Runners with medal at finish line

Event
Information

Start and Finish

East Beach, Shoeburyness SS3 9AD

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Entry Fees

Online entry fees until 1st June 2025.

Advanced entry fees - £34 for affiliated runners and £36 for non-affiliated.

Click here to sign up

Event Timings

Arrival for pre-signed-up participants – 07:30 – 08:45
Wheelchair safety briefing – 08:40
Wheelchair start – 08:45
Main race safety briefing – 08:50
Main race start – 09:00 prompt

There are three voluntary start-wave pens. Runners will assemble in the start pen with their anticipated finish time (under 1 hour 30 minutes, under 2 hours, 2 hours and over). The start waves will set off at two-minute intervals.

We are very grateful to our volunteer pacers who will be supporting runners to finish times of 1hr 30m, 1hr 45m, 2hrs, 2hrs 15m, 2hrs 30m. Look out for their sail banners at the start line.

Car Parking and Travel

There is ample parking onsite (parking charges apply, and can be paid via the Mobon app). Access is via Blackgate Road which will be fully signed along the approach to the venue. We suggest that runners allow plenty of time to arrive at the venue as the approach to the car park gets heavily congested. Once on-site runners will need to follow the car park marshals’ instructions. For those being dropped off by car there is a designated “drop off” point on the approach to the car park.

Shoeburyness station is just a five-minute walk from the start line and is the recommended method of transport. Shoeburyness is on the C2C line. Anyone travelling by train should check for any proposed engineering works before they travel.

For runners using the bus to Shoeburyness the bus routes are 1, 4a, 7, 8, 9 and 14.

Runners Village and Facilities

The Runners Village is located between the onsite car park and the start/finish line.

Within the Runners Village will be the registration tent, a free baggage store, changing facilities, sports therapists (charges apply), running-related retailers and refreshments to purchase.

Pre-and post-race massage - Qualified sports therapists will be offering massage and treatment sessions for a small fee.

Toilets - There are plenty of toilets – two purpose-built unisex toilet blocks at the Runners Village and halfway along the car park. There will also be additional portaloos at both locations, including two disabled-accessible portaloos.

There is also a designated Meet & Greet area where runners can meet friends and family after the race.

Registration

For runners who have pre-registered and have received their race number (which includes an integrated timing chip) there is no need to report to the registration tent. 

Refreshments

Hot and cold refreshments will be available to purchase in the Runners Village.

Toilet Facilities

There are ample toilets on site, which can be found in two locations;

  • Purpose built toilet block 1 (located half way adjacent to the car park) where there will also be additional portaloos.
  • Purpose built toilet block 2 (located adjacent to the start line, behind the marquees in the Runners Village) where additional portaloos and urinals are also provided.

We ask runners to respect our neighbours and NOT to urinate in the bushes adjacent to the car park; there are ample toilet facilities for all runners. Any runner seen urinating in the bushes will be removed from the event.

There are three public toilet blocks along the route.

Medical Support

Although the organisers accept no responsibility for any injuries, a full medical team will be in attendance. The route is marshalled at regular intervals, and marshals will summon medical assistance on the route if required.

Hydration

There are ten opportunities to take on water along the route. Dehydration can cause tiredness and be a risk to health. Water will be provided in cups along the route. Bottled water will be available at the finish. All cups and bottles will be collected after the event for recycling.

Race Numbers and Chip Timing

Your race pack will be posted to you shortly before the big day. The pack includes your race number with an integrated timing chip and a baggage label. Please ensure that you fill out the information on the reverse of your race number before attaching it to the front of your top.

Runners MUST NOT give their race number to another runner without written consent from the race organisers.

Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip which is integrated into your race bib. Results will be uploaded to https://www.frsystems.co.uk/results/ as soon as possible after the race, a link will also be posted on the event’s dedicated Facebook page.

Headphones

We strongly urge runners not to wear headphones for this event.

Although the roads are closed to traffic there are occasions when vehicles have to be given access to the course. Wheelchair athletes are also taking part on the day and may be travelling a lot faster than runners. It is imperative that runners can hear marshal instructions as well as approaching wheelchairs.

Photos On The Day

We have a number of volunteer photographers who will be taking pictures at the start finish area and along the route. Their photos will be added to our social media pages after the event. Feel free to tag yourselves.

Pictures/filming taken during the event may be used by Havens Hospices to promote the work the charity does in the future. If you would not like your pictures to be used please email southendhalf@havenshospices.org.uk

Results

Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip which is integrated in your race bib. Results will be uploaded to https://www.frsystems.co.uk/results/ as soon as possible after the race, a link will also be posted on the event’s dedicated Facebook page.

Course Records

Both the Men and Women’s course records were set in 2011

Paul Martelletti                   Victoria Park Harriers                       01:07:56

Samantha Amend             Belgrave Harriers                                01:20:10

Fundraising

Havens Hospices provides specialist care and support for people of all ages who are living with incurable conditions and their families. 

Our specialist team offers a wide range of care and support options for patients and their loved ones, based on their needs and wishes. This can be in the comfort of their own home, in the hospices – Fair Havens for adults or Little Havens for children - or a combination.  

Our care and support includes everyone, extending to partners, family and friends to make sure the right support is there for patients and the people who matter to them, where and when they need it. 

This care is provided absolutely free of charge. 

Your Southend Half Marathon entry fee helps cover the costs of organizing this event so if you are able to set up a JustGiving page and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you it would be greatly appreciated by our care teams and the families we care for.

Set up a JustGiving Page.

UK Athletics Licence Number

Licence number: TBC

 

Thank you to our supporters, Flyers Southend, Southend Borough Council and Essex Police as well as our huge team of volunteers who enable us to put on this event.

FAQs

You can sign up online until 1st June 2025 by clicking here. You can sign up on the day between 7:30 - 8:15 at the registration tent for an additional cost. 

This year you won’t be able sign up on the day due to the event being sold out, so to guarantee your place sign up online.

Due to an increasing amount of deferrals and the impact on our administration, we are unable to offer a deferral of entries to next year's race. Your entry fee has been used to pay for medals, suppliers, equipment, medical cover, security, traffic management, administration etc, well in advance of race day. If deferrals were enabled, those fees would still need to be paid again next year, but without the revenue income, so the event wouldn’t be sustainable. Deferrals have not been possible since 2024.

Entry fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.

For health and safety reasons, transfers are not permitted without written consent from the race organisers. Should you wish to transfer your place to another runner this must be requested by email to llock@havenshospices.org.uk for consideration prior to 8th May 2025. No transfers will be permitted after this date.

We strongly urge runners not to wear headphones during the race. Although the roads are closed to traffic there are occasions when vehicles have to be given access to the course and it’s important that runners can hear marshal instructions.

Yes with the assistance of a guide.

For health and safety ordinarily buggies and assisted wheelchairs are prohibited, please contact the race organiser - southendhalf@havenshospices.org.uk

Sorry, no dogs are permitted on the course.

Water soaked sponges are no longer provided on the course.

No, the water stations supply water only. If you wish to use gels or other supplements on the day please bring them with you.

As soon as possible after the race. A link to the full results will be posted on our social media together with photographs of the event.

On the day we will have a small supply of t-shirts available to purchase on a first-come, first serve basis; every finisher will receive a bespoke medal.

The whole course is accessible to spectators, please see the route map 

There is ample onsite parking (parking charges apply and can be paid via the Mobon app). However, there is only one entry point that does become congested so please arrive in plenty of time as the start will not be delayed under any circumstances.

Yes, there is a free baggage marquee in the Runners Village. Please ensure that you attach your baggage ticket (sent with your race pack) to your bag.

There are numerous hotels and Bed & Breakfasts along the seafront including The Camelia Hotel, The Roslin Hotel, Suenos, the Premier Inn

C2C Shoeburyness station is less than 5 minutes walk from the start line.

The race safety brief takes place on the start line at 08:55 with the race starting promptly at 09:00. If you have received your race bib (with integrated timing chip) you can proceed straight to the start line. Please allow time to park, drop off your bag and use the facilities bearing in mind queues may be long immediately before the race.

No, as long as you have your race bib you may proceed straight to the start line.

Yes, there will be various vendors at the at the Runners Village where you can purchase refreshments after the race.

Sorry, there is no Fun Run this year just the half marathon.