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This event takes a huge amount of effort to organise and we are always looking for willing hands to help us deliver a first-class day not only for runners but for the community of Chelmsford.

We raise thousands of pounds for our local charities and aim to provide a fun day out for all the family as well as the runners.
The race is designed over 10 miles starting and finishing at the Millenium Centre in Great Baddow. There are 41 junctions and points where we are obliged by UKA licence to station marshals to assist runners navigating the course. Depending on the junction complexities Marshals are usually in two’s or three’s and are given a full verbal and written briefing of their responsibilities before the race.

The time needed to be a marshal is usually from 0930 – 1230 on Race day so if you can spare time for this please get in touch.
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The Great Baddow Parish Council and Chelmsford City Council give us permission to allow car parking on the Millenium Centre grounds on the day of the race. If you can spare a couple of hours on the day usually from 0900hrs to help with this please get in touch.
Whilst there are stallholders providing refreshments for the public we
need volunteers to help provide refreshments for all of our groundworkers on the day. Again if you can help with this please get in touch.
This is for the ‘early birds’. Setting up the Millenium Centre field for the start and finish of the race and marking the field for siting the emergency vehicles, broadcast facilities, stall holders, information centre, bag drop, late entry posts and a host of other facilities require a large number of volunteers. This work usually starts at 0500hrs to be ready for the race start at 1000hrs. Then of course, after the race ends at about 1230hrs we need to take it all down!

If you can help with this please get in touch.
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If you are a charity or small business and would like to promote yourselves or provide a stall to entertain the public on the day please get in touch for more information.

If you are a business in the local area and would like to sponsor our event, please see our sponsorship packages available here.

We aim to fund all of the costs of running the event from sponsorship money which would allow us to use all of the money raised through the
entrance fees for the benefit of our local charities.

In return for sponsorship, we will promote your company on our website as well as other benefits shown in the sponsorship packages.

If you are interested or need more information please get in touch.

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Fun Run
2 Mile
This two mile run is aimed at the Community and families alike. It runs alongside the main race and allows new runners, families and children to experience the excitement of running in a ‘fun’ environment
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Road Run
10 Mile
This popular and long established ten mile race is aimed at serious and experienced runners as well as keen and enthusiastic keep fit individuals. Whether you are using this event as part of a strict training regime or just enjoying a great run to keep fit, this is just for you!…
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Sunday 19 May 2024
10 Mile Road Race - Start time: 10:00am
2 Mile Fun Run - Start time: 10:10am

The Recreation Ground, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 9RL

10 Mile Road Race
The minimum age for the 10 Mile Road Race is 17 years on Races Day (parental/guardian permission required if under 18).


2 Mile Fun Run
Entrants under the age of 9 on Races Day must be accompanied by an adult (parental/guardian permission required if under 18).

We are governed by the UKA Road Running licence which oversees all UK races and we are monitored against their rules and regulations. Our course has been certified correct by the Association of UK course measurers. We also have a strict risk assessment covering all eventualities.

Yes, there will be -  provided by Lindsey Abbott director and owner of Shimmy 'n' Groove Fitness Ltd based in Chelmsford and online offering a variety of fitness classes and PT.

She is a qualified Secondary PE teacher and mental Health PT. She choreographs her own classes and takes pride in adapting to suit all participants.

Fun and the feel-good factor are the primary focus of her workouts.



Yes there will be - Revive Health Chelmsford are providing four physio’s and massage/therapy beds for a donation to Farleigh Hospice

We are happy to help with any queries, just contact us.

The Great Baddow Races were started in 1982 by Bob Hendrie. A keen runner himself, Bob is still closely involved in the organisation of the event.
For 30 years, the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay has been solely responsible for the organisation of the races. Since 2018, another Rotary Club – Chelmsford Rivermead – has become its organisational partner.
The Races have been started over the years by some famous Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Fatima Whitbread, Danny Crates and Eamonn Martin and by personalities from radio and TV such as Dave Monk.
Runners have come from all over the country. As well as the Home Counties and East Anglia, they have come from as far north as Yorkshire and Scotland.

Car parking is available at the Millennium Centre grounds on the day of the race. We can accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles or property left with vehicles.

A temporary road closure will exist on 19th May 2024 from 10.00 am to 11.45 pm of the High Street from its junction with Church Street and its junction with Vicarage Lane and Galleywood Road. Diversion signs will be in place.

On-line entries will be accepted until 23:59 on 12 May 2024
Late entries will be accepted on Race Day from 08:00 until 09:50

10 Mile Road Race

Entry fees Early Bird (until 7 April 2024)
£35 inc T-shirt (£5 discount without T-shirt)

After 7 April and Race Day
£35 (T-shirt NOT included)

2 Mile Fun Run

Adults £10
Child (Under 18) £5
Group of 5 £15
T-shirts not available for the Fun Run

Please note that a small administration charge is added.

Our sponsors allow us, with their generosity, to put on this magnificent Community event. We are extremely grateful for their kind support.

Each year the complex organisation of the Baddow Races requires help from many individuals and organisations. The Rotary clubs of Chelmsford Mildmay and Chelmsford Rivermead share the responsibility of putting this event together and we are supported by our sponsors. Please find more information on the Get Involved page.

The start and finish of the Baddow Races is at the Millenium Ground. At the site there are many activities for all the family to enjoy whilst the races are happening so come along and support out charities by donating whilst enjoying a fun day out.

Runners with disabilities should be aware that the Races commence with a lap around the grounds on grass and finish on grass.  We ask those with disabilities to use their judgement as to their ability to manage the course taking into account gradients and that the route is open to traffic. If you have a disability that requires assistance, for example deafness or blindness (accompanied) please email us at  and we will endeavour to help.

19TH MAY 2024


2024 Distance certification 18/190 | Road Race Licence ID: 2024-46952

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