Our official Race Charity for 2019 is Northern Lights
Running is a great way to keep fit and a fantastic way to fundraise for our local children’s charity.
About Northern Lights Children’s Charity
Northern Lights Children’s Charity is a local charity who, each December, enables 20 children with life limiting illnesses to swap their hospital visits for sleigh rides, deep crisp snow, reindeers and snow mobiles. We transport them far away from appointments, treatment regimes and worries to the winter wonderland of Lapland and a very magical visit to meet Father Christmas.
Meeting Father Christmas is a very special dream for all children, yet it can be all the more poignant for children with life limiting conditions who have often spent a large amount of their childhood within the confines of hospital routines. Northern Lights Children’s Charity hope to play a small part in ensuring that the dreams and wishes of such brave children come true in snowy Lapland.
The children and families we help often live with uncertainty, challenge and emotional strain. We aim to help these families put their child’s illness on hold as they have fairy-tale experiences and create precious memories. We do anything we can to put that all important smile on their faces by bringing magic and hope to the lives of many incredibly brave and truly inspirational children.
You can help us to reach more children who dream of meeting Father Christmas by choosing to run for Northern Lights. As a charity, we need to raise around £2500 for each child that travels to Lapland, so your support is very much appreciated, however much you raise. To support you through your challenge we will provide you with a Northern Lights technical running t-shirt or vest, your own online giving site as well as promotion on our social media pages where an abundance of encouragement will help you on your way.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Northern Lights have guaranteed entries in the Chester Half Marathon, Chester Metric Marathon and Chester Marathon so you can run for FREE. All they ask is that you pledge to raise the minimum sponsorship of £250.
Alternatively you can enter the race yourself and select Northern Lights as your nominated charity and they ask you to raise £50 in addition to paying your own entry.
If you already have your place you can choose to run for Northern Lights by visiting their website and contacting them.
Chester Marathon has a proud history of working with local charities, and we are pleased to be supporting such a worthy local cause.
The following charities also have guaranteed places:
If you are a charity interested in securing guaranteed places, please contact Linda firstname.lastname@example.org
The route is renowned for being fast and largely flat – more than 70% of our runners achieve PBs!
Marius Ionescu in 2014
Julie Briscoe in 2013
2017 Marathon Results
|1st||Lloyd Biddell (Mercia Fell Runners)||2:26:12|
|2nd||Tom Aldred (London Heathside)||2:27:34|
|3rd||Stuart Hawkes (Tipton Harriers)||2:28:11|
|1st||Sarah Lowery (Sheffield RC)||2:44:27|
|2nd||Sarah Webster (Northern (Isle of Man) AC)||2:48:30|
|3rd||Michelle Nolan-Hood (Gateshead Harriers & AC)||2:48:49|
As with all such events, our events would not be possible without the help of a huge team of volunteers.Find out more.