Chelmsford Marathon returns this Autumn with new Half Marathon option

The Chelmsford Marathon will return for its seventh year in October in aid of Havens Hospices with the new addition of a half marathon route.

The event will take place on Sunday 17th October 2021 after the charity was forced to postpone last year’s race due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s event will be manged by race management company Nice Work, but the event will still be raising vital funds for Havens Hospices, an Essex wide charity that provides palliative nursing and supportive care to children and adults living with complex or incurable conditions.

This year’s event has an exciting new addition of a half marathon option, for those wanting to run a shorter route.

Both the 26.2 mile and 13 mile routes will take runners from the start line at Shire Hall on the High Street, out through the surrounding countryside and pretty villages of Essex and then across the finish line in Central Park.

Jane Hopkins, Area Team Leader at Havens Hospices is looking forward to this year’s event after a tough year of fundraising for the charity which had to cancel and postpone all its usual public fundraising events last year.

She said, “These past 10 months have been very different for Havens Hospices as we have tried to adapt our services around the pandemic.  As demand for our care increased, we experienced a decrease of around 41% in our fundraising income. We are really looking forward to continuing to put on events like the Chelmsford Marathon with the exciting addition of a half marathon route, so we can continue to raise vital funds for our hospice care across Essex.

“Although we aren’t managing the event this year, we will still be there on the day cheering everyone on and showing our support. So, why not set yourself a new challenge for 2021 and take part? This is one of the biggest events in the Essex race calendar. Every mile will be truly ‘Making every day count’ for every child, young person, adult and family we care for across Essex.”

Online registration is now open for the Chelmsford Marathon and the Chelmsford Marathon Half route. To sign up please visit

Published 28th January 2021

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