The Essar Chester Half Marathon is one of the standout events on city's sporting calendar, one which seems to get bigger and better every year.

Now in its 35th year, the 13.1-mile test of endurance will see thousands of athletes pound Chester's streets, cheered on by hundreds of spectators.

Inevitably, such a big event leads to some disruption on the day, as certain roads are closed off and diversions put in palce.

So to make sure you're fully prepared – whether you're a runner, spectator or someone wanting to steer clear of any possible hold-ups – this handy guide to Sunday's race should tell you all you need to know.

When is it?

The signs have been up around the city for weeks. The race starts at 9am on Sunday, May 15, from Chester Racecourse and finishes outside the Town Hall. The elite runners will complete the 13.1-mile course in just over an hour, while the rest of the field will take two hours or more.

A fun run, for about 600 youngsters, will start at about 9.20am.

Where will the runners be heading?

After leaving the racecourse, runners will stream up Watergate Street and through the Walls before leaving the city via the Garden Quarter, heading out into Mollington . At the halfway point, the return to Chester begins, via Woodbank and Saughall . The finish line is outside the Town Hall, where cheering crowds will welcome the athletes home.

The race route for the 2016 Essar Chester Half Marathon
The race route for the 2016 Essar Chester Half Marathon

How will this affect everyone else?

There are a raft of road closures, with the first beginning from 5.30am on the day of the race. Some roads will still be closed in the afternoon, though most will only be shut for a couple of hours and diversions will be in place for motorists. You can read though a comprehensive list of the road closures HERE .

Is it going to rain?

No! Conditions are forecast to be almost perfect. It'll be dry with some cloud cover and it won't be too hot either, with maximum temperatures of 12°C.

What about The Chronicle's coverage?

We'll be running a live blog on the day of the race so look out for that on our website . There will be links to the blog on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Reporter David Holmes will be out and about in the city, tweeting pictures and speaking to spectators and runners. He may even catch up with fellow Chronicle reporter Mike Fuller, who has entered this year's race.

Any other business?

A couple of things, yes... You can read some of the stories behind why people are running HERE . And if there's anything we've not covered, try visiting the event's official website HERE .

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