Runners in the Chester Half Marathon

Change of dates for 2021 Chester 10K & Half Marathon

10K and Half Marathon have been re-arranged. No change to the Marathon and Metric Marathon.

Next year’s ALDI Chester 10K and Essar Half Marathon have been moved to later dates as a result of the ongoing situation with the pandemic. The date for the MBNA Marathon and Metric Marathon on 3 October remains unchanged.  

The logistics of staging large scale races in a climate where the restrictions will continue for some time even with the rollout of the vaccines meant the organisers had a tough decision to make. They decided to reschedule ALDI Chester 10K from 14 March to 18 July and Essar Half Marathon from 16 May to 19 September.  

Covid-19 won’t stop the Chester Triple, held in the historic and much-loved Roman city and there is an extra medal for any runner who completes all three. Organised by Active Leisure Events, these award-winning races are popular with new and returning runners and for 2021, will contain a series of measures that ensure they are safe as well as enjoyable for all.

ALDI Chester 10K is held on a fast course starting at the Racecourse and continuing around the city, passing the Town Hall and Cathedral before the grand finale on Eastgate Street and the distinctive clock. Good hunting ground for the PB chaser as well as being a scenic and well supported run. Note: there will be start waves for this race as part of the Covid-secure measures.

Runners in the Essar Half Marathon can look forward to a new and flatter city and rural route which passes some of Chester’s history landmarks. It finishes outside the Town Hall where spectators clap and cheer everyone as they cross the line. 

For those ready to step up MBNA Metric Marathon is a good option. One of the few races of its kind, the 16.3 mile distance bridges the gap between a half marathon and the marathon and like the other events, is held on closed roads and includes Chester’s landmarks. 

Last but not least is the MBNA Marathon that is also a qualifying race for the Abbott WMM Age Group World Championships. The third race in the Triple series, it has something for every runner and is known for the fast, flat, PB-potential course.  

More information about these races including a full statement about the changes can be found on the Active Leisure Events website. 

Image courtesy of Active Leisure Events

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