Important Event Announcement – Chelmsford Marathon

Havens Hospices has made the decision to cancel the Chelmsford Marathon which was due to take place on Sunday 18th October 2020.

During the recent weeks, Havens Hospices has been watching events unfold closely and has come to this decision after many other major running events have been rescheduled to take place in October, making it a very busy month for charity sporting events.

The next Chelmsford Marathon will take place next year on Sunday 17th October 2021.

Judy Grocott, Voluntary Income Manager says, “We desperately wanted to go ahead with our 7th year of the Chelmsford Marathon as a lot of hard work and preparation had already gone into the race. The situation around Coronavirus is changing rapidly and we would rather avoid prolonged uncertainty to give our participants as much time as possible to reschedule their training plans.

“We have not taken this decision lightly as the Chelmsford Marathon raises thousands of pounds every year for our charity as well as the many other fundraising events which we have already postponed. In the meantime, we hope that our runners will look to other ways to still support our specialist hospice care and we hope to see you at next year’s Chelmsford Marathon!”

For those who have already registered for the Chelmsford Marathon, the place will be automatically transferred to next year’s event. Or, Havens Hospices is allowing participants to transfer to another event organised by the charity or transfer the entry to a friend.

Havens Hospices are also calling on the support of those runners who are taking part in other major marathon events, such as the London, Paris, Manchester or Amsterdam Marathons.  They would like to appeal to participants to consider joining ‘Team Havens’ and raise money for the charity. The charity offers a full support package for our ‘Team Havens’ runners, providing monthly group training runs, sports therapy sessions, a ‘Team Havens’ running vest and a group celebration event to share your success. Please contact Judy Grocott at for more information and to register. Any funds raised will be ‘Making every day count’ for the adults, babies, children and families they care for at Fair Havens, Little Havens and The J’s hospices.

Fancy another challenge or ticking something off your bucket list? Havens Hospices organise a number of ‘Challenge’ events throughout the year which help to raise vital funds for the hospice. To find out more, visit

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Chelmsford Marathon runners in 2019