The event will take runners along the seafront, which is mainly flat and will be traffic free making it ideal for runners and wheelchair athletes looking to get a personal best. It is also a great route for anyone who has made running or fitness resolutions for 2019 or runners who are looking to increase the distance they run.
Running Influencer, Chris Ford, 39 originally from Shoeburyness is heading back to his hometown from Hertfordshire to take part in the race.
“When I set up Fordy Runs in 2017 having fallen in love with running, the aim was to build and inspire a running community across the country; so I always come back for the Southend Half Marathon because it is all about community – it is open to runners of all abilities, the course is fun to run and the money raised from the day is doing good.”
Chris is currently creating his Southend Half Marathon Training Plan, which will be shared on his Fordy Runs blog, and he will also be posting regular training vlog updates on his YouTube channel. Chris’s training plan will also be available on the Havens Hospices website and social media channels for anyone who wants to take part in the race but isn’t sure where to start.
“Many of the runners that join me at races aren’t necessarily elites, but they just love running, this is what it is all about for me. It’s why I wanted to create a positive running experience and community for everyone in the first place.
“It can be a bit daunting when you first start running longer distances; so, when I signed up this year, I thought I’d share my training plan to hopefully inspire other people to sign up and start running. You don’t have to be an athlete to do this run and by taking part you’ll be helping a charity care for those when they really need them.”
On the day, families can also get involved with the 3km family fun run which is perfect for all ages and abilities. The fun run which is £5 (under five’s go free) is perfect for any family or friends who are coming on the day to support someone running the half marathon as you’ll be back in plenty of time to see them cross the line.
The charity which includes Fair Havens Hospice, Little Havens Hospice and The J’s Hospice, cares for children, young people and adults with life-limiting illnesses from across Essex. This free, specialised care is there for as long as it’s needed, within the home and at the charity’s two hospices, but can only continue thanks to people’s kind donations and sponsorship, such as those raised through events like the Southend Half Marathon.
Jane Hopkins, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said
“We’re really happy to once again bring the half marathon back to Southend for its 24th year. Whether you’re running for fun, to remember a loved one or to achieve a personal best, every mile you run will be ‘Making every day count.’
“Last year, we were joined by over 2000 runners which was the biggest turnout yet – we’re really hoping to smash that record this year; so, we’re excited to have Chris’s support and we’re looking forward to seeing his weekly Fordy Runs updates.”
Registration will be open until Friday 31st May, affiliated runners who register before registration closes pay £21, non-affiliated runners and wheelchair athletes will pay £23. Runners can sign up on the day, but there will be an additional £5 charge.
For more information or to sign up please click here [http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/southendhalf] or call Jane on 01702 221658.