82 miles is a long way and conditions on the course can change very quickly, even in July. Sections of the course are extremely exposed, therefore it is essential that you are prepared for all weather conditions. We cannot give you your race number at registration if you are unable to produce all items on the mandatory kit list at registration.
Mandatory kit items must be carried at all times during the race and may be checked randomly on route. If you are found to be without any of the mandatory kit during the event you will not be allowed to continue. It may sound harsh and grumpy, but safety comes first.
Suitable shoes for off-road running/walking.
We strongly recommend trail shoes, but road shoes are permitted.
Backpack, race vest or waistpack etc.
To carry the mandatory items.
Waterproof jacket with taped seams.
Long sleeve top and full length trouser, legging or tight covering.
Head Torch and spare batteries/charger.
Rear red flashing light for the night time section.
This should be attached to your pack or back of the head torch band.
Some form of reflective aspects of clothing/backpack.
Fully charged mobile phone with race director number saved.
This number will be provided at the race briefing.
Water bottles/bladder of 1.5 litre minimum.
You must have the ability to carry at least 1.5 litres of water. In the event of hot weather we would recommend more. There are significant distances between checkpoints. Shops on the route should not be relied upon as they may not be open when you pass by.
Snacks will be available at the checkpoints but you should be sure to bring enough of what you know works for you.
Personal first aid kit
Comprising minimum of plasters, paracetamol, antihistamines and any personal medication.
Rigid cup or mug.
For hot and cold drinks at checkpoints.
£10 cash & bank card.
Recommended Extra Kit
GPX file of the route.
It is strongly recommended that you download the route onto your phone, watch or GPS device.
Physical map of the route.
It is important to remember that electronic devices can play up or fail, particularly if they get wet or cold. We therefore strongly recommend that you carry a detailed map of the route. The Essex Way is a well walked path and there are plenty of online route resources. Guidance notes, such as the narrative PDF's here will also be useful.
Hat & Gloves.