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Chester 5k 2024

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Chester 5k

Sunday 7 Jul 2024

£15.99 Aged 16 and over | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 7 Jul 2024

Time: 09:00

Venue: Chester Racecourse

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Chester Racecourse, New Crane Street, Chester, CH1 2LY View map

Course information

The start line, finish line and event site is entirely on grass, and is uneven in places. Ground conditions may vary according to recent weather conditions.

The course is predominately on road, with the first 200m and last 300m on grass. The course is pretty much flat, but there is one steep downhill section towards the end of the course. It is a single lap 5K route.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up.  A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish 

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time. 

Our courses have been measured with a measuring wheel.  This is the most accurate measurement method and may not always match up with fitbits, Strava and Apple watches.  Remember to follow the route carefully and don't cut corners as

Join forces or go solo

Race for Life participants having fun at events
You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start and finish line is located on the central field at Chester Racecourse.

If using what3words, enter ///skip.single.wooden in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

Pedestrians: The closest entrance to the event site is via New Crane Street. You can also access the racecourse via the riverside footpath from the Little Roodee car park.

General Event Parking: Parking is available on site until the roads close at 8.30am. Parking is free of charge.

Blue Badge Parking: Parking is available on site until the roads close at 8.30am. From the car park, it is around 50m to the event site over uneven grass. Parking is free of charge.

Volunteer Parking: Parking is available on site until the roads close at 8.30am. Parking is free of charge.

Drop Offs: Drop off is allowed at the racecourse until 8.30am when the road closures are put in place.

Bus: Buses are available that stop outside the racecourse, however they will be affected due to the road closures. Check the timetables online for further information: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/public-transport/bus-timetables-route-maps/bus-service-timetables

Train: Chester Railway Station is 1.1 miles from the event site.

Electric Charging points: There are no electric charghing points available at this event.

Cycling & Bike Racks: There are no bike storage facilities at this event.

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Not wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers

We aim to provide our supporters with as much information as possible so that they can make an informed choice based on their own specific needs.

Please refer to the meeting point, course information and travel sections where we aim to give you suffient information on each of these areas.

We have assessed this route and concluded it is not wheelchair accessible due to the elevation changes and grass sections.

The nearest accessible 5k event is Delamere Forest or Rhyl.

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk 

We aim to have a British Sign Language Interpreter available on stage whilst our event host is speaking.

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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