Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2023

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21 May 2023 09:00

Essar Chester Half Marathon - Sunday 21st May 2023

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Pace Runners

In 2022  we are back to our 15 strong Pace Runners crew, targeting every 10 minute time slot from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.  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

We're pleased to announce that our 2022 half marathon Pace Crew are:

  • JASON Target Time: 1:30

    Blackburn Road Runner Jason has paced for us regularly since the 2015 Chester Marathon.

    ROB Target Time: 1:30

    Rob, from Pensby Runners, joins us again as a Pace Runner.

  • Andrew Target Time: 1:40

    Andrew, from Blackburn RR, has paced for us before at the marathon distance and is now putting his skills to good use in the half marathon.

    KELVIN Target Time: 1:40

    Kelvin, who is a member of Wirral AC is a veteran of our Pace Crew since its launch in the 2013 Chester Marathon.

  • CAZ Target Time: 1:50

    A veteran of the team, Caz from Wirral AC, has been with us ever since the 2013 marathon.

    STEPHEN Target Time: 1:50

    Stephen, who runs for West Cheshire AC, joins our Pace Team once again.

  • GARY Target Time: 2:00

    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.

    GRAHAM Target Time: 2:00

    Spectrum Strider Graham is another of our regular pacers.

    JON Target Time: 2:00

    North Wales Road Runner Jon has paced many times for us before.

  • DAVE Target Time: 2:10

    Dave runs for Massey Ferguson and is another of our long standing pace runners.

    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!

  • RACHEL Target Time: 2:20

    Rachel, from Ellesmere Port RC, is one of our long standing pace runners.

    JAN Target Time: 2:20

    Jan, a member of Ellesmere Port RC, is making her debut as a pace runner at this year's half marathon.

  • ALISON Target Time: 2:30

    Alison paces regularly for our events and we're pleased that she's back with us again this year.

    JO Target Time: 2:30

    Jo has paced with us since 2018 and we're happy to welcome her back again this year.

Race Record


Vincent Boit in 2015


Amanda Crook in 2013

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2022 Results.

1st Omar Ahmed (Birchfield Harriers) 1:03:53
2nd Tom Merson (Exmouth Harriers) 1:07:46
3rd Peter Avent 1:08:23
1st Alice Braham (Ealing Eagles Running Club) 1:18:08
2nd Sophie Birtles 1:18:22
3rd Sophie Delderfield (Vale of Aylesbury AC) 1:18:52
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