The Chelmsford Marathon will return for its seventh year in October in aid of Havens Hospices and will be taking place on Sunday 17 October 2021. The event raises vital funds for Havens Hospices, an Essex wide charity that provides palliative nursing and supportive care to children and adults living with complex or incurable conditions.  

The popular Essex running event has an exciting new addition this year of a half marathon option, for those wanting to run a shorter route. Both the 26.2 mile and 13 mile routes will take runners from the start line at Shire Hall at the top of Chelmsford High Street, out through the surrounding countryside and pretty villages of Essex and then across the finish line in Central Park.   

Every mile will truly make a difference for every child, young person, adult and family that Havens Hospices care for across Essex.

Jane Hopkins, Area Team Leader at Havens Hospices is looking forward to this year’s event after a tough year of fundraising for the charity which had to cancel and postpone all its usual public fundraising events last year.  

 She said, “These past 18 months have been very different for Havens Hospices as we have tried to adapt our services around the pandemic. We are really excited for this upcoming fundraiser – which will be one of our first mass participation events since the Coronavirus outbreak – with the exciting addition of a half marathon route, so we can continue to raise vital funds for our hospice care across Essex.  

 “We can’t wait to be there on the day cheering everyone on and showing our support. This is one of the biggest events in the Essex race calendar and usually attracts over 1,000 participants each year.  We would like also like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors Beaulieu Chelmsford because without their support this event would not be possible, and of course to every runner who has signed up so far.”

Online registration is now open for the Chelmsford Marathon and the Chelmsford Marathon Half route.

Visit to sign up.

Above: People running the marathon

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.

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