Top University named as headline sponsor for the inaugural Chelmsford Half Marathon

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Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is the headline sponsor for the inaugural Chelmsford Half Marathon event on 3 October where thousands are expected to toe the line around the historical sites of the city.

2,500 people are expected to take part in the Chelmsford Half Marathon on Sunday 3 October, which will start on Market Road before taking in the city’s landmarks and finishing at ARU’s Chelmsford campus. The event will also incorporate a 5k race, perfect for those just getting into running.

ARU’s Sports Science department will be offering training and nutrition advice to runners and Team ARU, the university’s sports coordinators, will also be involved.

Peter Martin, Race Director of Chelmsford Half Marathon, said: “We are really pleased to announce Anglia Ruskin University as headline partner for the 2021 Chelmsford Half Marathon.  Partnering with ARU cements our commitment to working with local organisations in Chelmsford.  

“The ARU connection has opened up opportunities for many students to get involved in this new mass participation event, offering places to students to take part as well as providing opportunities to work at the event.  ARU’s campus will be part of the 13.1-mile route and participants will be able to experience a unique finish line area at ARU, with on-site facilities provided by the university.”

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, added: “We are proud to be at the heart of the communities we serve, and events like the Chelmsford Half Marathon are not only fun to take part in, but they also play an important role in raising funds for local charities.

“The Chelmsford Half Marathon promises to be a wonderful occasion for the participants and also for friends and families who will supporting the runners on the day, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to ARU’s Chelmsford campus on 3 October.”

As a registered road race, the Chelmsford Half Marathon will be run in line with Covid-19 guidance set by the Government and the governing body, England Athletics. Additional information will be released to participants nearer the time. For further details of the Chelmsford Half Marathon, visit