In short: just a few things missing In full: I did the 30k, its set in some very picturesque landscape but seemed to spend a lot of my time on tracks or roads with very high hedges so couldn't see much of it.
Where did the all the mile markers go, 1 to 10 were there, then just disappeared. Looks like it was just for the marathon course, would have been good to have them on all routes, maybe different colour for each route..
Was a lot of road for a trail run.
Could also have done with a bit more route marking. It was good in place, but in other non existent. Was long stretches without any signs, could have done with some red/white tape every now and again just to make sure you're on the right track.
In short: Excellet x-country run In full: Entered the 50k so a 8:45am start! Finished in 4hrs 42min. A very well organised event for a good cause. Plenty of friendly faces at the checkpoints. Plenty of quality checkpoints with food! Great map to go with the course and equally good sign posts. A fair few testing fields and hills. A good mix of road and off road. Excellent start and finish with use of the local leisure centre for showers. Well done to the fire brigade, the marshalls and st johns. Nice medal too. Will be back. Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: Very well organised but far too hard for me on a hot day. In full: I ran the 20k but although I did not get lost it turned out to be nearer 22k. I was very disappointed with my time until I saw the results and it was obvious that most people found it as hard as I did.The only reason I have said I would not do it again is because at my age I found it very very tough. Date of review: August 8, 2010
In short: 10k was excellent, 2 particularly interesting climbs and well marked out. In full: The weather was as big a challenge as anything being extremely hot this year but there were two water stations en route. There were two big climbs on a course that is half on/off road. Charging downhill straight across a road was a bit of a scare and there was no marker at a t-junction on the narrow path near the end but you are advised to suss the route via a good map beforehand. I'd do any of the Salisbury Fire Services races again - very good humoured. Local knowledge is helpful if you find yourself running alone and you're not Garmin enabled. The mix of races/walks is a great idea too. Date of review: August 14, 2009
In short: Fun, scenic, route marking could be better in places. In full: I had a great time doing this and I love that there are so many distances available: I did the 30k, my friend did the 20. The route marking was mostly excellent, which made it all the more puzzling when it was lacking. The zig-zag drop into Salisbury needed markings at junctions for sure. We were all issued with paper maps at the beginning, but obviously if the weather had been bad they would have been useless. Also the 30k course felt like it needed one more water station in the middle to me. Still, good fun. Date of review: August 12, 2009