Runners from across the country will be heading to Chelmsford on Sunday 21st October to take part in the fifth year of this major sporting event, which raises thousands of pounds for The J’s Hospice charity.
The 26.2 mile single lap course of road running and tarmac paths starts in Chelmsford before heading out to nearby villages and then returning to the city to cross the finishing line. Since it began in 2014, 4,583 people have signed up to run 120,075 miles – which is the equivalent of running around the UK about 10 times!
Last year 875 runners registered – with one travelling from Mexico City to take part – and the event raised around £60,000 for The J’s Hospice which supports young adults with life-limiting conditions across Essex.
Lucy Burgess, The J’s Events Fundraiser, explained: “The Chelmsford Marathon is a really popular event that appeals to elite athletes as well as those new to distance running. The feedback we get from the runners each year is fantastic: they love the course, the friendly atmosphere and the enthusiastic marshals cheering them on!
“The money raised helps to pay for the enhanced care that our young adults and their families really rely on including tailored specialist nursing and respite in the comfort of their own homes as well as advice, end of life care and bereavement support. We are very grateful to the runners who collect sponsor money for The J’s Hospice and to our friends at Toppesfield for their generous support.”
Matthew Pryor, Managing Director of Toppesfield and a keen supporter of The J’s Hospice said: “We are delighted to sponsor such a fantastic event in the running calendar, one supporting a cause that touches the lives of so many.”
Seven of the Toppesfield team will be running the marathon in October, including Matthew himself.
Registration for The J’s Hospice 2018 Chelmsford Marathon is open now at www.havenshospices.org.uk/chelmsfordmarathon