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
In short: HOT HUMID HILLY -- HEAVENLY! In full: Did the 20k last year and thought I'd challenge myself to the 30 in 2012. Firstly, it is 31 ish k, so don't be fooled into thinking (like I did) that you can speed up for the last few k! The first 23k was glorious, the last 8 was hard going - hilly with tricky rutty tracks that destroyed my knees. I agree with many of the other reviewers that the last few k through the town doesn;t have great signs and it is kind of hard work dodging the meandering dizzy tourists after 30k...... There is a way round that doesn;t involve running through the cathedral precinct and the town centre..but then it couldn;t be a 54321...... All the above said, it is a beautifully organised event, Ludo does a fantastic job pulling it together, his team are brilliant and it is just one of the nicest events. Cake, fruit, jelly babies, dog bowls, smiles etc etc.....they have it all I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: August 16, 2012
In short: The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 has over the last few years become a regular favourite on the walk run calendar as it caters for nearly everyone who loves walking or running along footpaths, bridle-ways and quiet country roads in the Salisbury, Wessex area. In full: Desperate situations leads to desperate measures and last Sunday morning I was about to break probably the No.1 golden rule of marathon running (this is a don't try this at home moment) running in brand new running shoes. After my very poor performances in my last few marathons - with my foot issues and legs seizing up problems, I was about to gamble on what I hoped would, if not cure the problems at least help to minimise them. During the Around the Reservoir Marathon a couple of weeks ago I noticed that multi-world record marathon runner Traviss Willcox was running in a pair of weird looking running shoes, they had extra thick soles, were very wide and looked like they weighed a ton. - If you would like to read more then check out my full blog here at http://60in60at60.com/2012/08/13/m32-salisbury-5-4-3-2-1/ Date of review: August 15, 2012
In short: fab trail run In full: fantastic organisation well done to ludo and team.lovely to run through estates not normally open.fruit was heavenly!!! missed cake checkpoint cos of poor signage around cathedral and after! but minor gripe for what was for my sister and I a fab run Date of review: August 15, 2012