This was Essar's second year as headline sponsor of the popular Chester Half Marathon, with nearly 6,000 runners and an army of spectators taking to the streets of Chester and South Wirral.
Many of our employees took part through a healthy mix of runners, volunteers and spectators. Chief Executive Officer S. Thangapandian presented the winners' prizes.
The event, now in its 36th year, was hailed as an outstanding success and it is estimated that a record amount will have been raised for charity. One of the central aims of the Essar Chester Half Marathon is to support charities and local communities. It is expected that the runners will raise in excess of £600,000 for charitable causes, with Claire House Children's Hospice being the official race charity for 2017.
The runners in the main race were joined by a record 800 children who charged round Chester Racecourse in the 1 mile Fun Run.