The Saltmarsh 75

Fancy Volunteering at Saltmarsh 75??

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I’m sure many of you who have previously entered or helped with the Saltmarsh 75 will remember Vicky…

…well, sadly Vicky left us at Christmas for pastures new. Vicky was our logistics queen, and the lady we relied on to pull all our wonderful volunteers together and us in the right places at the right time.

We miss Vicky.

The good news is that Vicky will be back to help this year, but she’s asked me to gather together volunteers for the weekend.

Saltmarsh 75 would never have happened over the past three years without our amazing cohort of volunteers who do everything from staff checkpoints along the route to provide transportation and catering. We are now looking to recruit volunteers to help Vicky and her trainee logistic replacements to run this year’s event.

so if you can:

• Retain a friendly demeanour and sense of humour in freezing temperatures and torrential rain
• Give up a maximum of 6 hours over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2016

please email thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk to let us know you’d like to be involved!

There is a comprehensive remuneration package for all volunteers which includes an official Saltmarsh 75 pin badge (not available in the shops) and all the golden syrup cake you can eat…

Entries for the Saltmarsh 75 2016 are Now Open!

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ENTRY FORMS:

Individual entry (full weekend and single day only)
Relay team entry

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The fourth annual Saltmarsh 75 will take place on Saturday October 1st and Sunday October 2nd.

Once again, prices for 2016′s event have been frozen at the following 2014 prices:

Early Bird Full Weekend: £60
The early bird entry opens on January 4th 2016 and finishes at 5pm, April 1st 2016. The price for full weekend entries go up to £75 after that.

Single Days: £45
Relay Team: £120

Prices include full medical and marshal support, transport of equipment and food to any checkpoint during the weekend, food and drinks at checkpoints, transport back to the start from the finish, and much, much more.

There are camping and food options also available, which you can choose when filling in the form.

The closing date for receipt is Friday 26th August 2015 or earlier if the 200 individual competitor limit is reached.

As always, thank you for your support.

If you’d like to be kept updated with event progress, please check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/saltmarsh75) and Twitter stream (www.twitter.com/saltmarsh75).

You can also contact us by emailing thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk.

Saltmarsh 75 Number 4 – 1st & 2nd October 2016

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We’re delighted to announce that the 4th annual Saltmarsh 75 will take place over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2016.

Entries will open on Monday January 4th 2016, and a secure online entry and payment form will be available from this website. Prices will be released nearer the time.

If you would like to be kept up to speed with announcements, news or just need a reminder of entry opening, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or sign up for the SM75 newsletter via the Stay Updated box.

See you in October!

The One Where We Say Thank You

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If you’ve visited the Saltmarsh 75 Facebook page before then you’ll know that my posts tend to be the lengthy ones. As I’ve been let loose on the blog, I recommend that you go and make yourself a nice cup of tea because we could be here a while.

Are you sitting comfortably? Yes? Good, then I shall begin.

During this year’s volunteer briefings, I mentioned that the Saltmarsh runs on a vast amount of goodwill, and with the dust settling on the 2015 Saltmarsh, it’d be wrong not to take the opportunity to say thank you to a few people. This is by no means a definitive list, if it was, you’d be reading it until the 2016 event.

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Saltmarsh 75 2015 Finishing Times

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Finishing times for the 2015 Saltmarsh 75 (including one dayers and relays) are now available, and can be viewed from the links below:

Full 75 mile event
Saturday only results
Sunday only results
Relay team results

Congratulations to everyone that took part. We love putting this event on so much, and this is due in no small part to the amazing entrants we get every year. 2015 was certainly no exception to this.

And the weather was great. :)

Congratulations to first man home Chris Seymour, who was 11 minutes quicker over the two days than 2013 winner Paul Nickells. Congratulations also to first lady Maryvonne Hassall, who beat 2013 and 2014 ladies winner Tracy Harrington by 22 minutes.

Some honourable mentions to come, but can we also have a big group hug for 2014 finisher Shawn Leek, whose car broke down on the way to Steeple and therefore couldn’t complete this year’s SM75.

The number of finishers was well up on previous years, with 54% of starters completing the whole 75 miles. This is compared to 39 and 40 % respectively in 2013 and 2014.

Once again, thank you all for taking part in the Saltmarsh 75, and we hope to see you next year.

If you spot any discrepancies in the results, please email us at thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk.

Tips for First Time Saltmarshers From a Two Time Finisher

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Veteran of both previous Saltmarsh 75s and Marathon des Sables finisher David Kelly has kindly put together some advice for anyone taking on the SM75 for the first time.

David has been a very vocal supporter of the Saltmarsh 75, and we’re very touched that he’s taken the time to jot his experience down in words. Thanks David!

If anyone other Saltmarshers have any advice they’d like to share, please feel free to send them this way and we’ll add them to the website.

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This is an amazing event that deserves to run and run.

If you are wondering whether you could cope with a 2 day event here are my thoughts having done a bit in the past.

Obviously recovery at the end of day one is critical if you want to start the next morning. A good recovery drink very soon after finishing on day one plus a massage will help (if you are in any fit state to remember!) Eat well and sleep as well as you can that night!

Don’t take any NSAIDs (ibuprofen, diclofenac, aspirin) until you have rehydrated and are passing lots of clear urine.
Compression leggings for calves are reckoned to decrease muscle damage and therefore decrease pain and stiffness on the following day.

Obviously you need to try out everything in training as you don’t want surprises during the event. As we are about to enter the last few weeks now is a great time to try out anything new, equipment, clothing, nutrition, drinks, shoes, socks, backpacks, eye ware, under ware (ladies especially), heart rate monitors, GPS devices etc.

Try to do some training on the actual course, especially the more remote sections. Always carry a phone in case of emergencies, yours or people you may meet.

Try to do some training in cold wet windy weather because despite 3/4 days so far having been fine in past events, October on the North Sea coast could be spectacularly cold wet and windy!

Have a great time training!

Hello Trail Running Readers

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Hello to our new friends visiting us for the first time, hopefully because of our advert in the fabulous Trail Running magazine. If you’re into Facebook and twitter and you want to, please like us and follow us to stay up to date with all matters Saltmarsh 75.

What is the Saltmarsh 75?
The Saltmarsh 75 is a two day 75 mile challenge that follows the coastal footpaths around some of the most remote parts of England. Independent travel writer Simon Calder called the area ‘one of the few wilderness experiences in the south’. Essex has a certain reputation and this event will challenge your perceptions. It’s about as far away from TOWIE as possible.

Do We Look After You?
All competitors are well looked after, with well stocked water and food stations, rescue teams and full medical cover throughout the event.
You can enter for just one day or as a relay team, you can run, walk or do both but only those completing the whole route get one of our coveted finishers medals.

And if you want a few more reasons to enter the Saltmarsh 75, here’s 10 more to tempt you…

Win a Place in the Saltmarsh 75
You’ll find details of how to enter on here or you could try entering Trail Running Mag’s competition by clicking here to see if you can win yourself a free entry.

It would be great to see you at the start line but we’d love it even if more if we saw you cross the finish line. Remember just because its flat, it doesn’t make it easy. :)

Our 10 Favourite Saltmarsh 75 Photos

We’ve been working through photos of Saltmarsh 75 2013 and 2014 so we can put together a gallery for the website.

This has been a terrific thing for us to do, remembering the two great weekends and how much we enjoyed putting the event on.

Here are 10 of our favourite photos, and the stories behind them:

Drone Photos, SM75 2014
We hired a drone photographer to take some overhead shots of the course last year, and these are two photos of the section between Burnham and Bradwell. This is the most remote leg, with just Saltmarsh and water for company. We really love the way these photos show just how isolated runners and walkers are.

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10 Reasons to Enter the Saltmarsh 75

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We’ve had a few people umming and erring about whether to take on the Saltmarsh 75, so if you’re unsure or maybe you’ve never heard of our event before, here’s 10 Reasons to Enter the Saltmarsh 75, just for you…

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Entering the Saltmarsh 75 as a Relay Team

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Afternoon Saltmarshers!

We’ve been getting some questions at Saltmarsh HQ about entering a relay team, so I thought I would explain what to do in the three situations that you might find yourself in.

Option A

“My 5 friends and I are thinking of entering a relay team, and we’d like to each walk two of the 12 legs individually.”

You should enter the Saltmarsh 75 as one relay team: 6 people, two legs each.

This option is open to a team of 12 people max, where each person walks one leg each, or a mimum of 2 people, where each person walks every other leg.

Option B

“My 5 friends and I would like to walk the legs in pairs.”

You should enter the Saltmarsh 75 as two relay teams of three.

For this option you need to be incredibly careful about who you place in each team, because participants will be unable to switch teams throughout the event.

Again, this option can be scaled up to a maximum of 12 people per team or scaled down to a minimum of 2 people per team.

Option C

“My 5 friends and I would all like to walk the whole route together.”

You are not a relay team. You should enter the Saltmarsh 75 as 6 individual competitors.

We think it’s great that you want to take on the Saltmarsh 75 as a group, and the more the merrier, but you will each need to enter as individual competitors.

And Finally…

Of course, there are any number of ways that you can structure your relay team. For example, there could be 8 of you who want to mix up the legs, or maybe 3 doing 4 legs.

If in doubt, give us a shout.

You will need to enter your relay team by the closing date of Friday 28 August 2015. You will then have a little extra time to ensure that we have all of the necessary medical and emergency contact information for your team. We need this information, and details of who will be walking each leg two weeks before the event (that’s Friday 18 September 2015).

This might seem very early, but we need this time to collate all competitor information ready to pass over to our medical and support teams who need to know exactly who will be on the course and when.

If you’re still a little unsure about entering a relay team, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to talk things through with you! You can email us at thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk or call us on 01621 875836.

Have a great weekend,

Saltmarsh Vicky :)

About the Saltmarsh 75

Could you complete 75 miles of England’s most unique coast line in just 2 days?

That’s the challenge laid down by the Saltmarsh 75, a long distance trail covering the entire coast of the Maldon district, Essex.
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Previous Saltmarshers said…

"You have created something very special with an amazing bunch of individuals.

I must have done over 100 ultras (very slowly) and this ranks right up there for me." - David Giles

"One of the best events I've been part of... a real "family feel" to the whole event.... Well done. Wow! Amazing, best ultra EVER."" - Ian Brazier

"Staff were fantastic as we're all the volunteers. As the saying goes, organised to within an inch of it's life! I hope you realise this is how the London Marathon started..." - Clare Burrell

[ click here to see more feedback from 2013 and 2014 ]

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