“The Halstead and Essex Marathon was so much harder than London,” says Jude Allen, SweetTree Farming For All founder and fundraising runner of 12 marathons in 12 months.
“It was hot and hilly but also through amazing countryside with horses, geese and alpacas all en route and mainly in the middle of the road. The route wound through stunning thatched cottage villages that wouldn’t have been out of place on Midsomer Murders location sets.
“I met some inspirational runners:
John, aged 78, completing his 393rd marathon, who was “just going to take it easy” and aim for a 5-hour 15-minute finish! Robbie Red Hat, aged 81 and running his 446th marathon (“I’m aiming for 450 of ’em before I kick the bucket”); and a blind competitor hurtling along with his guide.
“I struggled from the start with heat, hills, a wonky leg and with no one running my pace so alone for most of it but I made it in 5 hours 56 and just happy to be home after breaking down on the way back (the car that is, not me; emotionally or physically).
“I got a lift to my front door in a wheelbarrow from a neighbour as he couldn’t bare to watch me try to walk any longer! Thanks again all the #12m12m crew at the run and also behind the scenes.