In short: Something for everyone. Choice of several distances, walk or run, some busy roads, but mostly quiet roads or pleasant country trails. In full: I did the '20-km' event, although I think it was somewhat more than 20 km (12.5 miles); in fact, I reckon it was just over a half-marathon also (I made it 13.5 mi). As I paced myself to finish at 12.5 miles and was only passing the Cathedral at that point, I had a fairly arduous last mile! I should have been more prepared for something like, as I did think, on looking at the map of all the routes sent to me a week before, that, 'there's no way all of those routes can all have been arranged to be exactly the required distance.' I suppose some people might feel a bit let down by that, but overall I still had a great day and that's the only criticism I've got - perhaps a note about actual distances in the otherwise very good pre-race info would have been a good idea?
I intend coming back next year for one or other of the races on offer. Great event for all the family. Date of review: August 14, 2011
In short: Well run muliple event, no real faults, stunning scenery, hills that make you ache, and dont expect a PB, thats for the 30K anyway which on the garmin was 19.39m.... a good trg run Date of review: August 14, 2011
In full: This was a fab event. I did the 42k and don't think I went into it giving it the respect it deserved. Was still recovering from Jack and Jill Ultra 2 weeks prior and was rather gob smacked at how tough this was !! Clearly my mistake. Extremely well organised when getting numbers, chip band thingy. Very friendly. Marshalls also friendly and lovely goodies to be had at stops. Some folk had said about the dodgy finish, weaving your way around tourists at cathedral...but I loved it. A run to respect...and I think i will do it again next year but maybe not so soon after an ultra. Date of review: August 23, 2010
In short: Great race In full: Did the 50k. A few signs missing towards the end. Water stations weren't set up by the time I got there - so went past 3 without taking any water. Distance was certainly short; by how much depends on which route you took. I had a cyclist marshall to show me the way - but I know that others behind didn't have that luxury, and some ran a shorter route from Wilton into Salisbury than the planned one. All in all, a good race, given that it was the first running of the 50k. Improvements might include: water stations ready for the "faster" runners, "Emergency" signs carried by the cycling marshalls to replace missing ones, and a slightly more accurate route distance. Thanks. Date of review: August 18, 2010
In short: Very Enjoyable - excellent scenery and great relaxed atmosphere In full: Scenery is fantastic as the majority of the run (I ran the 42K-marathon) is on the trails to the south of Salisbury. Particular high points are the run through the yew tree wood (follow the string) and to Clearbury hill fort. The course has a few climbs but they are quite reasonable. There were plenty of water points with some snacks too (jelly babies, mars bar, biscuits). The event is very well organised for this size of event, with fairly consistent mile markers except on the remote sections, clear signs, easy pick up of race number/chip, good start/finish with accurate timing.
This was my second marathon after the Brighton marathon and the atmosphere was so much more relaxed and people were there just because they really like their sport.
I really enjoyed the event as there was huge variety of scenery from ancient hill forts through to Salisbury cathedral, different types of trail, ample water points and also the relaxed atmosphere.
Well done and thank you to all the organisers and volunteers! Date of review: August 17, 2010
In short: fab run In full: agree with previous. congrats to ludo and his team for fab race. went up from 10k to 20k(and the extra!) and thoroughly enjoyed the day. I also thought people could have been a bit more cheerful and encouraging through the city centre! Date of review: August 10, 2010
In short: Very well organised - you got exactly what you signed up for ! In full: The marathon was well marked, nice undulating very runable route - though a lot of tarmac for a trail marathon - great countryside and views - the YEW forest has to be seen - very friendly marshalls from signing on to the finish - a great day out. Date of review: August 10, 2010
In short: Ultra-Marathon which rewards the pain with stunning views In full: The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50K Ultra marathon was my first attempt at the ultra distance and I've got to say I loved it! The fact I didnt finish (due to injury) did not detract from some of the finest views England has to offer. The course profile is challenging to say the least but its worth it. The marshalls are excellent (some of whom will be on the course for hours), the water stations are well supplied (although there is a bit of a gap between the 12 Mile and the 16 Mile marker on the ultra route), the event was class and I will be back next year to try and finish the whole thing. Date of review: August 10, 2010