Chester Half Marathon will hit the lofty peaks of its 35th staging on Sunday 15 May with up to 7,000 runners expected to celebrate the occasion. Over the past five years the race has grown in popularity, with organisers Active Leisure Events, seeing the size of the field almost triple in size since taking over in 2012.
The 2015 half marathon saw a star-studded field depart from Chester Racecourse and finish in the city centre outside of Chester Town Hall. Kenya’s Vincent Boit set a winning time of 1:02:21, Altrincham & District’s Mohammed Abu-Rezeq took second 1:06:38, with Ben Fish third (1:07:39). In the women’s field, Teresiah Omosa, also from Kenya, crossed the finishing line in 1:15:37
When the current team took over the organisation from West CheshireAC in 2012 they were able to upgrade the race to allow 4,000 runners to take part and this grew to 5,000 in 2013 and 2014 to arrive at the current race limit of 7,000 this year.
Joint race organiser Andy White, from Chester, explained why he thought the event has grown in popularity: “Whilst keen to keep the racecourse start with its excellent facilities we gave the route a radical overhaul. The current route, crucially, with all roads being closed, takes the athletes up Parkgate Road towards Two Mills, then it turns around through Saughall to head to Chester back down Parkgate Road.”
Entries for Chester Half Marathon are now open and priced at £32. More information is available here.