Lace up for a local cause – Southend Half Marathon returns to the seafront next month

Southend’s premier running event - which raises thousands of pounds for Havens Hospices - is set to return to the seafront next month.

Registration is still open for the Southend Half Marathon, sponsored by Utilize Plc, taking place on Sunday 9th June 2024. The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at East Beach, Shoeburyness.  


Havens Hospices, the organisers of the event, are also looking for marshals to volunteer their time on the day.  


Every person who registers or volunteers will be supporting the local charity which cares for local children, young people and adults living with incurable conditions.  


Its free specialist care and support is there for families as long as it’s needed but can only continue thanks to people’s donations, such as those raised through events like the Southend Half Marathon.  


Last year’s event raised close to £100,000 and the charity hopes even more funds can be raised this year at its flagship event with its new ‘Havens Hero’ ticket option. This ticket includes a donation to cover the cost of half an hour of care at either hospice for a patient.  


Lucy Lock, organiser of the event at Havens Hospices said: “The Southend Half Marathon is the city’s biggest running event and we have over two thousand supporters signed up to race so far. 


“Whether you’re running for fun, to remember a loved one or to achieve a personal best, every mile will be making such a difference to all the families we care for.  


“The demand for our care is ever-increasing, so we need 2024 to be our biggest and best fundraiser to date. Everyone living with a complex or incurable condition deserves the best possible care throughout their whole life’s journey and events like the Southend Half Marathon ensure this support and specialist care continues for everybody in our community.” 


Those taking part will receive a Southend Half Marathon 2024 medal to celebrate their achievement. Online bookings close at 9am on 3rd June 2024, but participants can still register on the day.  


For more information and to sign up, visit  


To enquire about volunteering on the day, please email  

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