How will Covid-19 impact your event?
The health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, staff, contractors, stakeholders, the public and local community remains our priority.
We will continue to follow the advice and current guidelines provided by our local council and the governing bodies for our sport. This is a highly dynamic situation and every aspect of our race is under review, we will continually adapt and adjust our event plans as appropriate. Full details of the measures required to enable us to host Covid secure events and to ensure the safety of everyone involved, will be confirmed closer to race day. Please rest assured we are continually working behind the scenes with stakeholders and leading crowd management specialists to deliver a safe and amazing experience for our runners in 2021.
If you feel unwell, think you may have any symptoms of Covid-19, if you have tested positive for Covid-19 and/or if you have been potentially exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within or outside of your household, all within 14 days prior to the event, please do not come to the race. You will not be allowed to compete and you will be risking your own health and the health of others. Instead, it’s vital you follow the latest government guidelines found here.
It is impossible to have a rule for every conceivable situation related to COVID-19 and your ability to attend on Race Day. If you are unable to attend on Race Day due to personal circumstances (e.g., local lockdown, quarantine, self-isolation etc), providing you retain a valid entry to the event, you may take part in our 'Run Your Way Event', covering at least the race distance between:
20th June and 15th August for the Chester 10K
22nd August and 17th October for the Chester Half Marathon
5th September and 31st October for the Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon.
Please contact email@example.com if you are unable to attend on race day. We will then provide you with more details on how to submit your race data.
Taking part in the Run Your Way Event will still enable you to complete the race and qualify for the 2021 Chester Triple medal.
When is the next race?
The next Chester 10K is on Sunday 18th July 2021.
How do I enter?
To enter please click the "Enter Now" button.
How old do I need to be to run?
To enter the 10k race, you must be 15 or over on race day.
I can no longer take part in the event, can I get a refund?
If you no longer wish to take part in the event, you can transfer your race place to someone else at no extra cost, any time before the event closing date, by using the official transfer process outlined in your entry confirmation email or by logging into your Nifty account and choosing transfer my entry. Race places are not transferable between events or years.
You will be able to cancel your entry and receive a full refund (including any added extras at the time of registration), within 14 days of your purchase. As stated in our Terms and Conditions of entry, we will deduct a £5.00 administration fee from all refunds.
Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone or post.
Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances after 14 days of purchase, if you enter a race within four weeks of race day or if the race sells out of general entries within 14 days of your entry. Participants can withdraw at any point prior to the race with no refund.
If you have entered the race using a transfer from another runner, we are unable to offer you the 14 day refund period.
If you have purchased Refund Protect through Nifty when you completed your registration, and have any queries in relation to this, you will need to liaise directly with Refund Protect. This service is purchased through but is not administered by Active Leisure Events Ltd.
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 we expect our races to raise over £1m a year for local and national charities. Our official race charities are:
Teenage Cancer Trust for the Aldi Chester 10K
Northern Lights Children's Charity for the Chester Half Marathon, and the Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon.
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.
Will there be a fun run?
Unfortunately there won't be a fun run at the Chester 10K.
What are the rules for the event?
The races are run under UK Athletics rules.
Will there be mile or km markers?
There will be kilometre markers, every kilometre.
Will there be pacers?
There won't be pacers at this race.
Where are the toilets?
There will be ample toilets at the start, all clearly signed. There will also be toilets at every drink station and at the finish.
Where can I park?
City Centre Parking
There is ample parking in Chester city centre car parks, and other local car parks, within easy walking distance of the start. These car parks will charge a variety of fees dependent on the length of time vehicles are parked. Further details of car park locations and the fees charged can be found here.
Chester Racecourse car park will not be open for runners to use.
Will there be official race photos?
Our official race photographers AWOL Adventure will be on the course and at the finish - see more details here.
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 position 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. Let us know and we will endeavour to make your race run smoothly.
There are some speed bumps on the course.
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?
We suggest that spectators watch the start and then make the 10 minute walk to the finish.
There is limited access out on the course, as the roads are closed for the athletes.
What is your event postponement/cancellation policy?
If we, as the event organiser, have to make the decision to postpone or cancel our event(s), we will make every reasonable effort to notify you.
All our 2021 race entries are covered by our COVID Race Entry Guarantee (CREG), providing you with extra reassurance about entering our 2021 events. Should one of our events be cancelled due to COVID-19, our CREG means we will automatically guarantee you a place into the next scheduled race for that event, by deferring your Race Place free of charge. If you are not able to run on the re-scheduled date, for any reason, there will be other options available to you, which will be communicated to you at the time
If an alternative date cannot be arranged, a full/partial refund may be available depending upon the closeness of the event cancellation announcement to the scheduled race date and the costs we’ve incurred in relation to your race entry and the event (e.g. event planning, race shirts, medals, goody bag contents, venue and facilities hire, staffing and general/admin costs).
Where is the race start?
The Chester 10K starts from Chester Racecourse (CH1 2LY).
How much is it to enter?
Prices for the Chester 10K are here.
How do I get my race pack?
For 2021 we are taking additional measures to make sure our races are COVID secure.
For the Chester 10K - if you live in the UK your race pack will be posted to you. For those with a non-UK address your pack will be available for collection on race day at the help desk.
We will make a decision regarding the Chester Half Marathon, Chester Marathon & Chester Metric Marathon closer to their respective race dates, taking into account the risk level at the time.
Is there a cut off time? Is there a minimum standard?
Chester 10K is a running event and for runners' safety the roads are closed by permission of the council. The race cut off time is 90 minutes 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.
Times for runners who finish over the cut off will not be listed on the final results.
I want to run for charity
Our race charity for the Chester 10K is Teenage Cancer Trust. You can of course run for any charity of your choosing.
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.
What is the race route?
The Chester 10K can be seen here. The route is on fully closed roads.
How far apart are the drinks stations?
There will be a water station at approximately half way and water for all runners at the finish.
Where will the toilets be on the route?
There will be toilets on the route, at the drink station.
Is there a baggage store?
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures, we are unable to have a baggage store at the 2021 Chester 10K.
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.
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.
Access and parking
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.
Never miss our training runs or special offers!
Daniel Jarvis in 2020
Gemma Steele in 2020
|1st||Daniel Jarvis (Bedford & County AC)||29:45|
|2nd||Kadar Omar (Birchfield Harriers)||30:15|
|1st||Gemma Steele (Charnwood AC)||36:22|
|2nd||Tessa McCormick (Vale Royal AC)||36:44|
|3rd||Joanna Marsden (Ellesmere Port RC)||37:07|