Running in Saltmarsh 75

THE SALTMARSH ULTRA MARATHON

The Saltmarsh Ultra Marathon will see participants tackle over 50 miles of the Maldon District’s 75 mile coastline in one day. Starting from Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers and following the coastal path around the Dengie Peninsular to the historic town of Maldon, and a warm welcome at the finish line in the picturesque Promenade Park. The Ultra is open to runners, walkers, duos and relay teams, the event will push participants to their limit. Spaces will be limited for this fully-supported and landmark event.

ENTRY FEES

The Saltmarsh Ultra - Saturday 5th October 2019

Individual runner or walker - £50 entry fee
Duo, a team of two running as a relay - £75 entry fee
Relay, a team of up to four running as a relay- £100 entry fee

(All these fees include transport from the finish, Maldon Prom, the the start, Marsh Farm, if required. Please note: there will not be transport from check points to the start or finish for duo or relay runners, this will be left for you to arrange)

Individuals and teams must be in good health and be capable of completing the 50 mile route within 17 hours at a minimum average speed of 3 mph. Advice should be sought if you are unsure of your capabilities.

Saltmarsh Half Marathon & Saltmarsh Ultra Marathon Terms and Conditions of Entry 2019

THE EVENT

The Saltmarsh Ultra is open to runners and walkers, individuals, duos and relay teams. Participants will take on 50 miles of the fantastic Saltmarsh Coastal Trail, one of the most unique and isolated coastal paths in the Country.

Although you can easily sign up to the Saltmarsh Ultra online, completing the course is the real challenge. You will experience the isolation of some of the most remote marshland in England, from sunrise to sunset. For more information, call 01621 856503 or email us at thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk.

Remember out in the Dengie no one can hear you scream!!!

The Start at SWF

THE ROUTE

SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS TO NORTH FAMBRIDGE
6.7 MILES

The trail starts in the Marsh Farm courtyard, heading onto the seawall near Creekview Road, north to Saltcoats Park, then south to Clementsgreen Creek before turning east following the River Crouch to North Fambridge. You will pass Blue House Farm nature reserve, a 605 acre (2.45 km²) Site of Special Scientific Interest and also a Special Protection Area. It is managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and is a working farm. You will also pass the five hundred year old Ferry Boat Inn in North Fambridge.

NORTH FAMBRIDGE TO BURNHAM ON CROUCH
8.7 MILES

This section offers expansive views of the River Crouch from the heady heights of the 'Burnham Cliffs' and takes you past Bridgemarsh Island and the peaceful, undisturbed settlement of Creeksea, said by some sources to be the site where King Canute tried to push back the waves. You'll pass the Grade II listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, designed by Joseph Emberton in 1932.

BURNHAM ON CROUCH TO ST. PETER'S CHAPEL, BRADWELL
13.6 MILES

The big one! This stretch is as hostile and remote as it is unique and noteworthy. Towards the north eastern tip of the Dengie Peninsula, is the Grade I listed St. Peter's Chapel, the oldest intact Christian chapel in England, which dates back to 654AD. The chapel overlooks an old World War II fighter plane training area, and the remains of artillery and aircraft paraphernalia can be seen at low tide.

ST PETER'S CHAPEL TO BRADWELL WATERSIDE
3.3 MILES

A contrast of energies, as you pass Bradwell's new windfarm, as well as one of Britain's original nuclear power stations (now decommisioned). Following a shingle beach for two miles, you arrive at Bradwell Marina, which is well known for its charter fishing.

BRADWELL WATERSIDE TO ST. LAWRENCE
4.3 MILES

Another peaceful section with views of the Blackwater's sandbanks and hundreds of wading birds at low tide. This leg finishes in the waterside village of St. Lawrence, well known for its watersports, including boating, jet skiing and much more.

ST. LAWRENCE TO STEEPLE
3.2 MILES

St Lawrence to Steeple is among the most picturesque legs. Osea Island, a remote holiday island accessible only by causeway and helicopter, soon comes into view, providing the perfect backdrop for the approach into Steeple.

 

Sailing Barge on the Blackwater
STEEPLE TO MAYLANDSEA
3.2 MILES

A short and picturesque section, passing Osea Island. The inter-tidal saltmarsh and mud flats provide a habitat for Brent geese, grey plovers and black-tailed godwits. The island was once the refuge of Amy Winehouse and several television programs have been filmed here.

MAYLANDSEA TO MALDON, Promenade Park
7.8 MILES

Leaving Lawling Creek, towards the National Trust Reserve of Northey Island, site of the Battle of Maldon 991AD. The statue of fallen Saxon leader Brythnoth and the red sails of the Thames Sailing Barges and heralds competitors' arrival into Maldon's famous Promenade Park.

Saltmarsh75 - 'Done'
Prom Park and Hythe Quay

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Want to get in touch with us and ask a question about all things Saltmarsh? Feel free to drop us an email at thesaltmarsh75@maldon.gov.uk or call one of the fabulous Saltmarsh team on 01621 876268.

We are ready and waiting to inform, inspire, motivate and entice you into possibly the best event to be held in the Maldon District .... Essex ........  England ............ the UK and maybe even ...................the whole world!!!!!