It seems prospective participants for this year’s Chester Half Marathon will need to move quickly if they plan to compete in the race with news that 75% of places have already been snapped up. Organisers confirmed that there has been a huge surge of entries for the event, scheduled for Sunday 17 May, with the majority of sign-ups from Chester Half first timers.
The upturn in popularity is attributed to the fact the half marathon was 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. This year will see the event celebrate its 34th year, with runners setting off from Chester Racecourse and finishing in the city centre outside of Chester Town Hall.
Andy White, from race organisers Active Leisure Events, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people choosing to run with us in 2015 and, once again, we’re fully expecting the race to sell out.”
“What’s interesting this year is that, with around 12 weeks still to go, almost 70% of registrations so far are from newcomers – people that haven’t run Chester Half Marathon since we took over the event in 2013 – with plenty of entries from people choosing Chester for their first ever half marathon.”
Last year’s race saw a field of over 5000 runners compete, with Altringham’s Mohammed Abu-Rezeq taking top place in a time of 1:05:48, with Gemma Connolly leading the female field home in 1:22:20.
To register for the event, visit the Chester Half Marathon website here.