Essex County Athletic Association, in conjunction with Southend AC, present

The Essex 20

Essex County(1) medals awarded to the first 3 affiliated runners in each of the following categories:-
Men:                Open, V40, V50, V60 and V70
Women:           Open, V35, V45, V55 and V65
Team medals:  First 3 Essex Mens / Ladies Teams

(1)To be eligible to enter the Essex Championship you need to either have been born in Essex or have been an Essex resident for at least 9 months.  In addition you cannot have competed in another county’s championship in the same year (eg. Suffolk / Kent,etc)

Inter-Counties 2019 - This year the race not only hosts the Essex Championships, but also an inter county match between Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Sussex.  

Runners will not qualify for Medals /prizes if they are not wearing the club kit of their first claim club in whose name they have entered.

Run under UKA rules. Certificate No 17/311

Measurement  Licence 2018 -31613 

Venue -  The King Edmund School, Shires Way, Rochford SS4 3FL   

Start 10.00am

Finish 2.00pm

Car Parking - Limited parking available at school (please car share where possible). Access to parking is via Shires Way, off Brays Lane. Parking is limited so please car share wherever possible. When parking on streets please be considerate to local residents.

Medals/T-Shirts/Goody Bags - No t-shirt or medal just a great value road race for runners put on by runners

Course Map - attached to website

Race Limit  - 600 (race now full)

Race numbers to be collected on the day from the school from 8.45am. Please aim to collect your number by 9.30am at the latest. Please fill in the personal information on the back so that in the event of an accident, illness or injury appropriate action can be taken. No further registration is required. If you find that you cannot take part in the race please do not allow someone to collect your number and run in your place.

Course Description - It is a 3 lap race with 2 water stations on each lap where water dispensed in cups will be available. If you require more liquid then please come prepared. All roads are still open to traffic so please keep well to the left except when directed otherwise by marshals. Please dispose of both water cups, drinks bottles and gels in the bins provided and refrain from throwing them on the roadside along the course.

Cut off - There is a 4 hour cut off time when water stations and road signage will be removed.

Headphones - In line with UK race rules the wearing of headphones is forbidden during the race, as these may prevent you from hearing instructions from Marshals. If runners choose to ignore this advice they do so at their own risk and will be disqualified - race result removed.

Any runner not complying with these rules is liable to disqualification.  This advice is for your own safety and that of other road users. Without your co-operation it is not possible to hold a race on public roads.

Directions -

How to get to race H.Q


  • A127 signposted Southend - Southend Airport

  • At Tesco Roundabout follow sign Southend Central and Southend Airport

  • at Cuckoo Corner Roundabout follow signs Southend Airport / Rochford A1159

  • at Harp House Roundabout follow signs for Rochford

  • Next three roundabouts bear left signposted Rochford / Canewdon 

  • at Fourth Roundabout turn right signposted Ashingdon / Canewdon.

  • Next two Roundabouts straight on 

  • after second roundabout take second on right into Brays Lane signposted Canewdon/Ballard's Gore/Balti Wharf

  • at next roundabout turn right into school carpark 


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In recognition of the ever increasing cost of road races and the extremely positive feedback received last year the organisers have decided to keep the entry fee low to bring you probably the best value for money 20 mile race in the country.




Enter by 31 December 2018



Enter after 1 January 2019



On the day entries










There will be no t-shirts or medals but free coffee or tea for each runner will continue. On the day entries: Only if the limit of 600 has not been reached beforehand (note the race has been sold out the last 2 years).

The list of entries for the 2019 race is here.



Results of the Essex 20 going back to 1970 are here.

The results from the latest running of the Essex 20 can be found here

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