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Corona Virus: Our 2020 race has been CANCELLED. Next race will be in 2021

Dear Runners,

I am sorry to inform you that the 2020 Braintree 5M has been cancelled. Due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19 and the rules on public gatherings, UK Athletics and Run Britain have cancelled all events and as such our race can no longer go ahead.  We hope to be in a position to confirm the 2021 date in September this year and will contact all runners directly once we have a confirmed date. All the entries will be automatically carried forward to the 2021 date so no further action by you is required.

Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer refunds as the Run Britain booking system does not offer this. If for whatever reason you choose not to run, then your place may be transferred. The correct email address for any amendment including transfer is A transfer form will be available on our Web site and the Race facebook page once we have the new dates confirmed.

We feel that by postponing to May 2021 there is a better chance that we will be out of the Coronavirus problem, and we will not be competing or clashing with so many other events that are already scheduled or delayed until the Autumn this year.

I thank you for your support and understanding. I look forward to welcoming you to the rescheduled event.

All the best,
Claire Blake
Race Director

Information for the Race:

A 5 mile road race for all abilities organised by Braintree & District Athletic Club
starting as in previous years at the Chelmsford City Race Course.

   • Chelmsford City Racecourse, A131, Great Leighs, Chelmsford CM3 1QP
   • Runners car park via the main entrance on the A131.
   • No on the day entries. Online entries will close two weeks before race day.
   • Runners’ Instructions HERE.
   • Route description & map below.

We have full ‘Chip to Chip’ Timing provided by ‘Nice Work’. All Race Numbers with Chips attached are to be collected on the day. Please allow plenty of time on the day to collect your number from race HQ. No refunds, please contact us for transfers.

All Parking will be available at Chelmsford City Race course Main Entrance. Please do not use the side gate.
The use of ipods, mp3 players etc by competitors contravenes UKA rules. Anyone using these devices during the race will be disqualified. We also reserve the right to not provide a T-shirt to anyone disqualified for this reason.
We are unfortunately unable to cater for wheelchair contestants.
Minimum age of 15 on race day.
No accompanying dogs or cyclists.
Time limit: 75 minutes.
Toilets, Refreshments and Bag Drop are all available in the Main Grandstand.

The Route:

   • A fast, undulating, rural, all road course, see map here.
   • Race held under UK Athletic Rules. UKA Licence No: 2019-35760
   • SEAA Measured Course Certificate 17/038
The start of the race is approx 50 metres from the Main Grandstand. Please refer to the course map and follow directions from Marshals.


Our Race Directors are Ross Boyer / Claire Blake.  But see above for entry information.

Club members, relations & friends: please contact Stuart Phillips if you can offer help with marshalling on race day. It will be an exciting day out!


   •Commemorative t-shirt to all finishers.
   •Presentation ceremony shortly after the race.
   •Trophies (one per winner) will be awarded as follows:
   •First three males. First three females
   •First U18M, MV40, MV50, MV60, MV70
   •First U18F, FV35, FV45, FV55, FV65
   •First Male team and First Female team (four runners to count)

Whilst we will endeavour to provide a T-shirt of the correct size we will be unable to guarantee this for late entries.


Sunday 31st March 2019 results: A big thank you to all who ran, all who helped and all who supported the race. We hope you all had a most enjoyable time and that you are pleased with your results which are shown here.  For more on the race, see the B5 Facebook page

Sunday 20th May 2018 results: here (pdf)

Sunday 2nd April 2017 results: here (pdf)

Sunday 17th April 2016 results: here (pdf).

Sunday 29th March 2015 results: here (pdf) and photos, courtesy of Andy Sheridan Photography here.

Sunday 27th April 2014 results: here (pdf)

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