Chester Half runners

Feeling Flat, Flat, Flat

With a new, flatter and faster, route runners get ready for the return of Chester City’s Half Marathon…

The Essar Chester Half Marathon just gets better and better! That’s the vibe as organisers of one of the North West’s premier, award winning, half marathons unveil an exciting upgrade to the route for the 2021 race.

Scheduled for 19 September, the new and improved 2021 route is flatter and faster than previous courses and provides ample room for social distancing if needed.

Joint Race Organiser Chris Hulse told runABC: "Never having been the type of people to sit on our hands in respect of our events, we are always looking for ways to make them better. The last 15+ months have certainly provided us time to do just that.

"The race still starts at Chester Racecourse, takes in some of the city’s historic landmarks and keeps the spectacular finish at the Town Hall. However, on leaving the city, runners will now exit Parkgate Road much earlier and weave their way through the leafy lanes around the picturesque villages of Mollington, Lea by Backford and Saughall.

"Whilst the race has meandered over a variety of routes in and around Chester since its first running in 1982, this is undoubtedly the flattest course this century and has a higher proportion of country lanes than in recent years. We reckon that the extra village support and flatter elevation could see some personal best times being run!"

A popular innovation last year was the Chester Triple Medal and this continues in 2021. Athletes running the Aldi Chester 10K, the Essar Chester Half Marathon and either the MBNA Chester Marathon or Metric Marathon this year will receive an extra, bespoke medal – the perfect reward to celebrate the return of running and taking part in the three Chester events during the year.

It's time to put the past year behind us, those looking for new PB’s, to test out their lockdown training, to get active, to socialise with their friends and fundraise for charity, shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take part in the second Chester Triple of the year.

The pandemic has had a devastating impact on charities. The pandemic's effects on events in 2020 meant a vital source of fundraising stopped, leaving a huge shortfall. More people than ever have been pushed to rely on charities for help and support at a time when the charities themselves have been stretched to the limit.

Runners can help close the charity funding gap in 2021 by running for Northern Lights Children’s Charity or another cause close to their heart, at the 2021 Essar Chester Half Marathon. Every single penny from sponsorship can make a difference and even raising a little counts, because all the ‘little's’ combine to go a very long way.

For more information on the Essar Chester 2021 Half Marathon, its sister races and the Northern Lights Children’s Charity visit the event website

Image courtesy of Active Leisure Events. 

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