A couple of weeks ago I signed up for The Chester Running Tours with some friends. It promised exercise, a history tour and, best of all - a glass of prosecco at the end! Whats not to love.
Its an easy pace 5k run through the city, although you can opt for a 10k, or even a bespoke tour - and with the history tour stops theres plenty of breaks along the way so pretty much any fitness level is catered for. I've lived in Chester most of my adult life, and I know quite a lot about its fascinating history, however Gareth is passionate about his subject - I learnt a bit more than I expected and he reminded me of some stories long forgotten!
Chester is a beautiful, compact little city, and the running tour would be a great introduction for a visitor that wanted something a bit different from the usual. The tour takes in the many landmarks and attractions of Chester and it’s perfect for getting your bearings. We ran down Northgate Street, around the Walls, to the castle, the river and suspension bridge and up past Chester’s first cathedral St. John the Baptist, to the Eastgate Clock - the most photographed clock in the UK after The Westminster Clock & Big Ben in London! For me it was a lovely way to see the city from a different perspective, away from the main streets and busy roads, and to spend time with great friends.
The tour took approx 1.5 hours, and by the end we definitely knew we had exercised, the prosecco was very welcome and a brilliant way to finish off a fun and informative afternoon.
The tours run mainly at the weekend with some in the evening midweek, and there are different options if prosecco isn't your thing.
Have a look at Gareth’s website www.chesterrunningtours.co.uk for more information and calendar of events. He caters for much more serious runners than me and is starting a foodie walking tour in the spring! All bases covered.