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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Race Information

The 41st Essar Chester Half Marathon will take place on 21st May 2023 at 09:00.

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. ENTER HERE.

The 2023 race will host the England Athletics Age Group Masters Half Marathon Championship, more details on how you can qualify can be found here.


The race starts at 09:00 at the city centre Chester Racecourse.  The faster and flatter new route first run in 2021 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 330ml Sports Cap Brecon Caregg 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.

Medals & Finisher Goodies

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.

To provide you with some extra reassurance towards entering our event, we have created a COVID Race Entry Guarantee, this can be read here.



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


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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