Chelmsford marathon returns to city with 3k run

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IN October, an Essex-wide hospice charity will be bringing its Marathon back to Chelmsford.

The Chelmsford Marathon is returning to the city for its sixth successful year on Sunday 20th October, raising vital funds for The J’s Hospice, the only charity in Essex that supports young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families in their own homes and in the community.

Event organisers from The J’s are hoping more than 800 runners will join them for the 26.2-mile route that will take them from the start line at Shire Hall on the High Street, out through the surrounding countryside and pretty villages of Essex and then across the finish line in Central Park.

Over the past five years the Chelmsford Marathon has begun to be more widely recognised in the running world and last year’s event attracted athletes from as far afield as Dorset, Lancashire, Pembrokeshire and Yorkshire as well as China, Taiwan and South Africa.

This year also sees the very first Chelmsford 3K Family Fun Run through Central Park which is open to all ages and abilities. The route is accessible for dogs, prams and wheelchair users and every participant will receive a medal as they cross the finish line.

Lucy Burgess, Events Fundraiser for The J’s Hospice, explained, “The Chelmsford Marathon has become such a popular event locally, nationally and even internationally so we’re excited to bring it back again this year. It is always a fantastic day and the new 3K means that everyone can be part of it – whether you want to walk, jog or run.

“The J’s Hospice must raise over £19,000 every week to be there for every young person who needs our care. We provide a range of services including tailored nursing and emotional care, advice and social activities to help them live their lives to the full, however short.

The money raised by runners at this year’s Marathon and 3K Family Fun Run will help The J’s to continue ‘Making every day count’ for as long as we are needed, so please sign up online now.”

The J’s Hospice is very grateful to professional services firm, Aon, which has kindly agreed to sponsor this event.

Jas Ram, Aon’s Head of Office for London and Chelmsford, said: “Aon is thrilled to be given the opportunity to sponsor the Chelmsford Marathon for a second year running and the new 3K Family Fun Run. We are committed to supporting the local area and, most importantly, the crucial service that The J’s Hospice provides.

It’s events like this that raise awareness of the charity’s profile and the important role it plays in the community. Running a marathon takes an immense amount of physical and mental determination but can be a fantastically rewarding experience, especially when you are running for a charity that is close to your heart. I would like to wish every runner the best of luck on the day.”

Last year, Aon entered a team of runners and more are in training to take part this year. Lauren O’Driscoll, Marketing Events Executive at Aon’s Chelmsford office added, “We have had quite a few sign ups from our Aon colleagues and we plan on giving them as much support as possible on the day.

“We look forward to cheering our colleagues over the finish line for both the Marathon and the 3K.”

Online registration is now open for both the Chelmsford Marathon and the 3K Family Fun Run at www.havenshospices.org.uk

The J’s Hospice is part of Havens Hospices, which also includes Little Havens Hospice and Fair Havens Hospice. To find out more, visit

www.havenshospices.org.uk

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