CHELMSFORD is getting ready to host its first marathon in October, and the chief executive of the company behind the run has made sure he’ll be ready for the big day.

The J’s Hospice has organised the event for Sunday, October 19, so boss Stuart Hornsby has signed up. The race will take in some of the city’s parks.

Stuart, who’ll be running his first marathon, said: “I can’t wait!” To apply, visit