The Course for the Chester Half Marathon is wholly within closed roads to provide the best experience for competitors and to maximise their safety. This does mean however that some parts of the course will be difficult to access by spectators who will have to park in a convenient and safe place and walk to the course. The organisers would ask anyone parking a car near to the course to do so in a responsible and considerate manner.
Because of the road closures it will be hard to move around once the race starts. Why not watch the start and the fun run at the Chester Racecourse and then take a short walk up to the finish outside Chester Town Hall?
If you are driving to watch on the course then check the road closures on the race route. Racecourse parking closes at 07:30 and will reopen after the Fun Run has finished.
The best places to watch out on the course are:
- The Wheatsheaf Inn (CH1 6JS) near Mollington (access via the A41, and then Station Road/Well Lane, R onto Townfield Lane and L onto Overwood Lane). Access is only available until 9am, and you won’t be able to leave until the last runner passes Overwood Lane on the return to Chester. There is free parking at The Wheatsheaf, with food and drink available, and it’s a great place to settle in and see the runners on their way out at 4 miles, and then the return journey at 10.5 miles.
- Pesto at the Yacht (CH1 6EY) near Two Mills (access via the A550 and Shotwick Lane at any time). There is free parking, with coffee and breakfast sandwiches from 9am while you join the Pesto Cheer Zone to watch the runners twice as they pass the turnround point at around 6.5 miles and start heading home.
Please don't cycle on the course, it is against UK Athletics Rules as well as the rules of the road, and threatens the safety of the runners. Only race vehicles are allowed on the closed roads, and marshals will remove you from the course.
Vincent Boit in 2015
Amanda Crook in 2013
|1st||Mohammad Rezeq (Altrincham & District AC)||1:04:28|
|2nd||Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers & AC)||1:09:27|
|3rd||Simon Birch (Hinckley Running Club)||1:10:38|
|1st||Kirsty Longley (Liverpool, Pembroke & Sefton)||1:19:03|
|2nd||Julie Briscoe (Wakefield District H & AC)||1:19:47|
|3rd||Gemma Connolly (St Helens Sutton AC)||1:19:56|