Chelmsford will host its first ever marathon this autumn, with the hope that it will spark many more in the years to come.
Hundreds have already signed up to run and below, we speak to eight of them as the outline of the route is confirmed.
Clare Bennett-White, 41, a childminder, of Tulip Close, Chelmsford, first marathon
"I entered because I wanted to run a marathon before I was 40, but I'm 41 now so I've got to do one before I'm 50. I've no expectations, I just want to get to the finish line.
"In celebration, I'll run over the finish line with my two children – and the four that I child-mind for."
Charlotte Moule, 23, of Chelmsford Dynamos, a project manager, of Franklin Road, North Fambridge, first marathon
"I entered because I've done a few half marathons so it just feels like the next step. I just want to finish it without stopping. I'll celebrate my finish with lots of cake and possibly a gin and tonic.
Andy Thomas, 42, of Springfield Striders, a security officer, of Chelmsford, first marathon
"I want to do it because I've never done a marathon before. I want to do it in under four hours. When I finish I'll probably go for a drink – find somewhere for a nice Guinness, I like Guinness.
Dan Summers, 31, a graphic designer, of Crozier Terrace, Chelmer Village, fifth marathon
"It's a great way for me to end the year. I'll have to end the run with a big family gathering in a restaurant nearby – that will be just perfect."
David Mason, 45, of Springfield Striders, an Essex County Council officer, of west Chelmsford, first marathon
"I'm doing it because it's for the J's and I couldn't think of a better charity to go on that marathon journey with. If I finish I'll be absolutely elated, and if I raise lots of money for the J's so much the better."
Mark Moughton, 53, of Springfield Striders, of Leybourne Drive, Springfield, a Chelmsford firefighter, second marathon
"I'm doing it because it's the very first marathon. I'm hoping to complete it in under four hours hopefully. When I finish I'll definitely go out and have a drink. I haven't been drunk since Christmas so I will definitely have a beer.
Stuart Hornsby, 43, The J's Hospice chief executive, of Great Yeldham, first marathon
"The Chelmsford Marathon is a huge milestone in The J's fundraising history and another step to ensuring our services are sustainable. My aim is to finish without having to stop and walk!"
Peter Walker, 22, Essex Chronicle reporter, of Parklands Drive, Springfield, first marathon
"Signing up was a no-brainer, it costs just £28. I've no idea what time I'll do, but afterwards I'll treat myself to a slap-up cooked breakfast - whatever time of day - and a pint of something special."