Running in Essex


Essex is a great place for running – mostly flat, lovely countryside, a lovely coast and a decent transport system (yes really).

One half of team Essex Days out did quite a bit of running back in the day (we’re talking decades ago…) including the Colchester Half Marathon (which did include some hills) and he did it in under 2hrs, not bad for a Big Lad :

Here’s a calendar of the 2024 marathons, and half marathons : (more to be added)


Runners of Brightlingsea Winterfest 10k
Millenium Park, Promenade Way, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0HH
Sunday 25th February 2024, 9am
“A free social, group 10km run along the old railway line, hosted by the Runners of Brightlingsea.”
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St Helena Hospice Hero Run 2k 5k 10k
Colchester Sports Park, Cuckoo Farm Way Colchester CO4 5YX
Sunday 3rd March 2024, 10am
“Dress up as your hero and join our mascot Saunders for the 2km family fun run, or race 5km or 10km to support St Helena Hospice.2
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Chelmsford Half Marathon
Sunday 3rd March 2024
“Starting in Chelmsford city centre and finishing on the iconic campus of Anglia Ruskin University, the course route is on closed roads, passing some of the major landmarks in Chelmsford. Major road closures will be in place for a traffic free course”
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Colchester Half Marathon 2024
Sunday 17th March 2024
“Starting and finishing at the JobServe Community Stadium – the route will take you past some of Colchester’s iconic landmarks! Thousands of people line the streets to cheer you on as you run through the City centre, and out into the scenic country lanes surrounding Colchester!”
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2024 Bakers Brentwood Half Marathon
Sunday 24th March 2024
Chip timing, medal for all finishers, free download of official event photos, undercover baggage facilities, pacemakers, all proceeds go to charity, commemorative t-shirts for purchase, gently undulating but fast course through the Essex countryside. Last entry date : 18th March.
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St Clare Hospice 10k
Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood CM17 9JX
Sunday 7th April 2024, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
“Once completing this UK Athletics Affiliated race, you will not only receive a finisher’s medal but you’ll also leave with a huge grin on your face after helping raise vital funding for your local hospice.”
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Rural Ramble & Trail Run
Hatfield Place, Hatfield Peverel
Sunday 14th April 2024
“This is a unique event whereby all guests have the opportunity to choose from 4 distances whereby they can enjoy a beautiful walk or trail run amongst the stunning Essex countryside.”
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Colchester Stampede 10k
Colchester Zoo
Sunday 28th April 2024
“The race will start in the heart of the Zoo with animals either side of you as you set off. The course will run through the Zoo before heading out onto the surrounding closed roads before finishing back inside the Zoo! Fee includes entrance to the zoo.”
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Southend Half Marathon
East Beach, Shoeburyness, SS3 9AD
Sunday 9th June 2024, 8am
“Our 13.1 mile coastal course is fast, flat and traffic free making it ideal for those looking for a PB.”
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