In short: Excellent event In full: Ran the ultra and started at 9am. Slight bit of rain but it kept off the heavy stuff. A pre loop for the ultra before joining the marathon runners. Well stocked check points and friendly staff. Thank you to all the helpers. Very well organised and good signs, nice and clear for all events. Course was slightly hilly and a good mix of road and off road. Great start and finish point at the fire station and good use of the leisure centre facilities make this one of my all time favourites. 4hr 29 min finish for a 50k. Thank you all. Date of review: August 12, 2012
In short: First ever 30k and really enjoyed it In full: Just a quick one really. I found this race very well organised and managed. I was worried about losing my way but that was impossible as the route was very well signposted. Aid stations were well stocked. The medal was nice and weighty. Few busy roads to cross but I used my common sense :-) All good stuff Date of review: August 12, 2012
In short: Not very friendly as a single runner, but a nice route In full: Could have done with a drink station between 4 and 10 miles as it was very humid, organisers very helpful, other runners not very friendly Date of review: August 12, 2012
In short: Hot, hilly, hellish (in parts) but makes you feel heroic In full: Really looked forward to the 21k race and it didn't disappoint. The route through the Clarendon Park and Longford Castle (usually closed to the public) are stunning.
It is a very tough run, with three very tough hills/climbs. Was absolutely exhausted by the end of it but very proud to have completed it too.
The 21k was in fact measured at 23k but the organisers jokingly announced that this might be the case at the start of the race and asked competitors to check their GPSs when they'd finished and let them know! A great way of diffusing and making light of what might have annoyed some runners.
Well marshalled with friendly staff, on the whole good signage, well placed drinks stops, particularly the one 3 miles from home offering fruit as well as water.
Three and half hours after finishing and still shattered! Despite that, still tempted to run it again next.
Well done Salisbury and well done the Firestation. Date of review: August 12, 2012
In short: Good for a first-timer, need some hill training! In full: This was my first marathon, so I was a bit nervous before the start, everyone was very friendly though, even though my runkeeper woman was turned up full and shouting at me every half mile....
The route for the 42K was nice, I need to put in some more hill training for next year though! The signs were excellent, up until the point where we started heading back into Salisbury. The arrows ran out and there was just saucony tape hung from some of the trees, which wasn't easy to see. The last bit through the cathedral grounds was a bit difficult, as we were coming back in at lunchtime, and there were thousands of tourists wandering around aimlessly to avoid....
A nice touch was the food stops - fruit, chocolate, sweets, and amazing bread pudding! Makes a change from energy gels... :)
I'll do this again next year, but I think I'll go for the 50K... Date of review: August 24, 2011