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The Chelmsford Marathon & Half - Incorporating The Essex Road Running Championships

Location: Shire Hall, City Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH
Date: Sunday 17th October 2021
Time: 09:00

We are delighted to announce that the Chelmsford marathon returns for an 7th year in 2021 even bigger and better!

Sadly, the 2020 event was cancelled due to Coronavirus but this popular race returns in 2021, with the exciting addition of a new half marathon distance.

The 2021 Marathon event will also incoroporate the Essex Road Running Championships.

This has always been a major fundraising event for Havens Hospices and, because of the pandemic and cancelation of the 2020 race, the 2021 event will carry even more importance.Your entry will be helping to provide palliative nursing and supportive care to adults, young people and children living with complex or incurable conditions across Essex. This is one of the biggest events in the Essex race calendar and is expected to attract over 1,000 participants, an early entry is advised.

The Chelmsford Marathon is a 26.2 mile single lap course on road and tarmac paths starting in the city centre and finishing in Central Park. A scenic rural route which heads out through the city and then undulates through the nearby countryside and pretty villages of north Essex. The race has a stunning finish line, down an avenue of autumn trees in Central Park.

The race draws a large crowd, with many supporters and friendly marshals on the route to cheer you on. The race is rated highly among runners and comes highly recommended – It’s definitely one to add to your 2021 race diaries.

Entry fee includes:

Bespoke medal
Technical runner t-shirt
Aid stations on route*
Chip timing
Finish line goodies*
Trophies for winners and leading age categories
Great atmosphere and spectator viewing at the finish
Race pacers

* These are subject to Covid guidelines applying at the time of the race

Please click here to find out more about Havens Hospices and their amazing work that your entry fee will support.

  • On Site Parking
  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
  • Trade Stands
  • Family-friendly entertainment
The Course
Using a virtually flat route this accurately measured single lap course starts outside Shire Hall in Chelmsford City Centre and takes runners along the high street and through to Chelmer village and then onto Writtle College and the villages of Roxwell and Willingale before finishing in Central Park.

The race includes a large selection of water and aid stations located at 8 points around the course. There will be selected pacers on the course. Please note there is a cut off time of 8 hours for the event due to health and safety reasons.

First Aid
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JJ
Race Start: Shire Hall, City Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH

The Race HQ is in Central Park, which is less than half a mile away from Chelmsford Railway Station in the town centre. Shire Hall, the location of the race start is also a short walk from the station.

You can also access the race by bike and by car.

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