Southend Half Marathon

'Making every day count' in Southend

Havens Hospices Southend Half Marathon is all set for a bumper return

Two years' absence has merely raised hopes and expectations for a bumper return of the Havens Hospices Southend Half Marathon at 9:00am on Sunday (12 June). Perhaps the pent-up enthusiasm, not to mention those super-shoes, will see a revision of the course records that were set in 2011 by Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers, 1:07:56) and Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers, 1:20:10).   

Havens Hospices provide palliative nursing and supportive care to adults, young people, and children living with complex or incurable conditions across Essex. As the event website proclaims: "Every mile is helping us to continue ‘Making every day count’ for children and adults with incurable conditions in Essex". In the 25 years of this race over £1.2million has been raised for Havens Hospices.

The start and finish are at East Beach, Shoeburyness – which became Shoe-Busy-Ness in 2019 when four men finished within three seconds behind the champion James Caldon (Benfleet RC, 1:15:30)!

W45 Sara Black (London Heathside, 1:26:59) took the women's victory as 1,940 finished in 3:24:07 and you can relive the action in our race report here.

The coastal course is fast, flat, and traffic-free, making it ideal for first-time half marathon runners as well as more seasoned athletes looking to achieve a PB. In the last edition, 75 runners were back at East Beach to meet the cheering crowd within 90 minutes. 

Unusually, there will be some on-the-day numbers available between 7:30am and 8:15am, so a last-minute decision could be made to take part. The two-lap course takes runners along the scenic coast, with views over the Thames Estuary. Pacers will be supporting runners to finish times of 1:45; 2:00; 2:15, and 2:30. 

All your essential race information is available at the Havens Hospices Southend Half Marathon website here

Previous results can be studied via the runABC South race listing here and don't forget to look out for our race report on the runABC South newsdesk here

Image courtesy Havens Hospices Southend Half Marathon

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