In short: Off road extravaganza In full: This was my first marathon; it seemed a sensible choice given how much I enjoyed the half marathon in 2009. And it didn't let me down. "Superb", "Excellent". Superlatives can't do it justice.
Weather was a bit different this year, very muddy, slippery and wet. I hope the trails recover from the sodden footfalls of the participants quickly!
Great marshalling, signage and organisation.
I'll be back next year whatever the weather :) Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Superb organisation, great scenery, friendly atmosphere, aching muscles.... great fun! In full: First venture into off road distance running - loved it. So well organised. Dumped car at park and ride, got bus to Broughton, changed in village hall, enjoyed free cup of tea and biscuit and we were off! Once on the move the rain ceased to be an issue and we were free to enjoy the wonedrful scenery. Miles passed by failry quickly - helped by ace marshalls, but hills got harder and harder - especially the ones where the chalk started to show through. Had hoped to dip under 2hrs, but was in no way disappointed to clock 2.04 which is 15mins over my road PB. Great finish, loads of water and bananas on offer. Bag collection easy, showers not overly cold. Was back in car at park and ride within 40misn of finishing. All in all a great day out. Will be back next year. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Loved it! In full: It's all been said but the marshalls were fab and thank you again to Paul for being bonkers enough to allow on the day entries for all the events. Our last minute relay team had a blast! Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: superbly organised. Great mix of undulating hills woods and mud. In full: One of my favourite races whether wet, sunny muddy or windy(this year we had some of them all)Have run all 13 and Paul and the team seem to make it better and more popular each time. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: great course, will try it again on a dry year In full: Nothing more to say other than to echo everybody else's comments. Great route, fantastic organisation and wonderful support made for an 'enjoyable' day! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Slippery, muddy, rooty, hilly, wet, windy, tough and BRILLIANT! In full: Excellent race, weather though still damp and blustery no-where near as bad as forecast. Amazing number of hardy marshalls out on the course to whom much appreciation is due, and drinks stations just where I wanted them. Pretty tough with the hills and mud, but not ridiculously so. Good cameraderie and atmosphere, plus generous goody bags with water, bananas, snack bars etc. at end for a low entry fee. Definitely keen to get back for another crack in 2011. Put in a good effort toward front of half marathon pack and was glad of a good number of full marathon & relay runners ahead to keep reeling in. You could also play 'guess the distance' with the people in front, judging by the amount of mud plastered over them! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Mud and jelly babies In full: Amazing amount if drinks stations superb value for money. Considering the weather the number of volunteers makes you realise how special this one is. Confuses you to have relay runners whip past you in the latter stages bit this adds to the interest of the event Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: It's got everything for everyone! In full: I've just read through this year's reviews and thought that everything has already been said... the fantastic organization, frequent water stations with bananas and jelly babies, enthusiastic marshalls, excellent transport, wonderful competitors and MUD!! But I have to add that there's just something special about Clarendon that can't be put into words. Is it the mix of people and distances and the way they're arranged? Is it something historic about running along the oldest public footpath in the country that links 2 ancient cathedrals? I don't know - but I know that I'm drawn to come back every year now. It is my favourite race. Wet or dry. Old or young. Beginner or old pro. We did it together. And it's one marathon where the miles never get big!! (If you ran it you'll know what I mean!!) See you all again next year! And I'm counting the days!! :-) Date of review: October 4, 2010
In full: I attended as a spectator, supporting 3 runners, 2 in the marathon, 1 in the half. The race is excellently organised and comprises both a full marathon, half marathon and marathon relay (4 legs). This year the course being mainly off road was very muddy due to the very recent rain. Race day itself was fairly pleasant as the rain mainly held off and there was a sense of nervous anticipation at the start. At 10:30am the runners made their way out of Salisbury on the start of their journey. The organisation along the course was very impressive and all junctions and road crossings were well marshalled and signposted clearly to road users. The relay changeovers were slick, and at 12:15pm the half marathon runners set off. The second half is interesting with marathon and half marathon runners battling along the course side by side. The undulating nature of the course takes its toll later on and I think that a number of runners would have been pleased to turn that last corner into the finish. Again the finish area was well organised, and for those lucky enough to win a prize, the prize giving is split into 2 parts so that the early finishers can get their awards and head home. Well done to all involved and thanks to all the volunteers without who these events would not happen. Date of review: October 4, 2010