In short: Well organised and friendly In full: Review for 50k run.
Good course, toughish but fair. Well marshalled and signed - could be slightly better over last 5k, a small issue. Well stocked water-stations. Friendly marshals and others. A good cause Plenty of people on course, with both runners and walkers making for a good atmosphere. I recommend it, I have done 10k twice, and the marathon and 50k run - all have been good. Date of review: August 11, 2013
In short: Superb race again In full: I did the half marathon last year and loved it. Did the 10k today and loved it. Yet another great route with fantastic views. Excellent organisation of so many different distances and routes. Will definitely be back next year. Date of review: August 11, 2013
In short: Did the ujtra this year and loved it more than the marathon last year.Fantastic organisation and very cheery and helpful marshalls.Overall a race that has to be added to your calender no matter what distance you decide to do Date of review: August 11, 2013
In short: Overall a great race, signage could be better in the last 2-3kms through town, ut other than that a great race, good support and plenty of choice of distance to do. In full: Option of 10k, 21k, 30k, 42k and 50k plus walkers too, great day out not the best of races to race flat out, but for a great hard training run cannot ask for anything better. Date of review: August 11, 2013
In short: laid back and scenic In full: This was my first attempt at a trail half marathon. It starts in my home town so i did not register until the day, which was fine. there were many different distances up to 50k. Walkers had their own times and the starts seemed to run smoothly. A few challenging hills but lots of people (including me!) walked the steep bits. It was all incredibly laid back and i LOVED it. Beautiful scenery although quite a few pavement sections in the Half. My only quibble would be that there needed to be a few more marshals in Salisbury for the final mile or so as even for a local, it was not obvious and i saw one girl run on in the wrong direction and came in at least 10 minutes after me. I managed to do the course in 2 hrs 11 minutes by my watch and was chuffed to bits as i had walked in parts. Lots of water stations and most of the route was very well marked...apart from the town bit at the end. No more road races for me now!! Date of review: August 11, 2013
In short: Fantastic views, challenging, but worth the effort In full: Hilly, especially at the start of the race, very challenging, but good support. Water stations are frequent.... Date of review: June 25, 2013
In short: scenic set of trail races with a distance to suit all! In full: I did the 50k and found it to be really well marked, the water stations were plentiful, it was well organised, great value, would definately do it again Date of review: August 28, 2012
In short: Fantastic first time ultra experience In full: This was my first running race since school, and I thought I'd make it count with an Ultra. So the 50K trail option was right for me. Being a rookie, a flat-lander, and pressed with time for training I was not racing - my goal was to finish and to survive. The long hills before halfway mark took it out of me and left me puffing until the finish line. Weather, scenery, atmosphere and organisation were fantastic on the day - I couldn't find anything to complain about, even if I haven't really got much to compare it with. Date of review: August 21, 2012
In short: Something for everyone In full: A brilliant race through lovely countryside. I was tempted to do the 50k but settled for 30k, thank goodness - it was hilly and hot! But the organization was great, friendly marshals, nicely varied tracks (the narrow path through bramble briars around 25k had to be someone's idea of a joke!) and the run-in past the cathedral was a fantastic way to finish. I'll try to work the 50k into my schedule next year. Date of review: August 19, 2012
In short: Great Training Run In full: Travelled from Cardiff to run the 30km as wanted a training run for the Snowdonia Marathon in October. We entered the week before but the organisers posted the pre-race info out asap which was appreciated. Sending the detailed race directions out before the race or loading them onto the website in the week beforehand would be useful. I carried them with me but found the signs on the course more than sufficient, made a small error across a field that cost a minute or two but that was it. The signs did run out a little bit in the last half mile through town however I read quite a few of the reviews beforehand so knew to expect this. Plus if you keep an eye out for the tower at the fire station and keep heading towards that you'll pick up a marshal.
The organisation was very smooth, decent shelter given the intermittent rain at the start. Seats to watch the end of the mens Olympic marathon what more could you ask for??? TOILET ROLL!!! Adequate number of portaloos but none had any toilet roll left before the 30km started, only small thing that let down the start/finish, rest was great.
The marshals were all very friendly, decent number of water stations and very well stocked checkpoints. The course itself was a real mixed bag, the scenery wasn't quite as glorious as I expected but I think I have been spoilt by some of the other trail races I have done. It was nice and its charm is that its quite unique not really run such a multiterrain event, parts were really pleasant, others a bit overgrown and isolated and others super busy with tourists. Hence multiterrain rather than trail is a more accurate description and its definitely a road shoe run.
All in all if its fits with my marathon plans next year I would give it a go as it supports a very worthy cause and is useful training run. Date of review: August 17, 2012