Marathon effort to showcase city this Sunday

Chester city centre is gearing up to welcome tens of thousands of extra visitors – including 7,500 runners – this Sunday (17th May) for the sold out Chester Half Marathon.

With the race expected to draw the biggest Sunday crowds of the year to the city once again, organisers are calling on runners and visitors to arrive early in order to find the best viewing locations and avoid any traffic or temporary road restrictions.

Details of the route, including important race times and road closures, plus a range of other useful race day information is available for everyone to view on the Chester Half Marathon website at

“Organising a race of this scale is a mammoth task”, said Andy White from race organisers Active Leisure Events. “Although the race itself begins at 9am on Sunday, we’ll be busy overnight on Saturday and through the early hours of Sunday morning getting everything ready to put on another world-class race day that will showcase our city to thousands of runners and visitors from across the country.

“It is a marathon effort by many – pun intended! – but we couldn’t do this without the understanding of our local communities along the race day route, plus the organisation and support of our amazing team, our volunteers, our sponsors and our race partners.”

Starting at Chester Racecourse at 9am, the Chester Half Marathon will finish in Northgate Street in the city centre thanks to an agreement with Chester’s Business Improvement District (BID), CH1ChesterBID.

“Thanks to the support of CH1ChesterBID, we have a grandstand finish in the heart of the city centre and the runners will be cheered home. We really hope the thousands of finishers and racegoers visiting Chester on Sunday take the chance to enjoy everything our city has to offer. We’ll certainly be doing our best to make sure we provide a race day experience people will never forget!”

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