best foot forward, one month to go until the chelmsford marathon

26 September 2017

On Sunday 22nd October, over a thousand runners will take part in the 4th annual Chelmsford Marathon and 2nd annual Chelmsford 5K raising vital funds for The J’s Hospice.

The date is particularly poignant for Tim Ballard who will be running on the day. Originally from Chelmsford, Tim, 33, from Manningtree will be running his first marathon on what would have been his father, Michael’s birthday and also the seventh anniversary of Michael’s death.

Tim, a member of the Great Bentley Running Club, said,

“I only started running last year and have done a few long-distance races, but never a marathon. I was looking for my next challenge and wanted to do a local marathon; so when I heard about the Chelmsford event it sounded perfect. Then when I found out the date, I had to do it, because it’s my dad’s birthday. My dad died on his birthday in 2010 and I’ve always wanted to do something in his memory, but had never found anything that felt quite right; the Chelmsford Marathon was the event I’d been looking for.

“Mum and Dad moved to the Chelmsford area after they got married; Dad joined Marconi Radar in 1973 and worked there for 32 years, eventually retiring in 2005 as a Quality Assurance Manager. He loved working and living in Chelmsford so it is definitely apt to be running through the city we all called home for so long. It certainly will be a run-down ‘memory lane’ on the day!”

Tim’s wife Holly and two daughters – Amelia, 5, and Imogen, 2 - will be joined by Tim’s brother Paul to cheer him on as he takes on the 26.2 mile route from Shire Hall in the High Street, through Chelmsford and nearby villages to Central Park.

Tim is raising vital funds for The J’s Hospice which supports young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex, in their homes and the community.

He commented

“I normally run for myself and for the sake of running, but because it is a challenge and it is so significant to me I thought I would like to do it for charity. My generation within my family including my wife are from a caring or pastoral background – so the work The J’s does for young adults across the county struck a chord with me. I wanted to help them continue providing vital care and support to members of my local community especially as I am within the age bracket of the adults they work with.”

Erika Patterson, Events Fundraiser for The J’s Hospice, said

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the Marathon back to Chelmsford for its fourth year. We’ve also have the Chelmsford  5K on the same day which people can walk, jog or run , so it’s the perfect event for anyone new to exercise or looking for a personal best over a shorter distance.

“The J’s Hospice can only exist because of the kindness of supporters like Tim, who take part in our events and fundraise for us. By signing up and getting sponsored or making a donation, all the runners and their supporters helping The J’s provide the specialist nursing and emotional care, advice and support that makes every day count for the young adults that we care for.”

To sign up for the Chelmsford Marathon or the Chelmsford 5K please visit - online registration closes on 21st October, but you can sign up on the day at the registration station in Central Park, Chelmsford from 7.30am for both the Marathon and 5K

To sponsor Tim please visit

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