In short: December,snow,Salisbury Plain In full: Having to drive on packed ice and snow onto Salisbury plain in December and then entering on the day I had an idea what I was letting myself in for. Cracking event, a good hard challenge to end the year with. The weather conditions made it harder but if the ground had thawed the uphill tank track section would have been even harder. Well done to the organizers for going ahead, thanks to all the marshalls and an impressive amount of water stops. The start/finish facilities and car park were basic and would not cope with the advertised 5000 entry limit. Overall a good event. Would I do it again, at the moment maybe but ask me again 2 days before the next event. Date of review: January 5, 2011
In short: Glad I wore my trail shoes! In full: This was a great run to do straight after a bit of Christmas overindulgence. Very bleak and explosed on the Plains but strangely beautiful scenery at the same time, heightened by the snow. Well-organised, with loads of water stations, regular 'drive-bys' by race vehicles and friendly, encouraging marshalls.
Some of the terrain - particularly the tank tracks - was difficult to run on and wearing trail shoes was definitely the right decision.
My watch measured the course at 12.7 miles, instead of 14, but I was quite happy to finish at that point! Date of review: December 28, 2010
In short: beautifull scenery,hard run. In full: this was my first time running on snow and ice and found it tough going,coming in nearly last.frozen tank tracks,and steep hills nearly got the better of me .Where were the mile markers?.heard it was shorter than 14miles which makes my time even worse. for methis run made the hellrun look like a picnic.thanks to marshalls .the plain as always was beautifull Date of review: December 28, 2010
In short: you will feel virtuous after this one In full: A challenging trail run without anything silly like vertical climbs or running through rivers. A good excuse to visit Imber and parts of the plain that you may not normally have access to. I was glad I used trail shoes, I was also glad to see the finish at 12.7 but slightly disapointed that I cannot boast to my friends that I did "close to 15" so soon after christmass! Date of review: December 28, 2010
In short: Salisbury Plain in the winter - hasn't changed since the Bronze ages In full: Glad to know that the firing was suspended for at least a week to allow for all runners to complete the course!! Local knowledge about the range road caused dithering about trial or road running shoes in our household.. glad for trial shoes! Great run and the bitting wind made up for the short course by 1.3 miles. Very well organised, and the proliferation of 4X4 "Rescue" vehicles were very comforting. All the race was missing was a loud hailer!! Date of review: December 28, 2010
In short: how tough was that? might have to stick to the roads in future. In full: Plain Crazy? And so it was. I live in a town and I generally run 2 or 3 half-marathons every year and entered this one as I thought it was going to be a road race. I found the off-road bits very hard going and ended up walking a few times, especially up the last long hill, something I've never done before. I had to laugh when I read that one or two of the lads were a little disappointed that the course measured only 12.7 miles. Personally, if it had been the full 14, I might still be out there now, which would have made it tricky to get away from the car park, as I needed a push from a friendly co-runner to extricate my car from the roadside. All in all, I'm glad I experienced it, though I may not be back - fair play to all of you tearing along further forward. Also many thanks to all the helpers, especially the man in the van - that cup of tea was borderline lifesaver. Cheers. Date of review: December 27, 2010
In short: Bleak and tough in snowy conditions In full: Apparently it wasn't the 14 miles as advertised so my time is not so good after all! I had done a lot of hill work so found the course challenging but manageable; lost sense of distance travelled as concentrating on not falling over. Well done the organisers! It's a special experience. Date of review: December 27, 2010