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 course is now all confirmed and approved by the UK Athletics Course Measurer. It is a beautiful route which includes Urban Roads, City Parks and Winding Country Lanes. Approximately 15 miles of the race including stunning views of the Essex country side.
There is still time for those accomplished runners to sign up or if anyone would like to volunteers/ marshal they can get in touch through our website http://www.chelmsfordmarathon.org.uk/volunteer/
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
Here's the dates and venues for the forthcoming Essex County cross country championships.
XC Relays on 26th September were hosted by Southend AC at Hockley. The results are here
Vet XC Champs on 28th November and will include the county champs for U13 and U15’s as well. Hosted by Colchester Harriers at Abbey 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.
The Essex League XC at Southend on the 31st Oct 2015 will be used to select the Essex County Teams for the SEAA InterCounties match on 12th Dec 2015 at Biggleswade. This is for U13 Girls to Senior Women and u13 Boys to U17 Men.
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.
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 starting at Thurrock (Pyramid Centre, Heath Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4XH) on 10 October 2015. For further details see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/thurrock/
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.
Havens Hospices have dreamed up a new, unique challenge for you. It's on 22 November at Hadleigh Park and uses the Olympic Mountain Bike Course. The event consists of three elements, a 5K run, followed by a 10K bike ride and finishing off with an army style assault course.
Entry is £30.
More info here
Entries are now open for the 2016 event. Details and online entry here.
As of 30 September, 106 entries have been taken.
The next meeting of the county endurance committee will be held on Monday 30th November at Chelmsford AC clubhouse from 7.30pm. All county affiliated running clubs are invited to send a representative along to the meeting.