• The Chelmsford Marathon October 2016

    Chelmsford marathon 26.2 mile challenge takes place on 23rd October 2016.

    The J's Hospice Chelmsford Marathon returns for its third year in 2016 to raise funds for young adults hospice care. Last year, the communities of Chelmsford and surrounding villages came out in their thousands to cheer and support the 800 runners, raising an amazing £65,000 for The J's Hospice.

    Using a virtually flat route this accurately measured single lap course starts outside Shire Hall in Chelmsford City Centre and takes runners along the high street and through to Chelmer village and then onto Writtle College and the villages of Roxwell and Willingale before finishing in Central Park.

    The Marathon is organised by The J's Hospice and managed on their behalf by Nice Work. The race is looking to attract runners of all abilities, from experienced athletes to those new to marathon running.

    All race proceeds go to The J's Hospice and runners are urged to raise sponsorship. The marathon is organised by The J’s Hospice for runners to raise the vital funds for young adult hospice care. 

    The J's Hospice provides enhanced care and support for young adults aged 16-40 across Essex with life limiting and life threatening conditions. They provide tailored nursing, respite and end of life care, advice and advocacy, emotional care, bereavement support and a range of activities for the young adult and their family in the comfort and security of their own home. You can view more about The J's Hospice on their website here.

    The race village will have toilets, baggage store, refreshments, trade stands and family friendly entertainment.

    The race includes a large selection of water and aid stations located at 8 points around the course.

    There will be selected pacers on the course.

    Prizes/trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male and Female; 1st in age categories from Vet 1 to Vet 8; 1st Male & Female affiliated team (3 to count).

    Please note there is a cut off time of 8 hours for the event due to health and safety reasons.

    Entry Details:

    Affiliated Runners- £38

    Unaffiliated Runners- £40

    Race HQ Location: Central Park, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JJ

    Race Start Location: Shire Hall, City Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH

    Date: Sunday 23rd October 2016

    Time: 9.00 am

    Entry fee includes: Bespoke medals; goody bags; chip timing and a bespoke Running T-shirt.

    To enter visit the Chelmsford marathon Official site.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Southend 10k Sunday October 2nd

    The Southend 10k returns to Southend seafront this weekend, on Sunday 2nd October.

    runner stretching

    The Southend 10K Classic is a flat, traffic free, out and back course along Southend seafront also incorporating a section on the wide footpaths of Gunners Park.

    The course is great for novices to find their feet with this flat course or for experienced athletes to go all out for Personal Bests.

    Over 1500 runners will descend on Southend's seafront this weekend for what promises to be a fast, competitive race.

    The 10k promises to be a great watch for spectators with enthusiastic marshals lining the course.

    Electronic tags are used to record results which are typically uploaded within 2 days. Medals are provided to all entrants upon finishing.

    Sundried will be attending the event, so watch out for our marquee.

    To enter visit : www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk/home/southend-10k/

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Southend Half Marathon 2016

    Southend’s premier running event, flat and traffic free. Ideal for a personal best.

    This year’s half marathon takes place on 12th June 2016. The 13.1 miles feature a  picturesque 2 lap, flat and traffic free route finishing along the Southend Coastline. It is ideal for both novice and experienced runners.

    This year is the 21st anniversary of the event which will see 3,000 runners take to the pathways of Southend. Starting and finishing at East Beach in Shoeburyness.

    Southend Half Marathon

    Venue Facilities

    The venue will be equipped with plenty of parking, toilets, sports therapists, activewear, refreshments, entertainment and a warm up and cool down area.

    Southend Half Marathon Sign Up

    Sign-up online at Havens.

    Southend Half Marathon Route Review

    The course features two laps and a flat course along the seafront.

    The double lapping makes it great for spectators to cheer on their loved ones at multiple stages throughout the course, as well as start and finish.

    The course is well marshalled with frequent water and sponge stations to keep runners hydrated.

    The route allows slower entrants to see the leading runners lap passed as they go to complete the route.

    With the wind on your side, this flat race is certain to help you achieve a personal best.

    Upon completion of the race runners receive a medal they can treasure… or promptly lose to one of their children.


    If you are looking at going for a personal best, head to the front of the race.

    Southend Half Marathon Charity

    The Southend Half Marathon is a charity event which raises money for Havens Hospices. When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their loved one’s illness, Havens Hospices can help, controlling pain and medication, supporting families, offering short breaks and caring for adults, babies, children and teenagers at the end of their lives. Haven’s specialist care is free – for as long as it is needed – within the home and at our two hospices, Fair Havens and Little Havens. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of the thousands of Havens Hospice supporters who donate time, money and goods to the charity, ‘Making every day count’ for those who need them.

    Southend Half marathon and Sundried

    Sundried will be attending the Southend half marathon to showcase our new ethical activewear collection, featuring men’s and women’s gym and running clothes, designed to perform pre, during and post workout.

    Southend Half Marathon Entry

    To enter the half marathon visit the link here:


    Tickets cost £22 with an extra £5 charge for entry on the day.

    Running a half marathon too far?

    Why not start working towards a 10k with our 10 weeks to 10k.

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Would you pay to run around your local park?

    A park in Stoke could charge you to go for a run.

    Every weekend for the past two years Stoke’s Parkrun has encouraged over 300 participants to complete either a free 5K timed run or a 3K kids fun run around Little Stoke Park.


    This weekend the run’s have been cancelled in fear of runners safety.

    Parkrun's ethos in the 850 runs it organises in 12 countries, is for the event to be free and open to everyone. However, Stoke Gifford Parish Council said it was "unfair" to expect non-running residents to pay for path maintenance and have suggested the runners pay for their park usage.

    The parish council said in a statement it: "cannot and will not stop people from using the parks for exercise and running but when it comes to an organisation with paid directors, fundraisers and sponsors it would be unfair to expect the residents to pay."

    Within hours of the news being released, the parish council faced oppression from celebrities such as world record holder Paula Radcliffe, double gold medalist Kelly Holmes, former tennis star and television presenter Sue Barker, the sports minister and the mayor of Bristol, as well as tens of thousands of the general public.

    Despite the outrage, the parish council stood by its statement, suggesting that Parkrun has become a victim of it’s own success. The chairman of the parish council, Ernest Brown, conceded it was not possible to evaluate the cost of the runners’ impact on the park, but said: “Three hundred feet pounding the paths every Saturday morning does cause extra wear.”

    "The parish council has only recently paid out £55,000 from public funds for resurfacing the car park and with the additional 300-plus runners per week, will shortly need to replace/repair the path at an estimated cost of £60,000, so as Parkrun are significant users of the path on a regular basis they should contribute towards the upkeep," they said.

    The UK is currently experiencing an epidemic of inactivity, with government figures showing the cost of physical inactivity to the UK taxpayer as £7.4 billion a year, with 48% of women and 37% of men failing to achieve the UK Chief Medical Officer's' recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

    Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer for Parkrun, said: “Parkrun has successfully moved nearly 60,000 previously inactive people into regular healthy activity. The key to this success has been a focus on removing barriers to event delivery as much as barriers to participation."

    In their latest statement Parkrun claim: “Following on from last night’s decision by Stoke Gifford Parish Council to impose a charge at Little Stoke Parkrun, we intend to appeal the decision and are investigating whether there is a legal basis to do so.”

    For more updates on the events visit: http://www.Parkrun.org.uk/news/

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • Garmin Forerunner 630 In Review

    What is said to be one of the hottest running watches the Garmin Forerunner 630 is currently in review. 

    The watch is lightweight, low profile and has a touch screen interface. Comes with a heart-rate monitor (chest strap) and links to their app store. We are looking forward to getting our teeth stuck into this one. 

    Garmin Forerunner 630 Currently In Review

    Visit our reviews section for the latest Garmin Reviews

    Posted by Daniel Puddick