Essex business running event returns this summer to support hospice

Essex businesses are invited to grab their running shoes and help raise vital funds for local hospice care.

Race4Business is a fun 5K race in Chelmsford which brings colleagues together for a social evening outside of the office. This established event is returning to the city on Wednesday 5th July at 6.30pm.

Race4Business has become a significant annual fixture in the business community calendar and raises money for Havens Hospices, which provides nursing and supportive care to babies, children and young people, and their families, across the county.

This will be the 24th year of the race, taking teams of businesses – sometimes in fancy dress or matching outfits – through Chelmsford’s Admirals Park and Central Park.

After participants have finished their run, food and drink stalls, music and entertainment will be available.

The mainly flat course has no minimum speed or standard of fitness required; participants can walk, jog or run making it suitable for all ages and abilities. To make things a bit more fun, there will also be prizes for the winning individuals and teams, adding a competitive and team-building element to the event.

It’s because of events like Race4Business that the charity can continue providing its specialist hospice care free of charge to local families when they have nowhere else to turn.

Rossella Inguscio, Corporate Fundraiser at Havens Hospices said: “Year on year we are blown away by the support from local businesses who turn out to support Havens Hospices at Race4Business.

“We must raise more than £85,000 a week to be there for everyone who needs us during the most difficult times, and it’s thanks to the support from local businesses we can make this happen.

“We’d love to see as many of you as possible from businesses across Essex and London. You don’t have to be an experienced runner to take part, it’s all about having some fun on the day, all in support of a great cause.”

This year’s Race4Business event is kindly sponsored by businesses Fiserv, Aviary Developments, Birketts, Gallagher, Kingswood Group, Rickard Luckin and Tangent International.

It’s £22 per person to take part and to register a team please visit

Published 1st March 2023

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People running through Central Park in Chelmsford just past the railway bridge