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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Results & Race History

Well done to all our runners who took part in the 2023 Essar Chester Half Marathon!

Check out your final results on Nifty here, or take a look at past results and prizes on the right.

The first Chester Half Marathon was run in 1982, organised by the Chester Branch of the Rotary Club - and reported on in this article from the Chester Chronicle. The route started and finished at the Chester Racecourse, via Blacon, Saughall and Sealand.

Results for that race have been lost in the mists of time - if you did the race and have a copy of the results please get in touch and we will add them to our archive.

In 1983 there were 1,753 runners and this strong level of entry was maintained, with entries exceeding 2,500 in 1985 and 1986.

After the 1993 race Rotary handed the race over to Chester and Ellesmere Port Athletic Club (CEPAC), who needed to find a new route to avoid Sunday shoppers visiting the Greyhound Retail Park. The route to the south of the City went out and back through Eccleston, Belgrave and Pulford.

The newly-formed West Cheshire AC took over in 1998. The race continued to be a popular feature of the local race calendar, selling out within days of opening.

In May 2012, Active Leisure Events took on the organisation of the Chester Half Marathon. West Cheshire AC retain strong links to the race, and continue to provide many of the officials and volunteers on race day.

Since 2012 the race has taken place over a new course which starts at the city centre Chester Racecourse and finishes outside the Town Hall and Cathedral, in the heart of the city.

In 2021, the Chester Half Marathon route changed, making it one of the flattest routes in many years but still retaining the racecourse start and spectacular city centre finish.

Over four decades and various routes, the race records have been: Men: Vincent Boit 1:02:21 (2015); Women: Amanda Crook 1:14:32 (2013).  


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
See all results