For the fourth consecutive year, Chester Half Marathon will see a sell-out field. The race, scheduled for Sunday 17 May, has seen its stock rise steadily and will welcome 7,000 runners to Chester Racecourse after a huge surge of entries.
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 been a busy few weeks for entries and we’re thrilled to have hit the 7,000 mark already, We’ve looked after Chester Half Marathon since 2012 and every year it’s sold out, which underlines just how popular this race is with runners of all ages and abilities.”
Even though general entries have all been snapped up, a number of charity places are still available: “There are still a few places available through our charity partner, the Babygrow Appeal, but we hope anyone that’s disappointed on missing out will still come down and cheer on the other runners on race day.”
More than 70,000 people visited the city on race day in 2014 – one of the busiest days of the year in terms of footfall – and with the event featuring another city centre finish thanks to a partnership with CH1ChesterBID, it’s expected to attract another bumper crowd.
Andy added: “A city centre finish really adds an extra dimension to the race – it gives the runners a little extra motivation to cross the finishing line as they get cheered home by the crowds against a backdrop of rich city heritage.”