Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 19th May 2024

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19 May 2024 09:00

Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 19th May 2024

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Pace Runners

Below is our Pace Crew for 2024 and their corresponding target times. Our Pace Runners run the race at a pre-determined pace, which they may adjust slightly at different points in the race to take account of the changes in terrain. 


If you are a new runner with a specific target time in mind or you are looking to beat your personal best time, the Pace Crew will be there to help you achieve your goal. 

Our Pace Runners are also a familiar sight at our monthly training runs, where they support runners in their progress towards race day.  

If you'd like to be considered for our future Pace Crew please contact our Pace Crew Manager, Dave on

  • ROB Target Time: 1:30

    Rob, from Pensby Runners, joins us once again as a Pace Runner. "It’s a big responsibility, but the look on peoples’ faces when they cross the line with the time they wanted is priceless!"

    KYLE Target Time: 1:30

    A familiar sight at the Training Runs, Kyle has paced both the half marathon and marathon, we're pleased to welcome him to the half marathon Pace Crew once again.

  • SHAFIQ Target Time: 1:40

    Shafiq, from Blackburn Road Runners, is a seasoned member of our Pace Crew. "I get quite a buzz from pacing. It’s good to put something back into my sport".

    JASON Target Time: 1:40

    Since his first pacing run in the 2015 Chester Marathon, Jason of Blackburn Road Runners has gone on to pace in events all over the world.

  • STEPHEN Target Time: 1:50

    Stephen of West Cheshire AC is a valued member of the Pace Crew and a familiar sight at the monthly training runs.

    Sean Britton Target Time: 1:50

    Sean Britton of Mersey Tri made his pacing debut with us in 2023.

  • JON Target Time: 2:00

    North Wales Road Runner Jon has paced many times with us before. "I’ve been pacing for years and just love it whether that’s on one of the monthly training runs or the race itself.  It’s great to support other runners!"

    KELVIN Target Time: 2:00

    Kelvin of Wirral AC has paced for us countless times and keeps coming back for more!

    CAZ Target Time: 2:00

    Like her club mate Kelvin, Caz was a member of the inaugural marathon Pace Crew in 2013.

  • GRAHAM Target Time: 2:10

    Spectrum Strider Graham has paced our events for many years. "I enjoy empowering the runners around me and feel privileged to be a pacer."

    STEVE Target Time: 2:10

    Another stalwart of the team, Steve from Buckley RC was part of the very first Pace Crew in 2013 and keeps coming back for more! Keep an eye out for his colourful headwear.

  • NATHALIE Target Time: 2:20

    Like the other members of the Pace Crew Nathalie of Chester Road Runners enjoys supporting runners achieve their goals.

    LIZ Target Time: 2:20

    Liz of Kirkstall Harriers is a valued member of the squad. "Helping runners to achieve their goals has added a new dimension to my own running.  It’s great!"

  • Lisa Target Time: 2:30

    Lisa of Ellesmere Port RC made her pacing debut with us in the 2023 marathon.

    GARY Target Time: 2:30

    Gary, a member of the 100 Marathon Club, has the distinction of being the only Pace Runner in the 2013 Chester Half Marathon when we were first exploring the notion of Pace Runners for our events.

Race Record


Vincent Boit in 2015


Amanda Crook in 2013

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2023 Results.

1st Andrew Hayes (Hallamshire Harriers) 1:05:52
2nd Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) 1:06:28
3rd Ed Shepherd (Woodford Green AC) 1:06:59
1st Tracy Barlow (Thames Valley Harriers) 1:15:19
2nd Abigail Howarth (Vale Royal AC) 1:19:40
3rd Kelly Edwards (Leamington Cycling & AC) 1:20:05
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