In recognition of the continued demand for entries to Chester half marathon next month, the event has released 1,000 extra places. Entries were originally limited to 5,000, but, after receiving an influx of sign-ups in the last few weeks, organisers were eager to negotiate additional places for the race on 12 May.
The race's increasing popularity may be attributed to its successful relaunch in 2012, which saw the introduction of a flatter course. Starting at Chester racecourse, runners head up Watergate Street, through The Walls, along the inner ring road to Fountains Roundabout and out of the city towards Two Mills. Competitors will then return to Chester via Woodbank and finish by the town hall and cathedral.
Last year's event saw Rob Baker of Hallamshire Harriers take advantage of the new course with an impressive time of 1:09:25, with Wrexham AC's Emma Parry leading the women home in 1:20:44.
Chris Hulse, joint race organiser from Active Leisure Events, commented: “We have seen a flurry of sign-ups over recent weeks and judging by the current rate of entry, we are expecting these final places to sell within the next few days."
Entries are still open for the 1 mile Fun Run, which takes place on the same day as Chester half marathon. Registration for the half marathon is priced at £26 (£28 non-affiliated). For more information, visit the event website.