ARU is limbering up for Chelmsford Half Marathon

Published: 18 February 2022 at 12:20

Around 2,000 will pound the pavement, starting and finishing at ARU

More than a thousand keen runners will take to the streets on 6 March for the Chelmsford Half Marathon, which is being organised with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) as the headline partner for the second successive year.

The 13.1-mile route takes runners from ARU’s campus, along Parkway and Essex Yeomanry Way as far as the A12 at Sandon. Runners will then head back into the city via Sandford Mill Lane and along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, before finishing back at the campus on Bishop’s Hall Lane, where there will be a bar, entertainment, and sports massage available.

To facilitate the event, there will be road closures along the route – requiring 1,500 traffic cones, 250 road signs and approximately 100 stewards.

As well as the half-marathon, there is also a 5km race and a new 10km route, new for 2022, taking place on the day.

Around 2,000 people are expected to participate, and ARU staff and students will be taking part to raise money for the Together in Sound music therapy project.

Last year’s event saw runners attract sponsorship to benefit various charities, including one group that raised more than £18,000 for the Young Minds Trust. It is hoped that this year’s event could raise up to £250,000.

Andrew Martin, Race Director of the Chelmsford Half Marathon, said:

“After the success of the 2021 event in October, we are delighted to once again welcome runners back to the city.

“We would like to thank our headline partner, ARU, for supporting the event.”

 

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“We are proud to continue our association with the Chelmsford Half Marathon. Last year’s event was a fantastic success and raised a significant amount of money for charity.

“Events like these are vital for bringing people in our cities together, and we look forward to hosting the runners and their supporters at our campus.”

 

For further details about the Chelmsford Half Marathon and to register to take part, please visit cmhalf.com/