In short: hillt x terrain In full: Excellant x terrain with a good run on the hard surface on the last half of the Marathon. Loads of walkers and dogs(this is an event for the wildlife charity)very pleasant day running in the rain n mud.
In short: Good fun despite the inclement weather In full: A nice and picturesque route, though the Salisbury Plains section was slightly dull. Well organised with plenty of water stops and friendly marshalls. The only downside was the length of the tea/coffee queue at the end, there's really no excuse for such poor organisation at this size of event.
In short: Great to run point-to-point off-road between such special places - some of the best chalk downland In full: My first marathon, which I knew would be a challenge, but it certainly was tough. Wind and rain to start not great for the spirits, but the friendly organisers, participabts and especially encouraging walkers were all fantactic. First 6 miles are particularly magnificent countryside, views, and as dramatic as chalk downland gets: really enjoyable - last 6 not so great until Stonehenge looms up. Overall a very well organised and fantastically rewarding challenge, with some really memorable bits - I could well be back! Date of review: May 5, 2010
In short: Done the half-marathon. This was my first run and I loved it, the course was very hilly but made for a good challenge. Will be back next year and try to beet the 2 hours. Date of review: May 4, 2010
In short: oh my goodness this ones a character builder!! In full: My first marathon and many lessons learnt. I hadn't expected the fell run and mud in the first 5 miles which left me with jelly legs for the remaining 21 miles however despite the leg burning I loved it. The organisation was wonderfully cheery if not a little hap hazard and the water points frequent. The cup of tea at the end and the medal was superb! Miles were poorly marked but the scenery and value for money was brilliant. It was nice that lots of events started at the same time as you never felt on your own however slow your legs got. Brilliant in so many ways but my goodness what a leg burner!!! Date of review: May 3, 2010
In short: Amazing organisation! In full: I did the half, and was amazed at the number of walkers who were out in the terrible weather. The organisation was absolutely terrific, with sign boards all over the place, water stations in the middle of nowhere and lots of tents and goodies at the end. I put 100% for PB potential, because I got a half marathon PB, breaking a seven-year old record of mine. Must have been the trailing wind and overall downhill course. Very impressed with the race - great cameraderie with the other runners as well. Many thanks to the organisers. Date of review: May 3, 2010