Getting there by car
For those with Sat-Nav you are aiming for:-
Halstead Leisure Centre
Colne Road, Halstead, Essex CO9 2HR
Tel. 01787 472480
For those who don't, here's some detailing directions of how to get there by car.
From London and the West - Halstead is just over half an hour’s driving from the M11 junction of the M25 (junction 27). Take the M11 north to Junction 8 (Stansted Airport and Birchhanger Services). From Junction 8 of the M11 take the A120 East shown 'Stansted Airport and A120 Colchester' to the Braintree Bypass and follow signs 'A131 Sudbury' . Go right round the bypass to the A131 for the last five miles to Halstead. When you arrive at Halstead, go straight through the town, up the hill, straight over the two mini roundabouts continuing in the direction of Sudbury. After about 400 yards, you will need to turn right into Colne Road (with its speed bumps) This turn will be signed and marshalled at the busy period before the start. Race HQ is ~ 400 yards on your left and parking just passed that on your right (marshalled).
From the North and Midlands – Take the A1 & M14 to join the M11 near Cambridge then south to Junction 8. See above for directions from the M11.
From the Southeast – Leave the M25 at Brentwood (junction 28) and take the A12 northeast, passing Chelmsford. Turn off at Witham and follow signs for Braintree (B1018). On the approach to Braintree you will pick up the A120 / Braintree by-pass; follow signs for Halstead (A131). See above for directions from the A120.
From the A1124 Junction with the A12 - continue along the A1124 for the last 9 miles to Halstead. The A12 is a boring dual carriageway almost up to motorway specifications in places; which makes the A1124 a pleasant experience for those not in a hurry. A designated scenic route, it winds through the Colne Valley passing down the half-timbered main streets of Ford Street, Chappel (with spectacular viaduct over the valley), White Colne, Wakes Colne and Earls Colne until, just as you enter Halstead after passing the small industrial estate, you take Colne Road on your right. The junction will be signed and also marshalled at the busy period before the start. You will soon arrive at the race headquarters and be directed to the adjacent car park.
From East Anglia – Travel south down the A12 driving round the Colchester bypass until you reach the A1124 Junction. See above for directions from the A12.
From Harwich Car Ferry (28 Miles) - Take the A120 to Colchester and drive round the bypass to the A1124 Junction. See above for directions from the A12.
From Felixstowe Car Ferry (37 miles) - Take the A14 to A12 junction. Travel south (London and Colchester) and drive round the Colchester bypass to the A1124 Junction. See above for directions from the A12.
From Stansted Airport See above for directions from the M11.
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