SALTMARSH Ultra Marathon - Saturday 3rd October 2020

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The Saltmarsh Ultra Marathon (38 miles). CANCELLED

Well, we’ve always said 2020 was going to be conditional upon Covid-19 restrictions not being re-instated….and unfortunately we have had to make the decision to cancel the Ultra for 3rd October 2020.

Whilst there may appear to be some wiggle room around the new restrictions as to what constitutes a group/club/team organised activity, following discussions with colleagues internally and Public Health at County level, it has been universally agreed that the Saltmarsh Ultra is too high a risk – even with the new procedures we had planned.

We absolutely appreciate all of the support and positivity that you as our Saltmarsh ‘family’ have provided to Saltmarsh HQ and we know that you will be able to find (or have already!) exemptions/examples that would mean that the event could potentially go ahead.

However please bear in mind that Saltmarsh HQ is, in reality, a small number of Maldon District Council staff who like crazy things and the Coastline. Individually, with our colleagues, and other partners, we have been involved in & delivered an enormous amount of (largely unseen) work over the last 6 months in order to support our residents, communities, businesses, and those who are vulnerable or in need, during this global pandemic.

We cannot in good conscience go ahead and put the public at risk, or be seen as a ‘green light’ for others to plan or proceed with activities that could ultimately cause this virus to spread unnecessarily.

Of course we have given consideration to putting on a ‘Virtual’ event…..but honestly, the time has come to call this a ‘fallow’ year for the Saltmarsh event and come back next year bigger, stronger and brighter.
We have a whole host of ideas for increasing the number of events we could do, a big-ish re-branding linked to that, the England Coast path creation through the whole District hopefully being completed, an 850th Anniversary (yes, 8-5-0!) to make the most of, and generally hoping that some things do actually get back toward normal soon…

We as a team are incredibly disappointed, especially as the medals arrived yesterday also... but largely we do not want to let anyone down. We know how many of you have been looking forward to it and training hard. Please don't stop - we will be back, as soon as is safe to do so.
We really must do a shout out to our wonderful partners who without them we would not be able to deliver this event and for their support in trying to achieve the Ultra this year. Thank you EssexRAYNET, Essex 4x4 Response & Essex Community First Aid Volunteers Events and Training. 

Full refunds are available or deferrals on to the next the event. We will automatically put you on our deferral list unless you contact us and request a refund – and if you do wish for a refund please can you email: 

Stay safe Saltmarshers – be kind, be considerate…be the event family that we know you are!


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Terms and Conditions

Please read the terms and conditions below thoroughly before proceeding with entry to the Saltmarsh Ultra-Marathon.

Be aware; the Saltmarsh Ultra-Marathon is both physically and mentally demanding so please consider this before entering.

The Saltmarsh Ultra-Marathon is a descriptive 38-mile timed trail challenge event. To ensure we can provide a COVID- safe environment we have reduced this for 2020 from the originally planned 52 miles.

The event takes place, mostly, along Maldon District seawall and pathways with a couple of short sections on minor public roads. You will be provided with a narrative description and map of the course as route signage will be limited and there are minimal marshals on the course.

All entrants should ensure they have trained accordingly to ensure they are in good health (physical and mental). If you have suffered recent illness or injury you are strongly advised to seek professional advice before entering or participating in this event.

A GPX file for the Ultra will be available to download onto your navigation devices nearer the time.

We request that all participants have studied the route map and made any key notes deemed necessary by yourselves, especially if you have not entered this event before. There are some changes for this year’s event so please double check it even if you are familiar with the route.
We also suggest saving the link onto mobile device(s) that will be with you whilst on the course as the map can be used for navigation and location reference.

Before submitting your entry, please ensure you have read and understood all information and conditions of entry. If you have any questions, please contact us before entering.

By submitting an entry, you declare you have read, understood and agreed to abide by the rules of the event, British Athletics/Trail Running Association regulations and to follow any reasonable instructions issued by the Event Organisers. Also, you are confirming that you are participating at your own risk and that no liability is accepted by the Organisers for injury, damage or loss sustained by yourself before, during or after the event. Those who require insurance cover against possible injury and/or loss of, or damage to property, should make their own arrangements.
General questions may be sent via Facebook, any specific personal enquiries should be emailed to or

The Organisers reserve the right to change the event in any way considered appropriate to the prevailing conditions. Any changes will be communicated to participants via email, social media and the event website at the earliest possible opportunity. If the event must be rescheduled or cancelled through no fault of the event Organisers, including any Force Majeure event* such as a localised lockdown, no refunds will be made but entries will be transferred forward to the rescheduled or following year’s event.


The Organisers have revised the way in which this event can take place in line with the current Government guidance, this is subject to change and therefore we reserve the right to make last minute alterations to ensure we are COVID secure. The health and safety of you, and our amazing team + the general public is our top priority.

If you feel unwell on the day – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.

At present (as of 12 August 2020) these are the revised changes to previous years. Please read these carefully before entering:

Once you have a confirmed place, you will receive a starters pack no later than 1 week before the event. We will communicate via social media that the packs have been sent by email and you should inform us as soon as possible if you have not received your pack.

Serious bit…Within that pack we will be providing details of a virtual briefing. This is a mandatory briefing that all must attend before we will allow you to officially start.

The start will be at Riverside Park, Burnham-On-Crouch this year to enable us to spread out and to put adequate social distancing measures in place.

This year we will be starting you off in small groups rather than all together to allow for adequate space between participants.

Most of the route has wide pathways, however in some areas we will expect you to wear a face covering such as at each checkpoint and especially at the start until after you leave the waterfront of Burnham, passing the Royal Corinthian Sailing Club. We will be providing beautifully branded masks or you can bring your own if you prefer. For those of you who may be unable to wear a mask, please just get in touch with us so we can discuss a suitable alternative.

You will be asked to let us know which speed bracket you think is most appropriate for you. This is not a competition – it is purely for us to work out the best groupings. Please be honest and if you are not sure, do get in touch so we can help decide with you. For those who are slightly more competitive everyone will have chip timers no matter what time you start – however it is important they are not just put in a bag, otherwise you won’t get a clear time & we get a tad stressed when we can’t track you!

Within your starters pack we will allocate you a 30 mins arrival slot. Please be on time and we will try our best to stick to our timing plan – however this may slip, so please bear with us as this is all new to us too. More details will be within the starter pack.

Please keep spectators to a minimum – we don’t want to take away the vibrancy of the event but please keep to under 6 per entrant. A large area will be clearly marked at the finish for spectators to await your arrival but we do expect social distance precautions to be followed also please.

Both the Start/Finish + checkpoints will have clear signage and precautions in place, to direct you to check-ins. Hand sanitizer will be provided to you individually and at each checkpoint. All our team will be wearing appropriate PPE.

We would encourage you to bring your own water bottles and we will be also provide water in plastic bottles, but request you crush and carry to the next checkpoint recycling point so we can dispose of it safely.

Any additional updates or changes will be communicated via our Facebook page (@saltmarsh75) and website + will be in your starter pack.

As usual our amazing team of volunteers and coordinators will be there to help you. We know it will be different in some ways, but we are confident it will still be an incredible day and we cannot wait.

General Conditions
All Saltmarsh Ultra-Marathon participants must be 20 years of age or over on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
Closing date for entries is Sunday 20th September 2020 or earlier if the entry limit has been reached (300 for the Saltmarsh Ultra, including duo teams).

Incomplete entry forms will not be processed until all information and full payment has been received.
No entries will be accepted on the day.
No allowance can be made for late arrivals on the day.
Regrettably, dogs are not permitted except registered assistance dogs.
Participants must be in good health and be capable of completing the route at a minimum average speed of 3 mph. Participants will have 13 hours to complete the 38-mile route. Advice should be sought if you are unsure of your capabilities.
Participants must keep to the prescribed route and act appropriately at all times.
Participants must follow all reasonable requests from event marshals and support staff.
The Race Director reserves the right to retire any participant at any point on the course if they deem it necessary based on health & safety, participant wellbeing, failure to achieve cut off times and general health concerns.
Any Saltmarsh Ultra-Marathon participant who arrives at Maylandsea (Checkpoint 2) later than 10 hours & 15 minutes after starting, will be retired automatically on the grounds of wellbeing and safety.

Any participant who wishes to retire or leave the event route for any reason must do so at a Check Point or Water Point, informing the checkpoint staff as soon as possible. Should you be unable to make it to a checkpoint or water point you must ring Event Control via the number provided on the route directions, so we can arrange a suitable extraction. Our safety teams will be out on the course and would love to assist you if you need help. Please do not attempt to get picked up by friends or family without speaking to us first.

Mandatory Equipment for all:

Participants must wear and/or carry appropriate clothing for the predicted weather conditions – the route is predominantly off-road, exposed, and with little opportunity for shelter. Should extreme weather be forecast leading up to the event day additional advice will be issued by the Organisers via email, social media and the Saltmarsh website.

All participants must display their participant number on their front and participants may be required to register with race officials at every Check Point. COVID secure precautions will be in place at every checkpoint.

Bone conducting ear phones are permitted. No other type of headphone is to be worn and no amplified music please. This is for participant safety as some of the route is on minor public roads.
All participants must carry a charged mobile phone along with the race number that has been provided at registration.
Participants must carry a copy of the provided route description & map at all times, regardless of whether they have a GPX option.
Participants must also carry a good quality torch or head torch, regardless of their expected completion time.
Participants should not rely on food and drink provided by the event organisers and should always carry at least 500ml of water or drink, as well as any desired items like energy bars etc.

We can distribute small packages of your personal drinks, nutrition or equipment to Check Point(s) only (not to water stops) on the route. Please note that the definition of a small package would contain a 500ml bottle of drink, sandwich, snack bar and perhaps one or two small items of clothing. Details of how this will work will come in our starters pack.
Please bear in mind if you leave items at any Check Point you may finish the event before those items are delivered to the finish. We cannot guarantee those items being delivered at a time that suits you due to the nature of the work of the Logistics Team. If the item(s) are valuable or are required at the finish, please carry them with you.

Any of your items arriving after you have left, or are forgotten, will be held at Saltmarsh HQ for 14 days. Any items not claimed and collected within the 14 days will then be redirected to a local charity shop or disposed of.

Cancellations / Refunds
Should you need to cancel your entry we must be notified in writing or email by the person who made the booking.
Cancellations made earlier than 60 days (3rd August 2020) before the closing date will be fully refunded minus a £5 admin fee.
Cancellations made within 60 calendar days of the event, but less than 30 calendar days will be refunded minus a £10 admin fee.
Cancellations made within 30 calendar days of the event will not be refundable, however, you do have the option to defer your entry to the follow year. 

In light of the current Health situation we will allow participants to defer to our next event irrespective of above.

Data Protection
The data submitted with your entry is processed by Maldon District Council (the Data Controller) for the administration of this event only. It is only shared where necessary for the safe running of the event with medical & emergency response teams, event officials and the results service provider (name, event category and race number only). Any medical information and next-of-kin data is deleted three months after the event.
We do not share your data with any marketing companies and will only contact you in relation to this event. We would like to keep your data to be able to keep you informed of future events.
To change this permission, or ask us to remove your data contact us at
Further details about how we protect your data can be found in our Terms & Conditions on the Council’s website For more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer on 01621 876224 or

*Force Majeure Event means any circumstance not within a party's reasonable control including, without limitation:
acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disaster including epidemic or pandemic.

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