Scrutton Bland sponsors Colchester Half Marathon

17 March 2023 - Elizabeth Nichols

The annual race, a flagship community event in the city’s calendar, will bring together thousands of runners of all abilities to run 13.1 miles around Colchester’s historic sights!

This year’s event is being organised by The Robin Cancer Trust, with support from the Running Colchester community – with all proceeds helping fund the charity’s life-saving awareness, education and support programmes for young people affected by germ cell cancer.

Toby Freeman BCA, Founder & CEO of The Robin Cancer Trust said:

“We’re incredibly proud to bring the Colchester Half Marathon to the people of Colchester. This is one of the biggest events in the Essex race calendar, and it’s inspirational to see runners achieve their first half-marathon, personal best, or cross the finish line in memory of a loved one. The vital funds this event will raise will help us continue our life-saving work across the region – raising awareness of cancers in schools, colleges, and universities; educating, and engaging young people with our cancer campaigns online, and supporting those affected by germ cell cancer during the most difficult time of their lives.”

The Colchester Half Marathon is proudly sponsored by Ewals Cargo Care, Mersea Homes, Brooks Running and Scrutton Bland and all the sponsors have a number of their staff taking part in the run and volunteering.

Chris Smith, UK & Ireland Operations Manager for Ewals Cargo Care said ““We are happy to be supporting this event and the teambuilding in our local community. It’s all about supporting each other, having fun and good preparation – just as in daily business. Best of luck to everyone involved and especially to the team of runners from Ewals!”

Stuart Cock, Managing Director for Mersea Homes said “We are always looking at ways we can give back to the Colchester Community and support local charities. The half marathon is a great community event in the city and skirting around the fringes of our Chesterwell scheme, this looked like the perfect opportunity for us to support everyone involved. We have several workforce members in training for the half marathon and we are also promising some extra treats at the water station we are manning at the 9 mile stage.”

Elizabeth O’Hanlon, Scrutton Bland Marketing Director said: “The Colchester Half Marathon is one of Colchester’s big annual events and we are delighted to be a sponsor this year and show our support for the Robin Cancer Trust. Good luck to all the runners and volunteers, and we hope to see some Scrutton Bland people participating on the day!”

Sara Hawkins is an ovarian cancer survivor and will be running the Colchester Half Marathon in aid of The Robin Cancer Trust. She said:

“I will be forever grateful. In 2018 I was laying in a hospital bed, where my goals were as simple as to sit up, stand

or walk a few steps. Now, because of The Robin Cancer Trust, I can proudly call myself a runner. I run every

week. It is part of my life now. What I used to believe was unachievable is now my warmup. I can comfortably run

10km and am already training for the Colchester Half Marathon!”

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