In short: Well organised, stunning scenery, well marked and friendly In full: A cracking race. This is the first trail run where I have not needed to refer to the map or directions - the marathon route was well marked and I loved the string section through the yew trees. I know a few people thought there should have been more markers, but that's part of how trail running works - you take a map and use it as backup when necessary.
Lots of water stations (you can never have too many in the heat) with jelly babies.
There was a lot of tarmac for a trail marathon, but it was mostly quiet country lanes and didn't detract from what was a a great course, with plenty of stunning scenery.
Its great to see such a wide choice of distances at one event and accepting both walkers and runners.
Well organised - hardly any toilet queues, easy parking couldn't be closer to the start and all the marshals / volunteers were friendly.
I'll definitely be back to run this again. Date of review: August 8, 2010
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