PLACES are fast running out for an annual half marathon.
With fewer than 500 places remaining, those wanting to enter the Sunday May 18 event in Chester, are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment.
Due to the city centre location of the race, entries for the Chester Half Marathon will be capped at 7,000 this year.
Entries have been coming in thick and fast over recent weeks, with the last week seeing more than 500 people enter the race. This has left organisers predicting general entries will fill up by this Sunday.
Joint race organiser, Chris Hulse, said: “The amount of entries we see coming in always increases rapidly towards Easter. As numbers for the race are limited, we always have an abundance of disappointed runners who leave it too late and end up missing out. We would urge you to act now to secure your place.”
The Chester Half Marathon is ideal for beginners and seasoned runners alike, due to its picturesque surroundings and largely flat, fast route, making it one of the most popular of its kind.
Sunday, May 18, will also see a one-mile fun run for families and children. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis on Saturday evening and Sunday morning of race weekend.
For those looking to go the extra mile (or 13), Chester will also host the MBNA Chester Marathon on Sunday October 5. Places for the 26.2-mile race are also expected to sell out quickly, as it was previously crowned the UK’s number one marathon by Runner’s World magazine.
Mr Hulse added: “Entries have been really strong following the London Marathon. As the biggest marathon in the North West this autumn, we are expecting that to continue over the next few months”.
Entrants can sign up to the Chester Half Marathon now at www.chesterhalfmarathon.co.uk and the Chester Marathon at www.chestermarathon.co.uk
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