In short: cross country marathon In full: Prior to this my marathon experience was Brighton which i do in 4.56 .For myself this turned out to be a hard cross country marathon. .Four serious hills .80% of the remainder was seriously undulating cross country.20% on tarmac. Very good signage with no need for a map.More water stations than i expected with good stuff cake,choccy ,etc.After mile 22 i saw no more milege signs but plenty of arrows guiding the way home.I finished in 5.45 which i was happy with ,considering the course .some of which i was forced to walked .I may do it again if im up for some punishment. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Beautiful, scenic race, let down by one thing - POOR SIGNAGE In full: Such a lovely, multi-distance race, badly let down by poor signage towards the end of the route... Our 30kms of country roads, hills and trails (no mean feat) ended up being 33.5km due to a distinct lack of signage from 28.5kms onwards. Also a real lack of water stations after 20kms - plenty before, so why so few afters!?
A real shame as the route is especially lovely. They're not joking when they say 5 rivers; 4 hills; 3 country estates; 2 castles; and 1 spire (Salisbury cathedral). To that you can also add a whole load of wildlife (including two fields of baby cows) and a very magical Yew-tree Wood (follow the pink string...)
In short: Some hills...SOME?? Jesus more hills than a hilly thing in a hilly place! In full: Practise your hill runs this will test you. There is a strong combination of trail and road lets say 60-70% trail and the rest road. Excellent marshalls and plenty of water at all the right bits. Highly recommeneded Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Challenging bu fun 21k race In full: Overall, the course was tough but good fun. There were a good mix of people running from club runners to total newbies, including a familiar face – Steve Way. Due to the weather still being warm (even though it was wet) I got quite thirsty on the first half so next year, I will probably take my own drink.
The signage could be improved a little more for those new to the course but apart from that, it was well organised and the route was gorgeous.
I’ll consider the 30k for next year. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Excellent 50k event In full: An excellent 50k event. Good directions and aid stations stocking water, jelly babies and fruit cake. This is a off road/road event so consideration that distance can be slightly out but hey it's not a road race! Wonderful organised event, changing, showers and helpful marshals. Only bug was the 'speedy' club runners on the short distance busting for a good time. Barging past at speed as they checked their watch!! As I said I always enjoy this event ,chip times, nice medal, parking, location easy to get to,great organisation lovely city! It did however rain this year but it all adds to the fun. Thank you team and see you next year for the 5th time. Brilliant. Date of review: August 12, 2014
In short: Great value 50k but quite a bit of tarmac for a trail event In full: Easy parking and registration close to start. Plenty of portaloos. Missed the route card somehow but this wasn't needed. The old fort chalk is very slippery when wet! Route a little trafficky in places. A couple of sections of path were very rutted and tricky underfoot. Some stiles very rickety and some gates locked. The stiles had no dog gaps so they added to bunching when dogs were being lifted over. Attracts what looked like a lot of club road runners some of whom behaved very badly when overtaking on narrow trails. Food is very limited but this is as advertised (only water is promised). However the bread pudding at the yew forest is amazing. Penultimate? control point on 50km ran out of water. Signage was great and included marshalls at key points. Atmosphere at the finish great (clock, samba band, medal, quite a crowd). Need to have a real race emergency number that isn't an answerphone at a fire station that has gone on strike (particularly when extreme weather is expected!)
In short: bread pudding and yew trees In full: Fourth running of this race. Easy access parking, always well organised and excellent signage. But the 2 reasons I do this race: 1 Slabs of Bread Pudding (you can keep you sickly gels) 2 Running through the Yew tree forest
In short: Excellent event, interesting course good food stations and friendly checkpoint people. Really enjoyed this and can highly recommend. I did the 50k but liked the way that it was mixed up with others doing different distances. Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: 50k review In full: Plenty of water stations - many with cake/sweets Marshals friendly, and well positioned. Course we'll marked - only one arrow missing. There were (as far as I could tell) none of the problems pointed out by other reviewers (10k etc) of this year's event. Perfect mix (for me) of on/off road sections. Well supported - particularly at finish Free showers available 2 minutes away at leisure centre Parking free and convenient Date of review: August 11, 2014
In short: 10k Debacle. No signs or marshals after 8k. Wasted time running in circles around Salisbury. In full: This could, and should, have been a great run - indeed it was, right up to the 8k point. Thereafter the directions stopped, the marshals were nowhere to be seen and small groups of runners milled around in groups trying to figure out the route to the finish. The group I was with had to resort to asking a dog walker for directions. Time and effort wasted all round.
I would be more than happy to be contradicted here, if it was just me being an idiot and getting lost then I would happily suck it up and move on. However the non-existent directions (and a route that bore little relation to the published course) led to widespread confusion for many runners.
You can probably sense my frustration here and, like I say, I stand to be corrected. However I, and many others, paid £22.00 to run in confused circles around northern Salisbury while any chance of a decent 10k time ebbed away.
At least it stopped raining just before the start. Date of review: August 10, 2014