In short: Hard course but good as a scenic training run In full: Ok so this course has got some great, no amazing! views and is mostly well arranged. Good facilities (you can use the showers at the nearby leasure centre for free post race). Chip times integrated into your race number, results and pictures available within 24 hours; all good so far. Downside is the route is not well marshalled beyond the water stations and there are far to many places to get lost (seriously, who thought dark green signs on tree's would be easy to see when your knackered from running). The 30k is well over distance (by about a mile), but thats fine if your using this event as a training run. When considering the course the route is hard, decent climbs, very very mixed surfaces. The last few finishing miles are great, even if you have to pick your way past pedestrians as you fly past the cathedral. I very much enjoyed the race, and as such would recommend it. Others might not like it but they can write the own review. Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: one of my fav races of the year -glorious countryside , castle, catherdral , shetland ponies , deer and jelly babies In full: one of my fav races of the year -glorious countryside , castle, catherdral , shetland ponies , deer and jelly babies excellent parking and a nice medal and all for a good cause -- see you next year Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: Wonderful In full: Fab run... if you like running in glorious countryside this is for you. We were a bit scared at the beginning when we were given copious notes and instructions along with a map that we might get lost... but the route was (mostly) well signposted and we soon just relaxed and enjoyed the views. And there were many of those...it was so quiet in parts that we startled a deer into our path. Checkpoints always offered cheerful encouragement, water or squash and at some we also got fresh fruit, Mars bars, cake, jelly babies or custard creams. Just be prepared to do a little more than the distance: my Garmin said we did 27 miles. Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: Mix of Pavements, Trails, Fields, Lanes, Road In full: 30K course: Not as "off-road" as we would have preferred. Hills weren't steep, but the amount of hills suprised us. One section seemed a long time between water stops. A very enjoyable run. Shame about having to run through the city crossing roads towards the finish. Nice atmosphere at the end. Weather was kind too :0) Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: Superbly organised - sets the standard for trail runs In full: I've never run such a well-organised event with detailed maps and instructions at the start, plus plenty of direction indicators and water stops. Despite the lack of big hills, it was still tough, partly due to the rough terrain. Date of review: August 15, 2011
In short: excellent event In full: I really enjoy this event. It was my third one and the second ultra in salisbury for me. With various distances this is made for everyone. Great scenery, aid stations and organisation. A big thank you to all the helpers. Changing facilities great with use of the leisure centre. It would be good to see the fire service provide their own catering at the start/finish next year making more money for a good cause. Chip times also great. Thanks, Ben. Date of review: August 14, 2011
In short: Fantastic 50k In full: If you love running through a variety of scenic countryside with a bit of everything thrown in from forest to castles to camels (yes, camels!) this is the one to do. The 50k was lovely. I will definitely recommend it. Date of review: August 14, 2011
In short: Great Race with something for all abilities In full: I ran the 50K and thoroughly enjoyed it. Regular water stations, and I particularly enjoyed the way the 50K runners also joined the route with the 42K, 30K, and 20K runners.
The downside is that the route goes through the city at the end - crossing busy roads wasn't enjoyable...
All in all - a great run with some lovely hills (not too hard) and some great scenery. Date of review: August 14, 2011