Sun 19 May 2024 Chester, Cheshire, UK

Essar Chester Half Marathon

2024 marks the 42nd edition of the historic Essar Chester Half Marathon where all abilities, ages and speeds are welcome. It’s the second event of the Chester Triple Series too.

  • Sun 19 May 2024
Chester Racecourse, Chester > Chester Town Hall, Chester

Half Marathon



Age 17 & over

  • 13.1 miles road running


All abilities, ages and speeds are welcome in the award winning, Essar Chester Half Marathon. 2023 marks the 41st edition of this historic race. It’s the second event of the Chester Triple Series. Join in on what will be an amazing day. 

The event will host the England Athletics and Welsh Athletics Age Group Masters Half Marathon Championship.

Whatever your reason for running, you'll be supported all the way to achieve greatness.

Runners will enjoy a combination of city centre sights and rural villages on a fast and largely flat route which will be run entirely on closed roads, combined with friendliness and personal touches which are unique to this event series. A Fun Run makes the day exciting and inclusive for all abilities!


  • Well-established half marathon for over 40 years
  • From the organisers of the UK's Best Marathon Up to 5,000 Runners (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Stunning city centre start and finish
  • England Athletics and Welsh Athletics Age Group Masters Half Marathon Championship qualifier
  • Run in the city and countryside on closed roads
  • Fun Run on the same day aimed at primary school children
  • Part of the Chester Triple series for an extra challenge medal
  • Free, monthly, paced training runs and training seminars

This event is part of Essar Chester Half Marathon and Fun Run.

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event


  • Bag storage
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban


  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Mass start
  • PB
  • Point to point
  • Single start
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations


  • Public transport links

What's included

  • Cash prizes
  • Certificate
  • Chip timing
  • Goody bag
  • iTAB
  • Map
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Pre-event training sessions
  • Race photo
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan


  • Age 17 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Insurance available
  • Race pack by post
  • Series discount