The second Chelmsford Marathon is to be held on Sunday 18th of October.
Last year, there were over 1,000 participants in the first ever Chelmsford Marathon raising an amazing £100,000 This year, there is a brand new course set up with the help of our local running club The Springfield Striders. The course is single lapped and classed by the Course Measurer as fairly flat with some undulation. There is brand new starting venue, Shire Hall, allowing participants to run through the heart of the City of Chelmsford, and the beautiful surrounding parks and countryside. The course comprises of road running and tarmac paths.
The Chelmsford Marathon is solely organised by The J’s Hospice a small charity based in Chelmsford, Essex that provides hospice and respite care services to young adults aged 16-40 who are living with life limiting and life threatening conditions.
More information is on their website here
There are plenty of clubs and Run England groups about for you to join, but if actually going to a club is not your cup of tea, but you want to get some of the benefits, then why not consider joining the Road Runners Club. The RRC is unique as an athletics club in that its membership is spread throughout the UK and they do not have the social structure of a local club.
You will be sent three copies each year of their journal, Roadrunner, which contains a wide range of articles and information on road-running topics, with its main focus being the activities of RRC members.
As an RRC member, you have an option to register with the national athletics body. This requires the additional payment of their registration fee, but entitles you to enter races without having to pay the unaffiliated surcharge.
Here's the dates and venues for the forthcoming Essex County cross country championships.
XC Relays on 26th September hosted by Southend AC at Hockley. The start time will be10am. The race will have chip timing and batons (same as the road relays). Clubs will also be able to enter mixed teams of 2 men and 2 women (seniors only). An athlete will not be able to run in 2 different teams. Mixed teams are eligible for county medals.
Vet XC Champs on 28th November and will include the county champs for U13 and U15’s as well. Hosted by Colchester Harriers at Hilly Fields. U13 race will start at 10am
Main County Champs on 9th January – venue to be confirmed at Claybury. Start time will also be 10am.
All clubs are encouraged to enter teams into these long standing events.
parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run every Saturday at 9am. Remember to register on the Parkrun website to get your barcode which allows you to be timed and then receive your weekly email.
Details of all 20 Essex 5k parkruns under More tab at top of page and then follow Race Series in Essex tab.
New parkrun event started at Harwich (Cliff Park, Dovercourt, Harwich CO12 3LJ) on 1 August 2015. For further details see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/harwich/
There are also four Junior parkruns in Essex for 4-14 years, which are held over 2K and which operate on a similar basis to 5K parkrun, but are held at 10am on a Sunday. Parents can run with their children at these events. Locations are Barking & Dagenham (Central Park, Dagenham), Central Park (Chelmsford), Great Notley (nr Braintree) and Harrow Lodge (Hornchurch).
Does you area NOT have a parkrun? Have you contacted parkrun about starting a new events - let us know of your progress and if you need any assistance getting a working group together.
The races have been selected for the 2016 Essex Road Running Championships. Not all dates are known at present, but they will appear on the calendar when available. The races are:-
Essex 20 - 6/3/16 Halstead Marathon - 8/5/16 Witham 5 Miles - 2/5/16 Feslted 10K Pleshey Half Marathon Tiptree 10 Miles
Cross Country dates to follow.