Southend marathon to go ahead despite Shobury East beach closure

Southend Standard: Marathon to go ahead despite beach closure Marathon to go ahead despite beach closure

THE Southend Half Marathon will take place at Shoebury East Beach despite it being closed.

The beach will remain closed until early next month after artillery and mortar shells were discovered at the end of last month.

But the grass area above the beach, where the run starts and finishes, remains open and the event will take place as planned on Sunday, June 8.

Havens Hospices, which organises the race to raise funds, has been working with Southend Council to look at alternative venues, but officials have insisted runners and spectators face minimal risks.

Judy Grocott, events manager for Havens Hospices, said: “We have taken our time to look at all the options open to us and would like to thank Southend Council for its advice and support.

“Now the decision has been made to keep the event at Shoebury East Beach, we will be contacting all the runners via email and their packs are being sent out this week.

“We are committed to delivering a safe and successful event.”

More than 2,500 people have signed up to take part in the main race, with hundreds expected to take part in a 3km fun run on the same day.

Entrance to the halfmarathon costs £23 for affiliated and £25 for non-affiliated runners and entrance to the fun run costs £5 for anyone.

People interested in helping to marshal the race, can email Judy on jgrocott@havenshospices.

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11:13am Thu 22 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Business will be 'BOOMing'
Business will be 'BOOMing' Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

11:47am Thu 22 May 14

pembury53 says...

i'd like to know what the "minimal risk" is ?
i'd like to know what the "minimal risk" is ? pembury53
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12:35pm Thu 22 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

pembury53 wrote:
i'd like to know what the "minimal risk" is ?
Getting dog dung on their shoes
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: i'd like to know what the "minimal risk" is ?[/p][/quote]Getting dog dung on their shoes Howard Cháse
  • Score: -1

2:19pm Thu 22 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Bloody runners!
Bloody runners! Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -2

4:12pm Thu 22 May 14

sesibollox says...

If the council believes there is a real danger from unexploded ordnance, they will have to move that fence back from the beach by 1000 metres, to comply with the basic health and safety requirements of such an issue, if they don't, WTF? is going on.
They have again showed themselves, to be a bunch of fumbling buffoons over this whole issue.
If the council believes there is a real danger from unexploded ordnance, they will have to move that fence back from the beach by 1000 metres, to comply with the basic health and safety requirements of such an issue, if they don't, WTF? is going on. They have again showed themselves, to be a bunch of fumbling buffoons over this whole issue. sesibollox
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Thu 22 May 14

mr.happy says...

Can't see exactly what the story is here? The beach is closed, the runners don't start on the beach anyway. Bit like telling me the A13 is closed when I plan to travel on the A127!
Can't see exactly what the story is here? The beach is closed, the runners don't start on the beach anyway. Bit like telling me the A13 is closed when I plan to travel on the A127! mr.happy
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Thu 22 May 14

pembury53 says...

mr.happy wrote:
Can't see exactly what the story is here? The beach is closed, the runners don't start on the beach anyway. Bit like telling me the A13 is closed when I plan to travel on the A127!
see above..... if there was an ounce of truth in this health and safety red herring, no one would be allowed any where near it....... basically it was the idiot councillor trying to impress, now it's all gone pete tong....
[quote][p][bold]mr.happy[/bold] wrote: Can't see exactly what the story is here? The beach is closed, the runners don't start on the beach anyway. Bit like telling me the A13 is closed when I plan to travel on the A127![/p][/quote]see above..... if there was an ounce of truth in this health and safety red herring, no one would be allowed any where near it....... basically it was the idiot councillor trying to impress, now it's all gone pete tong.... pembury53
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