The Essar Chester Half Marathon takes place on 17 May with a new and improved route for 2020. However, it still includes the exciting finish at the Town Hall in front of large cheering crowds.
One of four races organised by Active Leisure Events, it is held in the Roman city of Chester that is famous for its Walls, amphitheatre and the distinctive Eastgate Clock – which stands tall above the original entrance to the Roman fortress of Deva Victrix.
The eye-catching clock remains a feature of the upgraded route along with the start at 9am from Chester Racecourse. Runners will follow a faster and flatter course encompassing the best aspects of the city and the countryside on closed roads.
In the first half of the race they leave the city, exiting Parkgate Road much earlier and head off along scenic lanes through the villages of Mollington, Lea by Backford and Saughall.
They return to the city for the second half of the race and the sprint finish in front of the Town Hall and Cathedral. Enthusiastic spectators will applaud them all the way and bands, music and live entertainment will motivate runners to the end.
Northern Lights Children’s Charity is involved with the race and runners are invited to fundraise on their behalf. This local charity take 20 children with life-limiting conditions to Lapland to meet Santa Claus each Christmas,.
All finishers in the half marathon will be presented with a technical T-shirt, medal and goody bag. In addition, the popular Chester Triple Medal returns this year and every runner who completes three races receives an extra, custom designed medal.