In short: great organisation - but messed up the T-shirts AGAIN! In full: Nice day this year - compared to the misery of last year.
Transport from the start was well organised, marshalls excellent, drinks station well organised and well spaced.
However, before the reace you choose the size of T-shirt you'd like - so why is it you get to the end to be told that they have run out - I could either have tent size or mini-me size. To be honest I don't need yet another t-shirt so please for next don't bother - give me something useful like a Mars bar and drink instead.
Shame as I really enjoyed it this year - No real massive hills - but lots of slopes that seem to go on for ever.
In short: My first ever marathon and it certainly won't be my last. Amazing day!! In full: Having never done a marathon before i had no idea what to expect. I found the course relatively hard but i think that was due to an inexperience at this distance. The organisation was fantastic and the support was also spot on. I have wanted to do a marathon since i was 8 years old and now 12 years on, i have done it, and what a first marathon to have completed. Well done to everyone today. Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Good race - organisation was superb In full: Very impressive organisation to be able to run 3 races within one. Transport arrangements worked well. The mile count down in the second half was new to me and I liked it. Made a tough back-nine more palatable. A bit lonely in places in miles 18 - 23 until the half marathoners started overtaking (which was demoralising). Running through the relay change-over points was sweet. Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: This was my first marathon after only 10 hours training in the last 2 months... In full: But I tell you what, it was brilliant! And thank you to the seasoned guys on the bus upstairs with over a hundred to their name - you set the day off nicely. I can't fault it... or maybe to say it should be described on this site as hilly, not undulating!! A hard course for me as a novice but a respectable 4.45, and yes, it has got me hooked.... sunny good October running weather too... Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Ran 26.2 miles........but where was the mud!!! In full: Really enjoyed this race. I am a seasoned marathon runner and did a pb for a cross country marathon totay 4.04. Mainly due to lack of mud & brill weather conditions. Didn't think any of the hills were daunting (unlike my next marathon Beachy Head later this month) and any reasonable runner would have no problem in running up them all. Directions were spot on, marhalls fab, loads of drink stations & plenty of nosh. Got the bus from Winchester to the start & all went like clockwork. Liked the idea for the miles after the half way advising how far to go. I always find that last .2 of a mile the worst but it was lost earlier on so didn't notice it! Top event. Will be back Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: The Carlsberg of Cross Country Marathons ! In full: What a fantastic race. The coaches from finish to start were a great idea, the school in Salisbury a great start, very friendly and atmospheric. The course was definately the best I have run, great paths and the good weather, today and recently, meant no mud. There were probably more water stations than I have had before and the marshalling, kids included, was fantastic. The finish was well controlled and the medal great. The standard of competitor was also good which was really encouraging - I was aiming for a sub 5 hour based upon the Neolithic and 54321 but came in at 4:21 ... well chuffed, a great day out ! Date of review: October 4, 2009
In short: Fantastic XC Marathon In full: Organisation was superb, loads of parking and toilets at the start (altho' I hear that latecomers had a raw deal as the water supply ran out!!) the first half of the course was beautiful scenery and rolling hills of the downs. Fine it seems in dry weather in road shoes. Was great to catch up with some old ultra-friends and was a friendly and positive atmosphere. Second half of the course was a bit mad at first as all of the half marathoners joined the party and there was a bit of hustle and bustle but the scenic second half and its much harder hills spread the field very quickly. Great medal and will look forward to a cider emporium at the finish next year. Well done Clarendon on a quality piece of organisation Date of review: October 4, 2009