The ‘Sold Out’ signs have been raised with more than two weeks to go until the Chester Half Marathon following a huge surge of entries.

Seven thousand people have now registered for this year’s event on Sunday, May 17, completing a string of consecutive sell-outs for the popular race over the last four years.

Andy White from race organisers Active Leisure Events said: “It’s been a busy few weeks for entries and we’re thrilled to have hit the 7,000 mark already.

“We’ve looked after the Chester Half Marathon since 2012 and every year it’s sold out, which underlines just how popular this race is with runners of all ages and abilities.

“There are still a few places available through our charity partner, the Babygrow Appeal, but we hope anyone that’s disappointed on missing out will still come down and cheer on the other runners on race day.”

The Chester Half Marathon was named one of The UK’s 50 Best Races in January by the readers of Runner’s World and recognised for the quality of its route, the variety of scenery and excellent support.

More than 70,000 people visited the city on race day last year and with the event featuring another city centre finish thanks to a partnership with CH1ChesterBID, it’s expected to attract another bumper crowd.

Andy added: “A city centre finish really adds an extra dimension to the race – it gives the runners a little extra motivation to cross the finishing line as they get cheered home by the crowds against a backdrop of rich city heritage.

“The countdown is really on now until the race and we’re in full preparation mode to make sure it’s a wonderful event that all of our runners and spectators will enjoy and remember.”

For more information about the limited number of race places still available through the Babygrow Appeal, visit .