Published on Tuesday, 10th October 2017
Once again walkers and runners took on the challenge of the Saltmarsh75.
A two day ultra-marathon, over 75 miles of some of England’s most unique and stunning coast line; the Saltmarsh Coast of the Maldon District.
Over 150 participants took part this year, some running, some walking and some as part of a relay team. Early Saturday morning, at Marsh Farm in South Woodham Ferrers, eager novices and apprehensive veterans gathered for the start. Day one saw a dry start and everyone made good progress along the River Crouch towards Burnham before embarking on the 13 miles stretch around to Bradwell-on-Sea and then Steeple. Those still out past 4pm also had to contend with heavy rain, strong winds and the fast approaching ‘Dengie’ darkness.
Sunday 8th October, day two, another early start for volunteers and participants, many of which had spent the night camping. But a hearty breakfast at The Star Inn Steeple saw over 100 people line up again for a further 35 miles. First towards Maldon before turning north east towards Tollesbury and the final finish line at Salcott. The good weather and dramatic tides where not enough to bolster everyone and many were forced to retire along the way. With support from Rover Rescue, RAYNET, EDMS (First Aid Support) and even the Goldhanger Sailing Club safety boat, all participants were well looked after and returned to safety. After a total of 11 and a half hours running ‘Legendary’ Colin Harper was the first individual to cross the finish line. To add to this accomplishment, Colin is one of only five people to have completed the Saltmarsh75 five times, along with James Haskey-Jones, Andy Layley, Gavin Brown & Javier Rubio.
Over the next 7 hours exhausted and elated participants ran, walked and stumbled across the Salcott finish line. Many discovering night time at Old Hall Marshes is just as dark as the Dengie.
Results for everyone are available at Racetek-live
We would like to thank all the supporters and spectators who came out to watch and cheer.