A Boxing Day bargain to appeal to any runner is the Â£1.00 entry fee for Pitsea Running Club's Crown to Crown 5k on December 26. The Basildon-based club host the race twice yearly, on Good Friday and Boxing Day, with all proceeds going to charity. In another diversion away from modern race entries, all entries are on the day too.
If you have some pudding, excess turkey or a hangover to run off, then this should gently ease you back to normality without hitting your wallet too hard. The race gets underway at 11am and all standards of runners are welcome, although children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is willing to run accompany them at all times.
The start and finish is at the Westley Heights Country Park located at the rear of the Harvester (Crown) Public House, Langdon Hills. The route takes runners out of the Country Park onto Lee Chapel Lane and into the Essex Wildlife Trusts' Willow Park.
A loop round the reserve brings runner back to Lee Chapel Lane and then to the finish in the Country Park. Spikes are not suitable due to a section on tarmac roads, the route is mainly public bridleways. There are toilets, but no showers.