THE countdown has started to the Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon this Sunday.

The Daily Gazette will have online coverage of the event.

As many as 4,000 runners will be taking part in the sold-out race, set to raise thousands for MS-UK and Headway Essex.

The 13-mile race kicks off at 9am from the JobServe Community Stadium and follows the same route as previous years.

A rolling road closure will be in operation throughout the route.

It will end by 12.20pm back at the stadium.


The route is: Boxted Road, Nayland Road, Mile End Road, North Station roundabout, North Station Road, North Hill, High Street, East Hill, East Street, Ipswich Road, Severalls Lane, Wyncolls Road, Newcomen Way, The Crescent, Severalls Lane, Langham Road, Langham Lane and into Langham.

At Boxted it includes Sky Hall Hill, Straight Road and Boxted Road.

Thousands of supporters are expected to cheer the runners on.

An eight supplement featuring dozens of event photographs will be in Monday's Daily Gazette.