140 runners stepped out in our colours on Sunday 8th October for the Chester Marathon

As the Chester Triple series drew to a close, the season finale was a great success with over 5,000 runners taking to the streets and over the border into Wales.

Our amazing athletes have raised an estimated £50,000 so far across the 10k, half marathon and marathon.

One notable success in a Hope House vest on the day was Wade Kelly, 25, from Ellesmere Port.

Wade was running for us on behalf of his employer and Hope House charity partner, Mowgli Street Food in Cheshire Oaks and achieved the coveted Chester Triple – a special medal for those who complete all three races.

His story was even more remarkable as seven months ago he had never been running.

After completing the marathon in a highly respectable 5hr 15min he said: “That was the toughest challenge I’ve ever faced in my life – especially with the intense heat.

“But, it was honestly the most rewarding.

Wade Kelly with his Chester Triple medal (gold)

“There was no better feeling than crossing the finish line and making my family, Mowgli colleagues and Hope House proud.”

The day also included a Mini Marathon and the Metric Marathon.

As official charity partners with organisers Active Leisure Events, our volunteers were on hand to help with medal and t-shirt distribution.

Chester area fundraiser Nicky Eyes, said: “We have loved being the charity partner for Active Leisure Events this year.

“Every aspect has been fulfilling, from the awareness raised, Hope House Tŷ Gobaith families being part of the events, volunteers at the finish lines and supporting all the runners.

“It’s been a fantastic year. We feel very fortunate to have been selected in 2023 and hope we have the opportunity again in the future.”

Some of our volunteer army help with the t-shirts