Essex Marathon & Half Marathon

Challenge yourself to either a Half or Full Marathon in Essex

Date Sunday 18th April, 2021
Distance Marathon + other events: Half Marathon
LocationDebden Airfield
Town/CitySaffron Walden
Start postcodeCB10 2YA
OrganiserJames Shipley
WebsiteVisit website

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This is a flat and fast course with tarmac, traffic free running around the former RAF Debden Airfield. The course is designed in the shape of an aircraft in honour of so many RAF and USAAF who were stationed here over the years.

With events around the country being cancelled we are pleased to be able to give you the opportunity to complete the marathon and half marathon distances in a small scale, socially distanced environment in traffic free grounds. The race will be held under a full UK Athletics race license.

The official chip timed marathon and half marathon will held in waves of runners starting from 09:00am in a time trial format with the athletes with the fastest predicted times going off first. The start line will be similar to a Formula 1 starting grid with athletes being kept socially distanced on the start line and starting in small waves.

As Active Training World continue to organise events during this difficult time, we undertand that many people are nervous regarding entering events again and we want to assure you that we take every measure we can to organise a safe, socially distanced event. To see this in action watch our video Covid-19 Safety at ActiveTrainingWorld Running and Triathlon Events

We want you to book with confidence so, if this event can no longer go ahead, and a postponement date isn’t found, you will be offered a virtual run or a refund of your entry fee. (Booking fees are non-refundable)

Wave Start times (based on your estimated completion time):

Marathon Sub 3 Hours & 6+ Hours
Half Marathon Sub 1.5 Hours & 3+ Hours

Marathon Between 4 – 6 Hours
Half Marathon  Between 2 – 3 Hours

Marathon Between 3 – 4 Hours
Half Marathon Between 1.5 – 2 Hours


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