In short: Very scenic 28 mile marathon In full: nice event there was a lot more road than expected but i had my road shoes on so no problem.I was a bit worried about finding my way from the route description and map but the course was well marked and i did'nt go wrong at all.As this is mainly a walking event there were no times or placings taken so no pressure really .Nice medal and badge at the end as well.if you dont fancy the marathon try the 10 20 30 or 40k options . Date of review: August 13, 2006
In short: Gloriously scenic off-road marathon In full: A fantastic event over the classic marathon distance of, er 27.5 miles (according to my Garmin). Oh well, these sort of quirky events are not supposed to be precise.I would have been more upset if it had been short. OK, let's get the negative out the way - too much road for an event advertised as "off-road" and that's it really apart from one minor niggle - this is the only marathon in which I've ever finished first and there were no prizes, not even a little shield with "winner" engraved on it -sob. Having said that, I knew this before I entered - it's not a race it's a great day out in the countryside. There are magnificent views, great sites (such as Longford Castle), fantastic woodland, including some enormous yew trees, and just great English countryside. I went armed with an OS map as suggested but hardly needed it as the course was very well way-marked (the blue string through the wood was novel). There were a few hills but they were long and gentle, rather than short and steep, which made for some good downhill running. Loved it - highly recommended. There are also events over 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km (although I don't know why anyone would do an event just 2km short of the marathon) - so something for all the family. Marvellous. Date of review: August 13, 2006
In short: An event encompassing a range of walk and run disciplines from 10k to marathon. In full: I took part in the marathon, which was split between offroad and onroad course, and a wide variety of scenery, town/country, surfaces from tarmac, public footpaths, country lanes, heavy rutted trails. The course was demanding with you having to be alert with the course markers being ideally place apart from one noticeable omission (requiring guesswork), and assistance from tourists!!, and the 28mile distance to really test those aching limbs and dwindling mental strength towards the end.
It was great to run through ancient woodland (following blue thread!), through large country estates, the idyllic scenery including superb views, castles, Salisbury Cathedral (tourist dodging), and some time to enjoy the peaceful countryside and a day out in a lovely part of the country.
Thanks to the organisers, the checkpoint helpers, and the friendly runners.
In short: Fantastic - a Race for everyone - 10K to Marathon! In full: This event is excellent. A Walk and a Run, a 10k, 20K, 30k, 40k and a Marathon. There is something for everyone in this event from Beginner to Veteran! I recommend this event to everyone and will be suggesting it to my Running club!
My only SLIGHT disappointment was that the medal given to the runners has 'Walk' stamped on it. Date of review: August 15, 2005