Halstead & Essex Marathon Information

The Halstead Marathon began in 1995 and was the idea of Colin Richer, and other Halstead Road Runners club members and since then the race has become an annual event.

This has been possible mainly due to a core of supporters within Halstead Road Runners and help from Halstead Town Council. In addition, local commerce continually support the race as do various local voluntary organisations and other local running clubs providing invaluable marshalling on race day.

The race attracts athletes from across the UK and abroad and the furthest known travellers to the race have been from Sydney Australia .

North Essex is relatively unrecognised as an area of extreme beauty but has an abundance of hidden back roads amongst rolling hills, woods and farmlands. Even more attractive to runners is that, apart from a 400m stretch in the last mile, the race is entirely on roads with very little traffic.

As a club we have been able to offer a well organised race with every facility to make it a memorable event for experienced and new marathon runners alike.

A new course was utilized for 2015 to ensure runner safety and the current course records are Male 2:34:56 (Tristan Steed – Non-Affiliated) and Female 3:12:33 (Marie Shirley – Colchester Harriers AC). Don’t forget that record breakers win a £200 prize (male and female).

Halstead Road Runners is a small club of around ninety-five members in a rural area. We ask a lot from our members every year to support this all day event.

We hope for yet another record number of entrants in 2018 and hope you will join us in 2018 our 24th marathon and as always we hope to meet old friends on the day and make new friends with our first time runners.

We pride ourselves on providing a “Race for Runners” which has been continually rated in the top 5 marathon races in the UK and once again will donate a large percentage of any profits to local charities and schools.

Reviewers on Runners World rate our race very highly so please Click here to read online reviews.