Great Baddow Charity Races 2011

May 2011

The start and finish line in Great Baddow Recreation Ground

The home straight! 
Participants run up Tabors Hill past the Blue Lion pub just minutes from the finish.

Huge crowds lined the streets of Great Baddow for the Great Baddow Charity Races which took place in the village on Sunday May 22, 2011. The day was warm and sunny with a strong breeze making for just about perfect running conditions. The event is now in its 27th year and has been organised for the past 16 years by The Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay.

Starting and finishing in the Recreation Ground, there is a 10 mile race for the serious runners and a 2 mile fun run for others to join in.

The 10 mile race is run under the regulations of UK Athletics/BARR. Over the years the event has grown in stature and become a well respected race in the road running calendar.

This years winner was Paul Molyneux of the Springfield Striders winning in a time of 53 minutes 42 seconds.

Olympic Flame To Pass Through Great Baddow?

May 2011

The Olympic Flame could pass through Great Baddow on its way to Chelmsford as part of the Olympic Torch Relay. Final details of the exact route have yet to be announced. What is known is that the Olympic Flame arrives in the County town on Friday, July 6 2012. An evening celebration will be held, possibly at Hylands Park, and is expected to attract 15,000 visitors.

With one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, London 2012 has announced the first 74 locations welcoming the Flame during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay.

The Torch Relay will start from Land's End on May 19 2012, carried by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers. It will come within an hour of 95 per cent of the population of the UK.

The torchbearers will be members of  the public nominated for their work in the community. If you know someone from Great Baddow who you believe deserves this honour you can nominate them at the  London 2012 website

Great Baddow Celebrates The Royal Wedding

April 2011

Millions of people throughout the UK enjoyed an extra bank holiday on Friday, April 29th when Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. It was estimated that 2 billion people watched the event worldwide.

In Great Baddow, several street parties were organised to celebrate the Royal Wedding. The photograph above shows preparations being made in Tyrells Way. Thankfully, the weather was dry with sunny spells.