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  • When has the event been postponed to?

    The 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon is being postponed to the 20th September 2020.

    We will return in September and we are excited to move forward with you, our new route and putting on one of best half marathons in the UK.

  • What happens to my entry?

    All runners currently entered into the 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon as of 18th March 2020 will automatically be transferred to the new race day of 20th September.

  • Can I defer my entry to 2021?

    Unfortunately, we are not in a position to be able to offer race entry deferrals to 2021. This is as per our standard terms and conditions. If you are unable to run, we hope that you do manage to transfer your entry or run your 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon virtually. 

  • I am a charity and have bought places for the Essar Chester Half Marathon, what happens now?

    Some of your runners may not be able to run on our new date of 20th September. You may want to contact all your runners to ensure that they are still able to run. Please ask them to let you know as soon as possible, so that you have time to find replacement runners if necessary.

    Below are a few key points: 

    • All charity runners currently entered into the 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon as of 18th March 2020 will automatically be transferred to the new race day of 20th September
    • All charity runners who entered after 18th March 2020 will automatically be entered into the race on the 20th September.  The revised date is clearly stated on the website and entry system
    • We are determined for runners’ training not to go to waste and are offering those that can’t make the rescheduled date the chance to run in a virtual half marathon remotely. Please check with your runners if they are able to and would be willing to do this. We can provide you with further details should you need them.
    • All charity runners who choose not to take part or are not able to make the new scheduled date should contact you. Please notify Linda (lindaw@activeleisureevents.co.uk) if you need to replace them with another runner.
  • I want to run the virtual Essar Chester Half Marathon, how does this work

    We are determined for runners’ training not to go to waste and are able to offer all those who retain a valid entry the chance to complete a virtual half marathon. 

      • You will need to retain a valid entry (i.e. not transfer your place to another runner)
      • You will need to transfer your entry to the Virtual Essar Chester Half Marathon.
      • Please don’t run the race route, as roads will be open to traffic and it will not be safe. Please run in a safe environment, stay hydrated and only run if you're feeling well. 
      • This will enable you to still qualify and keep yurself on track for the 2020 Chester Triple medal, and to still make their charity fundraising worthwhile.
      • All runners who can’t make the new date, and who complete a virtual half marathon remotely will still receive the race finishers t-shirt and medal, which we will post out to you, and goody bag if you are able to collect it.
      • Please transfer to the virtual run by 31st August, and upload your virtual run by 30th September.
      • Please note if you claim a virtual run you won’t be able to use the same entry to run in the rescheduled race, you would need to enter and pay again.
  • When do I have to compete my virtual Essar Chester Half Marathon?

    You can transfer to the Virtual Essar Chester Half Marathon until 31st August 2020, and upload your run anytime until 30th September 2020.

    Please don’t run the race route, as roads will be open to traffic and it will not be safe. Please run in a safe environment, stay hydrated and only run if you're feeling well. 

  • Where is the race start?

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

  • How much is it to enter?

    Prices for half marathon.

     

  • 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.

    Runners who don't reach Long Lane (5 miles) by 10:20 won't be able to continue on the course, for their own safety.

     

  • 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 this year to raise over £1m for local and national charities. Our official race charities are:

    Teenage Cancer Trust for the Aldi Chester 10K

    Claire House Children's Hospice for the Chester Half Marathon, and the Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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. There will be water in sports cap 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.

  • Why has the event been postponed?

    As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon is being postponed to the 20th September 2020. We are disappointed to have to make this decision and we know how disappointing this news will be for our runners, however during these challenging times everyone’s health and wellbeing becomes the priority.

  • What if I can’t make the new date?

    If you can't make the new date you have two options:

    Option 1

    All runners who choose not to take part or are not able to make the new scheduled date are able to transfer their place to somebody else at no additional cost, via the confirmation email they received when they entered, or through Nifty Entries.

    Option 2

    We are determined for runners’ training not to go to waste and are able to offer runners who retain a valid entry the chance to complete a virtual half marathon remotely. 

      • You will need to retain a valid entry (i.e. not transfer your place to another runner). You will receive an email with a link to transfer to the Virtual Half Marathon. 

    You will need to transfer to the virtual run, and follow the instructions there to upload your 13.1 mile run.  Please don’t run the race route, as roads will be open to traffic and it will not be safe. Please run in a safe environment, stay hydrated and only run if you're feeling well. 

    This will enable you to still qualify and keep  on track for the 2020 Chester Triple medal, and to still make your charity fundraising worthwhile.

    All runners who can’t make the new date, and who complete a virtual half marathon remotely will still receive the race finishers t-shirt and medal, which we will post out to you*, and goody bag if you are able to collect it.

    Please note if you transfer to the virtual run you won’t be able to use the same entry to run in the rescheduled race, you would need to enter and pay again.

    * We are currently awaiting delivery of the T-shirts, and will start posting as soon as they arrive.

  • Can I get a refund for my entry?

    Unfortunately, we are not in a position to be able to offer race entry refunds. This is as per our standard terms and conditions. If you are unable to run, we hope that you do manage to transfer your entry or run your 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon virtually. 

  • I am a charity runner and got my place for the Essar Chester Half Marathon through the charity, what happens now?

    All charity runners currently entered into the 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon as of 18th March 2020 will automatically be transferred to the new race day of 20th September

    All charity runners who choose not to take part or are not able to make the new scheduled date should contact their charity to discuss the next steps.

  • When do I have to let you know I have completed my virtual Essar Chester Half Marathon?

    Please claim your virtual run by 30th September by following the links on the email we send you. Please don’t run the race route, as roads will be open to traffic and it will not be safe. Please run in a safe environment, stay hydrated and only run if you're feeling well 

  • When is the next race?

    Sunday 20th September 2020
    The half marathon race starts at 9am

  • 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.  Please see the race information for full details.

  • I want to run for charity

    Our race charity for 2018 is Claire House Children's Hospice. You can of course run for any charity of your choosing.  

  • 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.

  • What are the rules for the event?

    The races are run under UK Athletics rules.

  • What energy gels & sports drink will be available?

    Details of sports drinks and gels will be updated nearer the time of the race.

  • Will there be mile or km markers?

    There will be mile markers, every mile.

  • Is there a baggage store?

    Yes there will be a baggage store at the racecourse.  One bag per runner.  Open for bag drop off 07:30 - 09:00. Open for bag reclaim 10:15 - 13:00.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

    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.

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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