12 May

Chester At The Races

Chester Half Marathon

Organisers of Sunday's Cheshire Oaks Chester half marathon are preparing for the largest turnout in the event's 31 year history with around 5,000 runners expected to take part. This year's race shows a marked increase in competitors, with the 2011 event recording just over 2,000 runners. Sunday's half marathon will the first on a new route and the prospect of a quick, flat course has clearly resulted in an upturn in numbers.

Starting at Chester racecourse, the new course will see runners leave the city via Parkgate Road, moving towards Two Mill and passing over the A494, before finishing at Chester Town Hall Square.

Race director Andy White said: "The people of Chester have always responded warmly to this event and it is exciting that the new route takes the runners through places where the race passed in its early days."

In addition to the modified route, organisers have pledged £500 for any runner setting a course record. Early weather forecasts show that runners can look forward to bright and cool conditions, with temperatures around 12C.