AN ULTRA marathon returned to the Maldon district for its sixth year.

The Saltmarsh75 sees competitors tackle 75 miles of the unique Saltmarsh coastline around the edges of the Dengie peninsula.

This year welcomed the return of the regulars and veterans, along with a new crop of “saltmarshes”.

The start of the ultra-marathon on Saturday saw a huge downpour, with all but the very fastest runners getting a thorough soaking well in to the night.

Sunday saw clear skies and a cool breeze, meaning there were record-breaking times.

Saltmarsh newbie Tim Ballard was the first solo runner into Salcott in 11 hours and nine minutes, beaten only by the efforts of relay teams A Running Joke, Custard Cream, and MEC 1.

Sunday ended with all home safely when the three final walkers crossed the line after 26 hours of walking.

A spokesperson for E J Taylor & Sons, who sponsored the event, said: “E J Taylor & Sons are very proud to be an established part of the Maldon district for over 50 years.

“We endeavour to support local business and events where we can and to be involved with an endurance event of this kind, showing off our amazing Essex coastline, is a fantastic opportunity for all.

“We were also very proud to enter an EJT team who are running to raise money for our chosen charity ‘Kids Inspire’.”

On Saturday, Penny Channer, chairman of the Maldon District Council’s planning and licensing committee, and Brenda Harker, vice-chairman of the community services committee, set off the competitors.

On Sunday, Mrs Channer again set off the competitors. She said; “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. This is a fantastic and unique event which supports our objective to promote the district as a destination of choice.”

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