MORE than a thousand runners are set to race for charity as the Southend Half Marathon returns to the seafront this summer.

Registration is now open for the city's biggest running event, which is set to take place on Sunday, June 9.

The 13.1 mile course starts and finishes at East Beach, Shoebury.  

Lucy Lock, organiser of the event at Havens hospices said: “The Southend Half Marathon is the city’s biggest running event which sees over a thousand people year on year, including people from across the country and overseas, come together to enjoy a fast and flat route, all while raising funds for a vital cause, close to the hearts of many in our community.   

“There’s no better way to start the new year than by grabbing your running shoes and getting active in preparation. Whether you’re running for fun, to remember a loved one or to achieve a personal best, every mile will be making such a difference to all the families we care for.  

“The demand for our care is ever-increasing, so we need 2024 to be our biggest and best fundraiser to date. Everyone living with a complex or incurable condition deserves the best possible care throughout their whole life’s journey and events like the Southend Half Marathon ensure this support and specialist care continues for everybody in our community.” 

Every person who registers will be supporting Havens hospices which includes Fair Havens and Little Havens. The south Essex charity cares for children, young people and adults living with incurable conditions, helping them to make the most of every day.  

Last year’s event raised close to £100,000 and the charity hopes even more funds can be raised this year at its flagship event with its new ‘Havens Hero’ ticket option. This ticket includes a donation to cover the cost of half an hour of care at either hospice for a patient.  

Advance online registration costs £34 for affiliated club runners and £36 for non-affiliated runners. Registration for wheelchair athletes costs £36.  

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