Runners limber up for Chelmsford Half Marathon

Mick Ferris

More than 2,000 runners will pound the pavements in March as they take on the Chelmsford Half Marathon.

The event will take place on Sunday, March 5 and there will be a half marathon (just over 13 miles), as well as a 10km and a 5km race for those who prefer to run shorter distances.

The routes will begin at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus, on Bishop Hall Lane, with staff from ARU’s Old Factory Gym leading the warm-ups. Runners will then travel through the city’s streets and take in some of the surrounding countryside, before finishing back at ARU.

A number of road closures will be in place during the event to ensure the safety of runners. These include Parkway, Essex Yeomanry Way and Chelmer Village Way.

The event is registered with UK Athletics, and first aid and security teams will be on hand, alongside approximately 100 event staff.

Peter Martin, race director, said: “We are delighted to be organising one of the largest public sporting events in Essex, alongside our headline partner Anglia Ruskin University.

As the event evolves and grows, we continue to inspire thousands to become active and develop opportunities to raise even more funds for charities.

“An exciting new addition to the event this year is an improved route, taking runners through the iconic Chelmsford Viaduct on Parkway, before continuing and running along the A1114, which is also closed to traffic.”

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Mick Ferris

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