Race Listing for Essex

Date Event Location Results
18 Aug 2019 Stanford le Hope Community 5K & 10K Trail RunThameside Nature Park, Standford-Le-Hope
29 Sep 2019 One Tree Hell 10KLangdon Visitor Centre, BasildonResults
17 Nov 2019 Chelmsford 10KMelbourne Park, ChelmsfordResults
15 Dec 2019 Dawn to Dusk Sunlight Ultra, Marathon & 22KTeresa Gavin House, Woodford Green
31 Dec 2019 Flitch Way Marathon New Year's EveGreat Notley Country Park, BraintreeResults
01 Jan 2020 Flitch Way Marathon New Year's DayGreat Notley Country Park, BraintreeResults
05 Jan 2020 East Hanningfield Trail MarathonVillage Hall, East HanningfieldResults
19 Jan 2020 Benfleet 15Hadleigh Country Park, HadleighResults
25 Jan 2020 Phoenix Pick n Mix Race To The BlingWhoosh Canoe Club, SawbridgeworthResults
26 Jan 2020 Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10KHadleigh Country Park, BenfleetResults
02 Feb 2020 Great Bentley Half MarathonVillage Hall, Great Bentley
16 Feb 2020 Test Track 10 MileFord Motor Company, Basildon
01 Mar 2020 Essex 20Vaughan Close, RochfordResults
08 Mar 2020 Roding Valley Half MarathonAshton Playing Fields, Woodford GreenResults
15 Mar 2020 Brentwood Half Marathon & Fun RunSawyers Hall College, BrentwoodResults
22 Mar 2020 Colchester 15Langham Community Centre, Colchester
29 Mar 2020 Colchester Half MarathonJobserve Stadium, Colchester
05 Apr 2020 Mayflower 400 Harwich Half MarathonBeach Road, Harwich
05 Apr 2020 Resolution Run ChelmsfordCentral Park, Chelmsford
19 Apr 2020 Harwich Runners Little Bromley 10KLittle Bromley Church, Little Bromley
03 May 2020 Roach Valley Way Charity RelayRochford Town Square, Rochford
03 May 2020 Witham Running Club May Day 10Rugby Club, Witham
10 May 2020 Halstead & Essex MarathonHalstead Leisure Centre, Halstead
10 May 2020 Rochford 10KAshingdon Primary Academy, Rockford
10 May 2020 Colchester 10KAbbey Fields, Colchester
10 May 2020 Ashdon 10K & 3KAshdon Primary School, Saffron Walden
10 May 2020 Bluebell 5Deanes School Sports Centre, Benfleet
17 May 2020 Braintree 5Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford
24 May 2020 High Easter 10KThe Village Hall, High Easter
07 Jun 2020 Stour Valley Marathon & Half MarathonNayland Village Hall, Colchester
07 Jun 2020 Thames Chase 10KThe Forest Centre, Upminster
14 Jun 2020 Southend Half MarathonEast Beach, Shoeburyness
14 Jun 2020 Boxted 5K & 10KBoxted St. Peter's School, Boxted
20 Jun 2020 HARP 24Westcliff Rugby Club, Southend-on-Sea
27 Jun 2020 Colour 5K ColchesterArdleigh Showground, Colchester
28 Jun 2020 Mersea Island Round the Island Race 13.1MWest Mersea, Colchester
28 Jun 2020 Steeple Bumpstead 10KSteeple Bumpstead Village Hall, Steeple Bumpstead
28 Jun 2020 Horndon 10K-, Horndon on the Hill
05 Jul 2020 Brentwood 10KBlackmore Village Hall, Blackmore
10 Jul 2020 Brantham Friday FiveNew Village, Brantham, Mannigtree
12 Jul 2020 Felsted 10KFelsted Primary School, Felsted
15 Jul 2020 Skylarks 3K JulyThe Wick Country Park, Wickford
18 Jul 2020 West Bergholt 5Orpen Memorial Hall, West Bergholt
04 Aug 2020 Harwich 5K Series Race 1Harwich Rugby Club, Harwich
16 Aug 2020 Clacton Half Marathon & 10KSeafront, , Essex, Clacton-on-Sea
18 Aug 2020 Harwich 5K Series Race 2Harwich Rugby Club, Harwich
31 Aug 2020 Barking Road Runners Phipps 5K Elvis Race 7Barking Park, Barking
01 Sep 2020 Harwich 5K Series Race 3Harwich Rugby Club, Harwich
06 Sep 2020 Harlow 5 & 10 Mile Road RaceHarlow's Old Helipad, Harlow
12 Sep 2020 Nuclear Blast Rookie Kids SeptemberKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
12 Sep 2020 Nuclear BlastSecret Bunker Estate, BrentwoodResults
12 Sep 2020 Chappel Ale TrailChappel & Wakes Colne Station, Colchester
12 Sep 2020 Nuclear BlackoutSecret Bunker Estate, BrentwoodResults
13 Sep 2020 Quendon & Rickling 10K & 5KRickling C of E Primary School, Rickling Green
13 Sep 2020 Edmund Carr 10 Mile Great Baddow Charity RaceGreat Baddow, Chelmsford
13 Sep 2020 Dedham 10K & Fun RunDedham Duchy Playing Fields, Dedham
13 Sep 2020 Ingatestone 5Anglo European School, Willow Green
15 Sep 2020 Harwich 5K Series Race 4Harwich Rugby Club, Harwich
19 Sep 2020 Leviathon 50 Mile UltraRedricks Lake, Sawbridgeworth
19 Sep 2020 Muddy Dog Challenge StanstedElms Farm Estate, Stansted
19 Sep 2020 Pleshey & Essex Half MarathonPleshey Village Hall, Pleshey
20 Sep 2020 Mersea Island Road Races 5M & 10MWest Mersea, Colchester
20 Sep 2020 Stansted 10KBentfield Green, , Stansted Mountfitchet
27 Sep 2020 Southend 10K ClassicSouthchurch Park East, Southend on Sea
27 Sep 2020 Frinton & Walton Half MarathonFrinton Cricket Club, Frinton
29 Sep 2020 Harwich 5K Series Race 5Harwich Rugby Club, Harwich
03 Oct 2020 Saltmarsh Half Marathon & UltraMarsh Farm, Saltmarsh
03 Oct 2020 Nuclear Rush 7K & 12KSecret Bunker Estate, Brentwood
03 Oct 2020 Nuclear Rookie Rush SaturdayKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
04 Oct 2020 Nuclear Rookie Rush SundayKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
04 Oct 2020 Colchester Stampede Half MarathonColchester Zoo, Colchester
04 Oct 2020 Nuclear Oblivion ExtremeKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
04 Oct 2020 Nuclear3Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
11 Oct 2020 Tiptree 10Leisure World Tiptree, Tiptree
18 Oct 2020 Brentford SportsFest 10K, 5K, 3K & 1KSyon Park, Brentford
31 Oct 2020 Nuclear FalloutKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
31 Oct 2020 Nuclear Challenge CupKelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
01 Nov 2020 Billericay Striders 10KHannakins Farm Community Centre, Billericay
07 Nov 2020 PARAS' 10 ColchesterColchester Garrison, Colchester
08 Nov 2020 Stebbing Remembrance Day 10Stebbing Primary School, Dunmow
29 Nov 2020 Colchester Zoo Stampede 10KColchester Zoo, Stanway
13 Dec 2020 Southend 5 Mile Rudolph RunEsplanade, Southend-on-Sea
07 Mar 2021 Chelmsford Half Marathon & 10KHigh Street, Chelmsford
08 May 2021 Essex 10K Cross Country Series HylandsHylands House & Estate, Chelmsford
30 May 2021 Burnham-on-Crouch 10KThe Dengie Hundred Sports Centre, Burnham-on-Crouch
12 Jun 2021 Essex 10K Cross Country Series Belhus WoodsBelhus Woods Country Park, South Ockendon
10 Jul 2021 Essex 10K Cross Country Series Thorndon Park 10KThorndon Country Park, Brentwood
17 Jul 2021 Spitfire Scramble 24 Hour RelayHornchurch Country Park, Hornchurch
25 Jul 2021 Kirste 5 Memorial RaceGrove Wood Primary School, Rayleigh
14 Aug 2021 Essex 10K Cross Country Series Hadleigh ParkHadleigh Park, Hadleigh
11 Sep 2021 Essex 10K Cross Country Series WealdWeald Country Park, Brentwood
26 Sep 2021 Maldon Half MarathonCommunity Academy, Maldon
17 Oct 2021 Chelmsford MarathonCentral Park, Chelmsford

About the area

Orion 15 Runners

Once you get beyond the cliche of suburban bling, an observer looking at the county of Essex sees an area of interesting contrast from the built-up urban area adjacent to the M25 to quaint country villages, seaside locations and rural idylls. The running scene shows a similar diversity and also a unique nature that would surprise the unfamiliar.

Of course there are big events - there are 1,000 plus half marathons at Brentwood, Colchester and Southend, plus Essex hosts hugely popular Race for Life 5k events at half a dozen locations, and there are 9 Saturday 5k parkruns in Essex outside the M25 plus 2, soon to be 3, Sunday junior 2k parkruns. However there is a fascinating sub-culture of cross-country events, fell running and trail running Essex-style, where small informal races are run from local pubs taking in scenic routes - Halstead Road Runners tell us: "The final race from the Thatchers Arms at Mount Bures was organised by Mike Grealy and enjoyed by all, despite the hills and the heat!"

And then there's the Crown to Crown 5k trail series and the ELVIS races, a number of popular cross-country leagues and the iconic Essex Way Relay. Billericay Striders have captured something of the diverse offerings: "More than 20 runners met up for the final summer evening cross country run. Keith's knowledge of the maze of public footpaths around Ramsden enabled him to lead an excellent series of runs which showed off bits of our county that many of us would otherwise never see. The runs included exposure to fig rolls, cups of tea, plenty of mud and enough nettles for Brian Cowling to shake a stick at. The final run finished with an excellent buffet at the Nag's Head."

The club scene is obviously vibrant and clubs like Springfield Striders and Castle Point Joggers illustrate its inclusive nature where the emphasis is on fun and participation although the competitive spirit does raise its head and there are lots of leagues and competitions across the various running disciplines.

If you just want an easy run in England's green and pleasant land then Essex offers so many possibilities; we'll highlight one - Dedham Vale, close to the Suffolk border. It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it did impress John Constable!

The next time you ponder this misrepresented county don't think of the 'Only Way Is Essex' think of clubs with names like Little Baddow Ridge Runners and Grange Farm Trotters and events like the Widdington Woody Wiggle.

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Running clubs in Essex

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Springfield Striders

Springfield Striders

Springfield Striders is a big successful club in Mid-Essex. The reason - a fun approach and a place for everyone...

Home sweet home? Chelmsford Rugby Club in Coronation Park; the clubhouse was fully refurbished in 2006 so it's a great base.

How many Striders are there? Currrently we have over 300 members.

How long have you been striding out? The club was formed in 1985?

Where does your membership come from? Obviously lots of us are from the Chelmsford area but we have members who travel from places like Braintree, Maldon, South Woodham and Ongar.

Most popular session? That's got to be the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

How does that work? We split into three groups based on ability, one from each group making up a team. First lap (about 1.5 miles) - all run but at the slowest runners pace; second lap - two runners go at the slower runners pace; final lap we leave the field to the flyers. It's a great session for getting everyone together.

You must be happy to have Paul Molyneux in your team! Paul Molyneux is the club record holder at 10k, half marathon and marathon (2:22:16 at London 2011) and all points in between.

Did lots of Striders cheer Paul on at London? We usually have about 50 members running at London and the club also mans the drink station at 13 miles with around 100 volunteers.

Other famous members? John Hoskyn, one of our founding members, recently carried the Olympic Torch; John is a one-man charity fundraising phenomenon!

Highlight in the race calendar? The Essex Way Relay which covers the 82 miles from Epping Station to Harwich Old Lighthouse in 10 stages. We usually field 10 teams and if wasn't for those pesky Benfleet ladies we'd pretty much sweep the board.

Fell running in Essex - you're having a laugh? Danbury Hill is a tougher test than you might think, especially when we've added a few kinks. Ok, the fell runners do a bit of travelling - Shropshire, Wales ... and Yorkshire and the Calder Vale Fell Race is an annual pilgrimage.

Cross-country in the winter? Of course! We put out teams in the three local leagues and usually collect some silverware.

Something we didn't know? Trail running Essex-style. Very informal involving start and finish at a nice local pub. £4 to enter includes a voucher for a drink. Great rural routes too. The Easter Eggstravaganza is a real trailfest, 4 events over 4 days!

The social side? There's always something cooking. Our midsummer BBQ after the Friday 5 Miler is a crowd-pleaser and the annual awards dinner at the County Cricket Club is not to be missed.

Running groups in Essex

  • Fit in a Run, Manningtree Sports Centre, near Colchester
  • Bare Your Sole: Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea Group, Chalkwell Seafront, Southend-on-Sea
  • Beginners Group for Distance, Brentwood Centre
  • Billericay Norsey Woods Group, Norsey Woods Visitor Centre, Billericay
  • Billericay Striders Run England Beginners Group, Hannakins Farm Community Centre
  • Castle Point, John Burrows Sports Ground, Benfleet
  • Castle Point Joggers, The Old Fire Station, Hadleigh
  • Hadleigh Novice Runners, The Old Fire Station, Hadleigh
  • Edwards Hall Group A, Edwards Hall Primary School, Eastwood nr Southend
  • Edwards Hall Group B, Edwards Hall Primary School, Eastwood nr Southend
  • EL Running Club, Southchurch Park, Southend
  • Fittology - Let Us Carry You Further, various local parks, Rochford
  • Girls Go Running, various places in & around Bishops Stortford
  • Harlow Running Club - Beginners, Mark Hall Sport Centre, Harlow
  • Phoenix Striders, Laindon Community Centre, Basildon
  • Purfleet Fun Runners, The Royal Carpark, Purfleet
  • Rochford Running Club - Beginners group
  • Rochford Adult Community College, Southend
  • Run 4 Fun Basildon Beginners, Gloucester Park near Entrance to Basildon Sporting Village
  • Run Together, The Locker Room Gym, Southend
  • Run, Believe and Achieve ,Basildon Sporting Village
  • Running Fitness, Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre
  • Ruskin Runners, Anglia Ruskin University Sports Centre, Chelmsford
  • Saffron Striders Run in England Beginners , Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden
  • Run with Slc Runners
  • SLC Health & Fitness club, Walton on the Naze
  • St Teresa's Group A, St Teresa's Primary School, Rochford
  • The School Run, Harwich Sports Centre
  • Thriftgreen Trotters, Brentwood Centre

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Purfleet Road Runners

Purfleet Road Runners

Keen to encourage others to find a love for running in the manner she had, Gill West decided to form Purfleet Fun Runners in July 2011...

She told "After belonging to a running club for a number of years I realised that I would achieve a greater sense of satisfaction leading a group and trying to motivate others to run.

“I was a bit of a late starter and one of the slower runners even as I improved but I always felt that I'd done something worthwhile for myself after completing a few miles. I wanted to give others the opportunity to feel the same way and so Purfleet Fun Runners came about."

Gill is a qualified jog leader with Run England, a national programme aimed at getting more people into running, and that is exactly what she has done in the group's inaugural year.

As the group's name suggests, members meet in Purfleet - the car park entrance of The Royal to be exact. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.50pm for a prompt 7pm start and Gill is keen to stress that it is completely free to join. Of her 18 members Gill says: "Most are women but we have started to get a few men. We range from all speeds from about a 9 minute mile to a 13.5 minute mile.

“Amongst us there are a few who 'used' to run and are hoping to get back into the habit, some who would like to improve and some who just want to get fit whilst being with other people. One or two had hardly ran before they joined us."

It is a mixed clientele in terms of age as well, with members ranging from 19 to 58. Gill says: "I feel the group caters well for all ages and abilities, and we all get along great. I would say that our group is ideal for anyone looking to start out in running, or get back into it while spending time with a great bunch of people."

We asked Gill what sort of sessions new members could expect: "The sessions are run over a distance of 3.25 miles, with a couple of hills thrown in! There is scope for some runners to extend the distance if they wish. It is all pretty easy going and members can be assured that there will be a session/route that is well within their capabilities. No one is left behind!"

The mixed ability nature of the group means that some have chosen to go on to take part in events while others are happy to simply get some exercise in over the course of the week. Some of the group take part in the local parkrun (Valentines, Ilford) and enjoy the social nature of the timed event.

When asked for 'stand-out' members of the group, Gill struggles: "To me they all stand out; I am extremely proud of every one of them!" But when pushed she does mention Patricia, who could only walk/run the training route to begin with but can now run the whole distance, and Folake who is always the back marker in training but now wants to aim towards running a 10k.

Purfleet Fun Runners is a great example of how running groups are improving people's fitness levels across the country in a relaxed but fun setting and how people like Gill are making it happen.

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