SHELL UK is fuelling this year’s Chester Half Marathon, scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 15.
It has agreed a sponsorship deal for the 13.1-mile road race, being organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club assisted by Cheshire West and Chester Council, and the event has adopted The Youth Federation, whose headquarters are in Ellesmere Port, as this year’s race charity.
They deliver projects which address the needs of disadvantaged young people in Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral.
Entries have now closed for the half-marathon as the 2,800 limit was reached at the end of March.
Both West Cheshire AC and Cheshire West and Chester Council are excited and delighted to have Shell UK on board for its eighth year of sponsorship for Chester’s biggest participation event, which starts in Castle Drive at 9.30am, with the leading runners reappearing over Grosvenor Bridge just more than an hour later to finish on the Roodee.
Race director Ian Cook is spearheading this year’s event and said: “The race seems to be growing in stature year after year and our marriage with Shell UK as sponsors has raised the profile and magnitude of the fixture to an even greater level.
“We are very grateful to Shell. Its support has allowed us to proceed with greater confidence in putting on the event.”
Shell UK public affairs manager Edward Brady said: “It’s great to be associated with such a popular event, which has an important place on the British road running calendar.”