Maldon Half Marathon Results
25 September 2016 - By Anita Grainger
5 WRC members took on Maldon half today in much cooler conditions than last year. The course is a beautiful course taking in nice country lanes around Nounsley, Ulting and Woodham Walter although a tad hilly in places!
The course starts in the centre of Maldon at Plume Upper school and goes towards the high street with a fairly quick descent over the first 2 miles which can lead to fast splits for these miles. The course then heads out along the causeway towards Langford for the flat section of the course before climbing up the first and longest hill towards Nounsley where we encountered an interesting character driving a land rover trying their luck to see if they could speed through runners. Luckily they came to their senses after being ‘politely’ advised by runners to slow down!
After the first long hill the course then heads down through (or rather round ) the ford and the 7 mile mark before the next hill followed by a welcome downhill and a small flattish brief interlude before the next uphill. In fact the next few miles can be described as a bit of a rollercoaster of hills and dips towards and through Ulting, some longer than others. The course then heads towards Woodham Walter and onto what felt like a looooong hill leading up to the 12 mile point along the appropriately named Cut-a-Thwart lane. I say long as it seemed to go on longer than expected, especially with a sneaky right hand turn up to the rest of the hill into Abbey Turning, which one could mistake for the top of the hill, I know I did!
The course, now in the outskirts of Maldon, goes under the Maldon bypass for, yep you guessed it, one last hill before the final downhill towards the finish!
Paul Chandler was out first runner home in 1.35.14 with Simon Scott close on his heels. Anita Grainger was our first lady home in a new PB of 1:50:38. Andy White and Sue Smith successfully took on their first half marathon completing the WRC representation. Well done all , full results below;