The last remaining places at the upcoming Essar Chester Half Marathon are up for grabs as the race edges on another sell out. Organisers are expecting up to 7,000 runners to compete in what will be the event’s 35th birthday on Sunday 15 May, and, as ever, a huge turnout of spectators is likely to travel to the city to watch the action unfold.
The course takes runners from Chester Racecourse and finishes in the city centre outside of Chester Town Hall. The race has witnessed a surge in popularity recently and 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.
Last year Kenya’s Vincent Boit set a new course record of 1:02:21, shaving more than two minutes off the previous record. Altrincham & District’s Mohammed Abu-Rezeq, 2014 winner, took second 1:06:38, with Ben Fish third (1:07:39).
In the women’s field, Teresiah Omosa, also from Kenya, crossed the finishing line in 1:15:37, with Hannah Oldroyd second (1:20:20) and Rachel Cave in third place (1:20:35). Clare Marsh was the mid-point competitor in 1:59:06, while the final runner came home in 3:43:11.
Entries for the half are priced at £37 or £35 for non-UKA affiliated runners.