One thousand lucky runners will be pounding the streets of Southend next year in the first marathon the town has seen for years.
Havens Hospices will be bringing the marathon back to the area in 2017 but runners will have to make a sprint for places as it’s only open to the first 1,000 people.
On Sunday 12th March 2017 the lucky 1,000 will take in Southend’s coastline and the longest pier in the world on the mainly flat and traffic free route from Shoeburyness to Chalkwell.
The event will be the first in a series of Run to Remember events taking place throughout the year, organised by the charity which cares for seriously ill children and adults at its two hospices Little Havens and Fair Havens.
Havens Hospices Events Manager, Judy Grocott, said, “We have been working towards holding our first Southend Marathon for a while now and now we’re asking people to become ‘one in a thousand’ who take on the challenge.
“Each year our Southend Half Marathon has got bigger and bigger and running is now so popular we wanted to give people the chance to run a full marathon right on their doorstep and seeing the best of what Southend has to offer.
“Training for a marathon is no easy task so hopefully people will sign up early and get their training underway ready for 12th March next year, and be ‘one in a thousand’!”
For more information on the Southend Marathon or to sign up visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/southendmarathon or use the hashtag #oneina1000 to join in the conversation online.