The Essar Chester Half Marathon lived up to its reputation as one of the key fundraising events in the northern calendar with runners in Sunday’s (21 May) race totalling an expected amount of over £600,000 for charities and local communities. As with 2016, Sunday’s field was treated to sunny conditions as they departed from Chester Racecourse.
Over the past six 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. This has coincided too with some positive feedback from runners – the event named as one of the UK’s 50 Best Races – with Chester being recognised for the quality of its route, the variety of scenery and its excellent support.
It turned out to be a successful day for Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, who, following his victory at the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon two weeks ago, secured the 2017 title with another impressive performance.
Abu-Rezeq, who had posted second and third place finishes in the previous two years, took top spot in 1:07:20, with Liverpool Harriers’ Ben Russell second (1:09:30) and Tarus Elly third (1:09:53). Abu-Rezeq later commented: “I love this race. A great course with lots of encouragement from spectators and volunteers.”
In the women’s competition, Wakefield District Harriers & AC Julie Briscoe claimed first with a winning time of 1:17:06 followed by Gemma Connolly of St Helens Sutton AC (1:20:17) and Jenny Watt of Vale Royal AC (1:24:53). John Wszolek was the midpoint finisher in 1:59:37, while the last runner came home in 3:43:47.
Entries for the Essar Chester 2018 Half Marathon are now open, with early bird entrants offered a 30% discount if they enter prior to 30 June. The 2018 race is scheduled for Sunday 29 April.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.