choose transfer my entry, or email Linda who will be happy to help you.

  • What if I am ill before the race?

    Running is a very strenuous activity, and running if you are ill could seriously threaten your health. We recommend that you do not run if you feel ill on race day. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

  • Can I wear an iPod or music player?

    As the race is run on fully closed roads, headphones are permitted under UK Athletics rules. It's still important to be able to hear your fellow runners, and instructions from marshals, therefore we recommend "open ear" bone conduction headphones for enjoyment and safety. 

    If you do wear in ear headphones, please leave one out so you can hear the sounds around you.

  • Can I run with a buggy or a dog?

    No, it is not possible to run with a buggy, or with a dog, in the main race.

  • Is there an Expo?

    Some of our sponsors, partners and charities will have stands at the event on race day.

  • When will the results be available?

    Draft results will be posted online soon after the race, and final results will be available no later than two weeks after the race.

  • 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. 

    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.

  • Where is a good place to spectate?

    The best place to watch the Chester Half Marathon is at the start and finish.

    The start of the half marathon is 9:00 at Chester Racecourse. This is always an exciting spectacle to see our runners heading off on the 13.1 miles route. From the Racecourse you can walk the short distance to the Town Hall to cheer home the athletes. The first runner will be expected to finish at 10:05.

    On the route supporters can cheer on the athletes in Saughall village, or at the halfway point, which is The Yacht Inn near Two Mills (access along A550 / Shotwick lane). If you drive out to spectate on the course, then check the road closures on the race route first.

  • Where is the race start?

    The race starts at Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY.

  • Where can I stay in Chester?

    There is a variety of different accommodation in Chester which can be found through internet searches, on www.visitchester.com or by calling 0845 647 7868.

  • What are the rules for the event?

    The races are run under UK Athletics rules.

  • What energy gels & sports drink will be available?

    High5 IsoGel will be available on the route. Details of sports drinks will be updated nearer the time of the race.

  • Will there be mile or km markers?

    There will be mile markers, every mile.

  • How do I enter?

    To enter please click the "Enter Now" button

  • How old do I need to be to run?

    To enter the half marathon, you must be 17 or over on race day.

  • How do I get my race pack?

    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, see the race information for full details.

  • I want to run for charity

    The Chester Half Marathon supports these nominated charities. You can of course run for any charity of your choosing.

  • What is the race cut-off time?

    The race cut-off time will be 3 hours. The road closures will be lifted from each section in turn based on a 3 hour finish time. If you are a slower runner please be aware that our teams will be working around you to clear up the course. Marshals on the road will be stood down and normal rules of the road will apply.  You will be expected to become a "prudent pedestrian" once road closures are lifted. Times for runners who finish in over 3 hours will not be listed in 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.

  • Can I enter as a relay team?

    There is no relay class at this event.

  • Is there a baggage store?

    Yes there will be a baggage store at the racecourse.

  • Where are the toilets?

    There are ample toilets at the start all clearly signed.  There will also be toilets at every drink station and at the finish. 

  • Disabled access and parking

    Hard standing parking is available in the disabled bays within the hotel car park; access this via the main racecourse car parking entrance. Alternatively you can park on the main car park, which is on grass and nearer to the start and finish. There is no charge for parking for Blue Badge holders and you don't need to book in advance, just show the car park volunteers your Blue Badge when you arrive.

    There is no public transport to this location in time for race start. The Park and Ride buses have wheelchair access. The Park and Ride drop off point is on Grosvenor Road, which is about half a mile from the flat, accessible entrance on New Crane Street. The return to the pickup point is uphill.

    The start area is on grass in the centre of the racecourse and there is step-free access from the hotel car park and the main car park. For people who wish to view the race start there is flat level viewing on the grass at the start.

    The finish is about half a mile from the start in Chester City Centre at the Town Hall. Disabled spectators may prefer to park closer to the finish area in the City Centre. Details of free parking are available on the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.

    The finish area has reasonable viewing access and there are areas to park and access the City. Please note the route from the start to the City is a steep hill and a busy road crossing. No designated viewing space is provided as the paths approaching the finish can be accessed on flat level surfaces. It can be quite busy with spectators so try to give yourself plenty of time to secure a good viewing location. The finish will have a PA announcement system giving the finishing numbers for many of the runners, however there is no TV, hearing loop or results display to give information.

  • Facilities

    The Chester Racecourse has disabled toilet facilities. There will also be a disabled portable toilet available close to the start of the race; adjacent to the other portable toilets.

    For details of disabled toilet facilities close to the finish on Northgate Street, see the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.

  • What can my family do in Chester?

    Chester is a destination city in its own right, with lots to do.

    There is fantastic shopping with superior high-street stores and boutiques.

    Enjoy a taste of history walking round our famous Roman walls, visiting the Roman amphitheatre and seeing the unique Rows (dating from Medieval times).

    Combine sightseeing and spectating with a stroll along the River Dee.

    If you get hungry there are numerous restaurants, pubs and delicatessens to suit all tastes. All this in easy walking distance.

    If you want to venture just outside the City, look out for Chester Zoo, the Blue Planet Aquarium or the Cheshire Oaks outlet village.

    Take a look at Visit Chester for lots more ideas.

Race Record

Men

1:02:21
Vincent Boit in 2015

Women

1:14:32
Amanda Crook in 2013

2016 Results.

Men
1st Mark Kibiwott Kangogo (Run-Fast) 1:03:58
2nd Jonah Chesum (Run-Fast) 1:05:50
3rd Mohammed Abu Rezeq (Altrincham & District AC) 1:06:16
Women
1st Julie Briscoe (Wakefield District Harriers & AC) 1:17:21
2nd Rachel Doherty (Higham Harriers) 1:18:07
3rd Joasia Zakrzewski (Durham City Harriers & AC) 1:20:52
See all results