Bands are being encouraged to get involved in a half marathon – but they don’t to run.
Organisers of the Essar Chester Half Marathon are offering local musicians the chance to get involved in the event, which takes place on Sunday, 15 May.
Race organiser Chris Hulse of Active Leisure Events said: “This is a big opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent in front of an audience of 7,000 people.
“In the past we have had a small number of bands playing at strategic points on the 13.1-mile route. This year is our 35th year and we’d like to create a real party atmosphere.”
It is hoped that local people who play all types of music in everything from acoustic combos and rock groups to brass bands will be attracted to the idea of performing on the roadside during the half marathon.
Music will make 'a significant contribution'
The race route takes the runners through the centre of the city then heads out into the countryside via Parkgate Road past Mollington towards Two Mills. It then turns around through Saughall to head to Chester back down Parkgate Road.
The organisers have identified a number of prime locations for bands to set up their gear and rock it to the runners.
“We feel music on the route can make a significant contribution to the athletes’ experience of the event,” added joint race organiser Andy White.
“It livens up the atmosphere, gives a boost to the spirits of runners who may well be flagging at some point in the race and is a big hit with the people that come out to support and spectate.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about how their music can contribute to half marathon should contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.