Deputy Mayor Nick Skeens presenting bottles of bubbly to Tracey, the first female and Jamie, the first male across the half-marathon finishing line in Burnham’s Riverside Park. Shaun (far left) is the race director. © 2019 Saltmarsh Run organisers

The Saltmarsh Run, which now includes a 50 mile run along the Dengie coastline from South Woodham Ferrers to Maldon, has recieved high praise from runners and spectators.

The Saltmarsh Ultra Marathon sees runners completing 50 miles of the Maldon District’s 75 mile coastline in one day. Starting from Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, they received a warm welcome at the finish line in the picturesque Promenade Park.

For more on the Saltmarsh Coast Trail – click here.

Half marathon winner Jamie came in nearly ten minutes ahead of his nearest competitors. © 2019 Nick Skeens

Half-Marathon finishes in Burnham

The event also included a half-marathon, 13.1 miles, from South Woodham Ferrers to Burnham’s beautiful Riverside Park.  The event was open to runners and walkers of all abilities who want a rural trail challenge.

The event was organised by Maldon District Council in cooperation with Councillor Fiona Clegg.

Second-placed runner crosses the finish line. © 2019 Nick Skeens

‘Very well done to all from the competitors to the organisers … just superb’, wrote Belinda Allen on the event’s Facebook Page.

Burnham resident Joe Ball came in third. © 2019 Nick Skeens

Threatening rainclouds were held at bay, creating cool and sunny running conditions – perfect for the event.

Duncan Grant, one of the runners, said that the ‘Inaugural Saltmarsh 1/2 was a great organised event, so pleased I took part. Keep it coming every year.’

The final competitor is escorted over the finish line shortly after 2pm. Second-placed runner crosses the finish line. © 2019 Nick Skeens

Teresa Milbourn described it as an ‘awesome event! Well done and thank you to all the organisers and volunteers.’

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