Organisers of Chester Half Marathon have teamed up with their official partner charity to come up with a truly unique challenge for the upcoming event on Sunday 19 May by asking a group of runners to make it all the way to Lapland!
While it may sound geographically implausible, it is the distance between the two, around 2,225 miles that is to be covered. This means that a team of 170 runners must each complete 13.1 miles of the half marathon on race day in order to complete the journey to Lapland.
The challenge has been organised to support the work of the Northern Lights Children’s Charity, which supports those with life limiting illnesses to swap their hospital visits for sleigh rides, deep crisp snow, reindeers and snow mobiles. It is the nominated charity for this year’s Essar Chester Half Marathon and MBNA Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon.
Chris Hulse, joint race organiser of Active Leisure events, said of the partnership and challenge: “We are pleased to be supporting such a worthy local cause. Each year we donate a proportion of the race entry fee to the official race charity.”
Chris continued: “Last year’s Essar Chester Half Marathon runners set a new record by raising over £600,000. This year, we once again invite runners to raise money for charity and we hope lots of them will be interested in taking part in this unique challenge set by Northern Lights Children’s Charity.”
If you are up for the challenge and want to raise money for this great charity, you can contact the Northern Lights Charity here.