Runners from across the country will be heading to Chelmsford on Sunday 21st October to take part in the 2018 Chelmsford Marathon.
It is the fifth year of this major sporting event which raises thousands of pounds for The J’s Hospice charity.
The 26.2 mile single lap course of road running and tarmac paths starts outside Shire Hall in the High Street before heading out through Chelmsford and nearby villages and then returning to the city to cross the finishing line in Central Park. Since it began in in 2014, 4,583 people have signed up to run 120,075 miles - which is the equivalent of running around the UK about 10 times!
Last year 875 runners registered - with one travelling from Mexico City to take part – and the event raised around £60,000 for The J’s Hospice which supports young adults with life-limiting conditions across Essex.
This year, organisers at the charity hope to see 1,000 people at the start line in October to raise even more and are delighted that Toppesfield, the UK’s largest national independent surfacing company, is kindly sponsoring the event.
Lucy Burgess, The J’s Events Fundraiser, explained:
“The Chelmsford Marathon is a really popular event that appeals to elite athletes as well as those new to distance running. The feedback we get from the runners each year is fantastic: they love the course, the friendly atmosphere and the enthusiastic marshals cheering them on!
“The money raised helps to pay for the enhanced care that our young adults and their families really rely on including tailored specialist nursing and respite in the comfort of their own homes as well as advice, end of life care and bereavement support. We are very grateful to the runners who collect sponsor money for The J’s Hospice and to our friends at Toppesfield for their generous support.”
Matthew Pryor, from Witham, is the Managing Director of Toppesfield and a keen supporter of The J’s Hospice. He invited some of The J’s Events Fundraisers and mascot Dynamo along the A12 - which Toppesfield has resurfaced - to the company’s head office in Claydon, Suffolk to meet his team.
“We are delighted to support such a fantastic event in the running calendar, one that touches the lives of so many.”
His team are giving the Chelmsford Marathon their full support with seven members of Toppesfield staff, including Matthew, taking part.
Registration for The J’s Hospice 2018 Chelmsford Marathon is open now - click here to sign up.
Anyone wanting to volunteer at the Marathon should email Lucy or call 01245 475474.