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Race Information

The Essar Chester 2020 Half Marathon has been postponed to 20th September 2020.

During these challenging times, the health and wellbeing of our runners, volunteers, officials, spectators and the general public are of paramount importance to us. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon is being postponed to the 20th September 2020. All existing entrants will shortly receive an email setting out their options.
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The Roman and Medieval city of Chester is an international destination city, and has much to offer visitors, including the Roman walls and amphitheatre, shopping on its unique split-level Rows dating from the Middle Ages, the famous Eastgate Clock and museums. On the outskirts of the City are the massive Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium.

The race starts at 09:00 at the city centre Chester Racecourse.  The faster and flatter new route will be run entirely on closed roads.  Heading northwest out of the city on wide roads, runners will rapidly settle into the race, with plenty of support and music along the way.  In the second half of the race the runners return to Chester for an unforgettable finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral.

Drinks stations, with bottled water, will be every 2.5 to 3 miles. We'll also have bands, music and entertainment along the way to entertain the crowds and runners.

There will be chip timing with splits at 5k, 10k, 15k and 20k, with social media athlete tracking so friends and family can follow your progress.

All finishers will receive a technical T-shirt, bespoke medal and a top quality goody bag.

All our races are licensed by UK Athletics and run under their rules. To run the Essar Chester Half Marathon you must be at least 17 years old on race day.

You should find all the information you need on the web site and FAQ's. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like any additional information.

 

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As with all such events, our events would not be possible without the help of a huge team of volunteers.

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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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