Southend Pier, completed in 1889, is the longest pleasure pier in the world, extending 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary at Western Esplanade. Now the longest running event on the Olympic programme comes to Southend-on-Sea and competitors can admire James Brunlees’ remarkable iron construction during this exciting addition to the marathon calendar on Sunday, 12 March.
Southend can thank local charity Havens Hospices for bringing the race to the popular Essex resort. Runners will follow a two-lap, 26.2 mile route from Shoeburyness East Beach, along Southend’s coastline, through Chalkwell and back to Shoeburyness. The historic marathon is only open to the first 1,000 people and places are selling fast!
Havens Hospices events manager, Judy Grocott, said: “We have been working towards holding our first Southend Marathon for a while now and now we’re asking people to become the one in a thousand who take on the challenge.
“Each year our Southend Half Marathon has got bigger and bigger and running is now so popular we wanted to give people the chance to run a full marathon right on their doorstep, while ‘Making every day count’ for those we care for.”
Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens for adults and Little Havens for children. The charity cares for seriously ill children and adults at its two hospices providing respite, pain and symptom management and end of life care.
Havens Hospices is a registered charity – not part of the NHS – and receives limited government funding. The organisation must raise over £100,000 every week to be there for everyone who needs its care.
Click on Southend Marathon to sign up or for further information check out the Facebook or Twitter pages.
Image courtesy Team Havens