Clear your diary – the Chelmsford Marathon is back for 2015! Following the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural marathon, The J’s Hospice has announced the 2015 Chelmsford Marathon will take place on Sunday 18th October.
There will be a new and improved route, which sees runners set off from iconic Shire Hall and continue directly down the High Street.
In 2014 residents of Chelmsford and the surrounding area came out in their thousands to cheer on and support the 1,000 plus participants running through the beautiful Essex parklands and raising an amazing £100,000 for The J’s Hospice, which provides extensive at-home care and support for young adults aged 16-40 with life limiting conditions across Essex.
This year’s race, which aims to raise £120,000 for The J’s Hospice patients, is proudly sponsored by Beaulieu, the new residential development by Countryside and L&Q in Chelmsford, which is also sponsoring the Pedal for J’s Hospice fundraising event on 3rd May.
The Chelmsford Marathon will be open for registrations from 27th March, and The J’s Hospice is anticipating a lot of demand for the limited number of places. Registration fees for the event cover the administration, medal, technical, T-shirt and refreshment costs only - all sponsorship raised will benefit the young adult patients of The J’s – giving them the opportunity to live full lives with their families for as long as possible.
Stuart Hornsby, Chief Executive at The J’s Hospice, comments: “We were overwhelmed with the popularity of our first ever marathon, and we couldn’t ignore the demand and the opportunity to host another one this year. It’s great to know that the local community want to support us, and we hope that we can make this year’s marathon bigger and better than last year. We are thrilled that Beaulieu has extended its support as our sponsor for the Marathon, as well as the Pedal for The J’s.”
Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside, said: “We are delighted to announce Beaulieu’s sponsorship of the second Chelmsford Marathon, and are looking forward to continuing our support of The J’s Hospice to encourage local residents to get involved in this fantastic community event and raise vital funds to support the valuable work of the team at The J’s Hospice.”
The J’s Hospice provides a much-needed ‘hospice at home’ service for young adults throughout Essex, after they outgrow children’s services and need age-appropriate care and support. Due to improvements in medical care and technology, the population of young adults with life limiting conditions is growing, and The J’s Hospice ensures quality of life for patients and their families. The specialist team provides hospice, medical, nursing and respite care, as well as offering emotional and bereavement support.
Registration for the 2015 Chelmsford Marathon opens on 27th March, but places are limited so keen runners need to be quick! Entry is priced from £38, and this year’s event promises to be as memorable as the last!
Visit chelmsfordmarathon.org.uk for more information and to register to take part.
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