On Sunday 17th March, runners took to the streets of Colchester for the 12th half marathon to raise money for various charities.  

The race began at the JobServe Community Stadium at 9 am with over 2,500 runners raring to go with a huge number of supporters ready to cheer them on. The 13.1 mile course took the runners across the historic sights of central Colchester and through the scenic countryside. Despite the poor weather conditions, Darren Couchman the Community Engagement Manager felt a “real buzz from the crowd” which “spurred the runners on and made a big difference!”.  

Spectators lined the streets at key locations such as North Hill, High Street and East Hill and crowds gathered along the crossroads at the Shepherd and Dog pub in Langham. Support didn't stop there as the runners were met with enthusiastic congratulations as they crossed the finish line. 

The Colchester Marathon has been in the aid of The Robin Cancer Trust since the pandemic with funds raised helping to empower young people affected by cancer and given to other charities such as St Helena Hospice, Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation. The Marathon is also popular as it brings a sense of community, Toby Freeman, the Founder & CEO of The Robin Cancer Trust, states that he was “very excited to be lining up with thousands of local runners”. 

Last year, Kurtis Swan completed the course in 1 hour 10 minutes and 40 seconds but this year was a course record! With Mo Farah holding the UK record for a half marathon completed in 59 minutes and 32 seconds, Alex Gladley’s astonishing 1 hour 7 minutes and 44 seconds impressed the crowds. 

This year 2,683 people signed up, including amateur runners from across Essex and beyond, which was an outstanding increase of 800 runners.  

The Colchester Half Marathon is guaranteed for another year of celebrating causes, charity and community on March 16th, 2025.