Havens Hospices has announced that the Run to Remember Marathon on 12th March is to be postponed.
Andy Smith, Chief Executive for Havens Hospices commented:
“We have been planning to bring a Marathon back to Southend now for many years. As a charity, we have a long reputation for organising fun, safe and popular fundraising events celebrating Southend and its beautiful landmarks and coastline; including the Southend Half Marathon which attracts around 2,000 runners every year.
“Co-ordinating this type of event is a huge task, and we have worked closely with Southend Borough Council’s Traffic Management, and also the Safety Advisory Group, which is made up of representatives of The Council, Emergency Services, Businesses and other relevant bodies with an interest in protecting public safety, to develop a comprehensive risk assessment to ensure a Marathon could be delivered safely. In order to ensure the safety of the runners, this risk assessment identified the need for some of the roads along a portion of the seafront to be closed during the morning of the race, a rolling re-opening from lunchtime. Whilst there is precedent for road closures, the Council feels unable to allow this on this occasion. We therefore have no choice but to postpone the Marathon for this year. This is very disappointing, but we are already working with the Council on an alternative plan for a Marathon in 2018.
“We are grateful to each and every supporter who signed up to run the Southend Marathon. They will all be contacted and offered a full refund, or a chance to transfer to another event, such as the Southend Half Marathon on 9th July, 2017. We are hugely sorry to those who were looking forward to the Marathon, and we hope to welcome them past the finishing line next year.”
Judy Grocott, Events Manager Havens Hospices,
“We have built amazing relationships with many of the runners as they kept us up to date with training .We are truly sorry that we have had to postpone this event so close to the day and we feel awful that our runners will not get to complete the race they’ve been training for. We are in awe by all of the amazing runners who have dedicated themselves to this event and we really want to thank you for your dedication and support.”
The Run to Remember Marathon aims to build on successes of other regional runs, like the Brighton Marathon which attracts over 11,000 runners and 150,000 spectators; attracting tourists and generating business for the town, as well as supporting a local charity. Havens Hospices cares for hundreds of local families and relies on the kindness and generosity of the local community to fund this care.