The Spitfire Scramble is a new event to the Essex calendar for this summer.
This is s 24-hour team or solo event taking place at Hornchurch Country Park. Entries are now open at www.spitfirescramble.co.uk.
Starting at midday on Saturday 30th August, teams and solo runners will aim to complete as many laps as they can before midday on Sunday 31st August.
Participants can enter as soloists, pairs, teams of three to five or teams of six to eight. The event village will provide catering for 24 hours, toilets, hot showers, sports massage and sponsors area as well as a live results screen to keep runners up to date with their position.
There will be trophies and prizes for the winners in each category, with separate male and female prizes in each of the team categories for same sex teams.
The race is the brainchild of former Men’s Running magazine editor Danny Coyle.
“I’ve lived in the borough for most of my life and knew of the park and its history, but it wasn’t until last year that coming here for a run revealed the possibility for an event like this to take place here.
“Thanks to the work the Council and the Forestry Commission have done in landscaping the site and the combination of terrains, there is a fantastic route here waiting to be utilised.
“When you add the space available for camping, the history of this place and the fact it is so well connected to London, it’s a really exciting prospect for me as a race organiser and for everyone who will come to run in the event.”
Team 3-5: £260
Team 6-8: £288
Campers can begin arriving from 3pm on Friday 29th August. The course will be signed for anyone wishing to recce the route from 5pm.
For more information visit www.spitfirescramble.co.uk
10 mile course combines road (through the barracks and past the WW2 Dakota) with XCountry, including stream crossings. Options to run ‘clean fatigue’ aka trainers and shorts, or ‘tab’ in boots, trousers and 35lb pack. For the last there is a target time of 1:50, which is the cutoff for Para selection. The 10-miler is one element of Para entry selection, known as P Company. Organised by the Regiment’s charity, but we welcome all runners for any charity to take part, or just run and have fun. Finisher T-shirt and medal.
Starting gun is a 105mm artillery piece, Red Devils Freefall Display Team drop in, so a great day with the Paras.
Info and entry online at www.paras10.com Code CLUB14 will get 10% discount for Essex Road Runners.
There's a brand new running event for 2014 in Essex. The Dengie Events River Run will be taking place on 22nd June 2014 from Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. There are 10km and 3km options as well as a 1.5km Children's Fun Run. The run is raising vital funds for Little Havens Children's Hospice. The aim is to create an event which captures the imagination of the local community and Marsh Farm will be organising a family fun day to coincide with the run so it's going to be a great day out.
The full events schedule is as follows:
6th April 2014 - Guide Dogs Tour of Berkshire Cyclosportive - Guide Dogs headquarters, nr Reading, Berkshire 11th May 2014 - Big East Triathlon - Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex 11th May 2014 - Tour of the Dengie Cyclosportive - Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex 8th June 2014 - Fambridge Yacht Haven Half Iron Triathlon - North Fambridge, Essex 22nd June 2014 - Dengie Events Rotary River Run - South Woodham Ferrers, Essex 20th July 2014 - The Maldon Triathlon - Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex
Entries are now open and the website is www.dengieevents.co.uk
The next meeting of the endurance committee will be on April 28th, 7.30pm at the Chelmsford AC clubhouse. All Essex affiliated clubs are encouraged to send a representative to the meeting to ensure their club members opinions are heard.
Agenda Points (currently) are as follows:
- The Essex 20 debrief
- The Essex Road relays debrief
- Ingatestone 5
- 2015 Grand Prix race selection
- Hosting an Inter Counties road race event
- Cross Country 14/15 season
- Consideration of potential use of County Funds for Road Running
New Essex parkrun
BASILDON - This new event started at 9am on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Northlands Park, Felmores Road, Basildon, Essex, SS13 1SD. Full details are shown at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basildon/ , they have a facebook page and a twitter feed. More core team Volunteers are welcome and they look forward to seeing local runners attending. Please support this event every Saturday.
Proposed Events need Core Team Volunteers
Proposed BRAINTREE event - Needs further Core Team Volunteers to start the proposed event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Len Marten on twitter @lenmarten or on Braintree Parkrun facebook page.
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 13 Essex parkruns under More tab at top of page and then follow Race Series in Essex tab.
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.
CHELMSFORD will be hosting it's first ever marathon in October 2014, it has been confirmed.
The event on October 19, organised by The J's Hospice, will take runners through the city's most scenic spots - including Central Park, Hylands Park and the village of Writtle.
Register to take part online by visiting http://www.thejshospice.org.uk/index.php/latest-news/1-latest-news/338-registration-for-the-chelmsford-marathon-now-open from February 25 or call The J’s on 01245 475474 to request a registration form to be sent to you. Cost is £28 per person.