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  • 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 in the last 10 days 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 10 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 info@activeleisureevents.co.uk prior to race day to arrange this. We will then provide you with more details on how transfer to Run Your Way Event

    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 Half Marathon is on Sunday 19th September 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 half marathon, you must be 17 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 info@activeleisureevents.co.uk 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. 

  • 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.

    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 10 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.

  • 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 are the rules for the event?

    The races are run under UK Athletics rules.

  • What energy gels & sports drink will be available?

    Please see the race info page near to the race for more details.

  • Will there be mile or km markers?

    There will be mile markers, every mile.

  • Is there a baggage store?

    A decision on baggage store will be taken nearer to the race day, based on the COVID situation at that time.

  • 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?

    As a result of the growth of the race 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.

  • 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 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. There are some cobbles, speed bumps and hills.

    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.

    If you intend to drive out to spectate on the course, then check the road closures on the race route first.

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

  • How much is it to enter?

    Prices for the Half Marathon.

  • 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 Half Marathon is a running event and for runners' safety the roads are closed by permission of the council. The race cut off time is 3 hours. 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.

    If you don't reach the exit of Overwood Lane (7.75 miles) by 11:00 you will not be able to complete the full course. You will be asked to turn left onto Parkgate Road.

    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 2021 is Northern Lights Children's Charity. You can of course run for any charity of your choosing.  

  • 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.

  • What is the race route?

    The Chester Half Marathon route can be seen here.  The route is on fully closed roads. 

  • 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. There will be water in bottles at each drink station.  Info about sports drinks/gels available on course will be published on our race information page before the event.

  • 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.

  • Is there an Expo?

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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2019 Results.

Men
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
Women
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
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