In short: Not easy, not at all, but well organised, friendly fellow runners and really beautiful so worth the pain! In full: This was my first ever marathon and I decided to take part on a whim- I run regularly but really only up to 10 miles. Was it a sensible thing to do? No. Do I regret it? Not one bit, despite having to walk the last 6 miles.
The first 13 miles flew- the scenery was incredible, there were plenty of water stations with jelly babies and some very friendly fellow runners who were happy to pass the time of day.
My only slight issue is that as course got harder and you got more tired, so the water stations began to dwindle- I was gasping by the time I got to the checkpoint in the forest and the one at mile 25 would have been welcome far sooner.
In all, it was a fantastic day and I would definitely do it again- with proper training though next time! Oh, and big thanks to Darren who towed me up a hill and provided much encouragement while at the same time looking after his injured companion- such a gent. Date of review: August 10, 2010
In short: Brilliant! In full: my hub and I ran the marathon as a long training run and enjoyed evey minute. Organisation was superb - parking next to start, free showers, lots of loos. the race itself was fairly challenging but very beautiful in parts - especially the Yew wood where you had to follow the string. The cornfield was tough in the heat but it was such a friendly race that we passed the miles chatting to lots of great people. The marshalls on the drinks statins were wonderful as were the other competitors - especially the ones who yelled us back when we took a wrong turn! An excellent race and even more remarkable considering the range of distances availbale. Only downside would be the people of Salisbury....would have been fab to have had a bit more reaction in the sreets near the finish of the race insted of feeling like a nutcase running through a shopping centre!!!
In short: some lovely views, nice atmosphere - but too much road and boring last few miles! In full: there are lots and lots of good bits to the marathon - the first 18-ish miles are lovely, great views, not too hilly. Really friendly well-stocked water-stations, reasonable route-marking and good maps. Nice laid-back atmosphere, too. But there were some bad bits - lots of road for a trail marathon, a sudden lack of signage at about 19-20 miles and an interminable, flat, hard-surfaced last few miles that really sapped my will to live! I wonder if there;s any way the distance could be made up earlier, out in the fields/woods, and then the course brought more directly into Salisbury at the end instead of through what felt like miles of village roads and pavements? A good event though, and great value. Tough in the heat! Date of review: August 10, 2010
In short: Excellent organisation. Very welcoming, beautiful scenery, hills challenging especially in the heat, friendly water stations, great medal and a fabulous atmosphere at the end with the band playing.....see you next year! In full: I did the 20k and was a bit nervous after reading that it was easy to get lost (I have no sense of direction). I cannot comment on the other distances but the 20k was very well marked and I had no issues except the realisation at 12.5 miles that I wasn't at the fire station and it was going to be longer than 20k, more like 13.58 miles according to my Garmin! Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Race HQ and parking v.good. Check your map as signage slightly lacking on 10k (and distance markers!) Difficult job organising 5 distances though, so understandable. Tough course in summer heat Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Too much road for a trail event In full: Moved up to the marathon this year, having done the 30k for the last two. Too much road for a trail event, was wearing trail shoes, and would have been better off in road shoes. No problems navigating the course, well marked, and I particularly enjoyed the section through the Yew Woods. Second loop was not so good, especially section along A36 at Wilton. Plenty on water stations with friendly marshalls. Think I'll probably stick to the 30k on this event in the future. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Another great race - fantastic organisation grats Ludo again!! In full: I have been doing this for a few years and remeber when it was mainly walkers with a handfull of runners. The race has now matured but still retains its freindly personable atmosphere, and where else can you find a great choice of distances and fantastic scenery. Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: Like clockwork In full: Organisation is stupendous - park next to the start line. Number collection and baggage drop were quick, map and details were clear. I did the 50K -although the GPS sais it was shorter than that - still how can I complain when the start line appeared sooner than I had expected. No major hills, all are runable, the do on and one though. lots of undulations out there, keep the head down and don't think about. plenty of nutters on the course - check out tyregirl.com, and plenty of people using this as a training run - mad people.
Overall really enjoyed this one Date of review: August 9, 2010
In short: A lot of events going on, so a big well done. In full: Yes, there could have been one or two more markers for those who don't now the area. But that is why they gave us maps! I cannot imagine what level of hard work goes into organising an event that has 10,20,30,42 and 50K runs all at the same time. Plus walks. A fantastic effort. My only let down was the public and tourists as you came through the town and past the cathedral, they just stood a gawped at you. As this is my home city i would have hoped they would have given all those who attended from afar a cheer. I apologise on behalf of them. But of course this was nothing to do with, and should not deract from, the efforts of all the organisers, marshalls and everyone who put themselves out to make yet another great day out for us runners. Thank you. Date of review: August 9, 2010