In short: Lovely scenery in a low key race with good intentions In full: Kind of ditto the responses here so far. Did the '30k' though it felt longer - at least I hope it was as along with a few wrong turns and stops to check direction, I was somewhat slower than anticipated. I think I ran over 20 miles in the end. However, there was some lovely scenery in parts and it made for an interesting run. Expect some issues with signage and take your own drinks (highly recommend a backpack & bladder for the midway 'gap' of water stations) and don't expect a PB and you'll be fine. As a part of marathon training it was way better than a local run or treadmill which I normally do on a Sunday. Overall very challenging and a nice day out - great atmosphere to boot. Thanks to all of those involved. Note to wife - please get me a Garmin for Christmas so I can see my pace and distance on races like this. Note to self - take more notice of maps when they're handed out and don't just rely on the bloke in front! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Lovely track - awful signage. In full: Did the 30k and got lost 4 times. No signs at crucial stages and once got directed into a field of heffers(along with many others) with no exit. Hit 3 t-junctions with no marshalls and no signs. Hate to be so negative but I finished exasperated rather than euphoric. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: A great day out, though the longest 'marathon' I think I've done! In full: Musn't grumble too much for what was a very scenic route, and my own fault for not doing enough long runs, however feel this was definitely longer than 26.2. My Garmin read 27.1 and bearing in mind lost coverage through several wooded areas....is that still a little conservative.
This aside a great day out, weather was just right and certainly appreciated the big bowls of jelly babies at various check points. Very friendly organisers and marshalls all the way round. The refreshments at the finish were certainly appreciated too.
For anyone wanting a run with bit of difference I would definitely recommend it. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: A challenging but charming multi terrain race In full: Less off road than i was expecting My only minor gripe was that there was quite a big gap between water stations between 15 and 24k the diections were a bit tricky to follow around harnham But overall a lovely race, and i will be back Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Leading the 20K race I was wrongly directed to the 30K course which once it left the joint marathoon course, it was VERY POORLY marked. Got lost again, as I was leading, waited for some other people to arrive, alll got lost. Eventually we got there Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Very enjoyable day out, great scenery, organisation, value for money. Not a fast one though . In full: Overall very enjoyable (I did the marathon).
Best bits - the yew tree forest with the blue string, going through Clarendon estate, Longford Castle, the Cathedral at the end, great organisation for an event like this - with all the different distances on offer, low-key start and finish, friendly checkpoints with jelly babies.
Bits that could be improved - a few mile markers would be nice - or indicate the checkpoints, with their distances on the map, a bit less road.
I found the route very well marked and didn't need the map or instructions at all. The last bit from Wilton to the Cathedral seemed to go on forever on the road and passed the houses - a mile marker round there would've been nice. Not an easy one, but very enjoyable. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Brilliant, great organisation, glorious course. In full: Well done to the marshalls, the organisers, the drink station motivators, the jaffa cakes and the fruit cake. Wow what a day.
Only one grumble at 12 miles at the end of the big field a huge group of us had absolutely no idea where to go. Had a sign been removed as the correct exit would of been easy to see with just one more huge arrow and can't believe it was not sign posted. Easy to get lost just after as well as the signs dried up in the last third of this otherwise great race.
Definately a race for road shoes if dry, as it was. Loved the course and met so many nice people.
Despite a few grumbles on the forum (as there is nothing worse than getting lost even though few people would of been turning up for a PB), the organisation in the main was excellent. WELL DONE TO ALL. Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: well organised and affordable 42K In full: Great race but maps didn't show check points and a few more direction arrows would have been good. It's a great day out with lots of support all the way round - nice cake too! Date of review: August 13, 2007
In short: Multi--terrain training run for those looking for the milage with excelllent support rt In full: This was definitely a multi-terrain race (not trail -sorry) but never the less, a great event. The organisation was fab with lots of support through water stations/marshals along the way. The distance measurement was a bit shaky as turned out to be 27.8 miles instead of 26.2!!! We enjoyed it and are pleased to have finished in one piece, but would advise road trainers (if dry/sunny) as almost half of the run was on tarmac/tough surfaces and not good pounding on that with off road shoes. The scenery when in the countryside beautiful and lovely views, but prepare yourselves for lots of running through suburbs at the end of the route with a warm greeting when you finish. There is no 1,2,3 or team prizes but the FB have organised a great event here and I would recommend it for sure. We runners are fickle creatures and this is actually a walkers event that we are gate crashing, so all considering WELL DONE and THANK YOU for allowing us runners to take part. (Also perhaps for next year a few mile markers and more arrows pointing us in the right direction, but we loved the endless jelly babies!) Date of review: August 12, 2007