There is just over a week remaining before more than 5,000 runners take to the Chester streets for the Essar Chester 2016 Half Marathon .

For those lacing up their running shoes, the organisers are holding a free seminar to provide athletes with valuable advice for race day.

Joint race organiser Chris Hulse said: “We pride ourselves in the way we support the runners on their journey from committing to run the race to crossing the finishing line.

“The free training seminars were something we introduced five years ago and they have proved to be a big hit with the runners who attended.

“There is plenty of relevant information for all with special emphasis on those training for their first half marathon.”

Jon Mason, chief operating officer from Essar, with Chester Half Marathon organisers Chris Hulse and Andy White
Jon Mason, chief operating officer from Essar, with Chester Half Marathon organisers Chris Hulse and Andy White

“One Week to Go!” is being held on Sunday, May 8 at Total Fitness, Liverpool Road, Chester starting at 9am, followed at 10am by a guided run of 8-11 miles for novices and 10-12 miles for experienced runners.

No booking is necessary, just meet the organisers before 9am in Total Fitness.

Race director Andy White added: “We want the Essar Chester 2016 Half Marathon to be a fantastic, rewarding experience for all those who run it.

“We are keen to give runners as much information and guidance as possible to help them achieve their goal, whether that be completing the distance or achieving a particular time.

“We opened entries for the event with a seminar back in February featuring motivation and training tips, sample training plans, advice on avoidance of injuries, nutrition and hydration.

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“Now it is time to support the runners further by giving them advice on final preparation that could make all the difference on race day.”

Also attending will be many of the Big Let Pace Runners who have helped runners on the monthly training runs leading up to the event and will be guiding groups of competitors at set paces around the 13.1 mile course on 15 May.

Pace runner Peter Clarkson who lives in Tarvin said: “My task on race day is to run at my assigned target pace consistently over the distance which in my case this year is a 2 hour finishing time.

“Any runner hoping to hit that time just has to stick with me.

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“It is very rewarding to draw from my experience as a runner to support my fellow participants.”

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