Aldi Chester 10K’s new route a winner

Sunday 8th March 2020 saw 4,500 runners tackling the new version of the Aldi Chester 10K in near perfect conditions.

The 6.2 mile race started at Chester Racecourse then headed out to Mollington and returned to the City Centre via Northgate Street, to a noisy reception from the supportive crowds packing the Rows and finishing straight on Eastgate Street.

The race was won by Daniel Jarvis of Bedford & County AC establishing the course record in a time of 29.45 followed by Kadar Omar of Birchfield Harriers (3:15) and Ian Crowe-Wright  (30:29).  

Daniel: “At 3 miles Kadar and I broke away.  At 5 miles I went on my own.  I used to work in Chester and as soon as I got towards the City Centre I knew I was nearly there.  A good course.”

The first woman to cross the line was Gemma Steel of Charnwood AC who finished in a time of 36:22 followed by Tessa McCormick of Vale Royal AC  (36:44) and Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port RC (37:07). 

Gemma: “It was amazing to have support on the course, especially from the runners going the opposite way!”

“From the feedback we have already received after the race and right from the initial announcement, the runners have given a big thumbs up to the changes we have made to the start which we used last year for our marathon and to the finish with its stunning Eastgate Clock backdrop,” said Joint Race Organiser Chris Hulse  

“The runners also appreciated the enthusiastic support of the local communities, especially those of Mollington and the Garden Quarter to which massive thanks are due,” applauded Joint Race Organiser Andy White.  “We are glad that lots of people made the effort to turn out to support the runners.”

Joint Race Organiser Chris Hulse said: “We would like to thank our title sponsor Aldi, associate sponsors Mitchell Group, Chester Road Runners for their support and all those who helped make the event a huge success.  We could not host the event without their help and the amazing volunteers, organisations and groups who give the race its unique and friendly character.” 

Active Leisure Events expect their three races this year to raise £1m overall for Chester based local and national causes.For more information on the Essar Chester 2020 Half Marathon and its sister event the MBNA Chester Marathon visit www.activeleisureevents.co.uk.