Salisbury Half

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08/10/2002 at 08:39
Tried to post this last night but the server was down. :o(

Anyway, I got in touch with the local running club for info about this race on 2.3.03 and this is what they said:

"The Imber Half is quite a tough race as it takes the road from Warminster up onto Salisbury Plain to the now deserted village of Imber.
It is an interesting race as it takes you along a route normally closed to the public as Imber is used for Army training. Because of this the route is only open to runners and marshalls so unfortunately there are no areas for spectators (but surely there must be along the road from Warminster? DD)
Having said all this we normally have in excess of 100 runners,many of whom return year on year as they enjoy the atmosphere (it is a very friendly race!) and to collect another mug which is the runners memento.
This year we have altered the route so that it is circular but in some places it becomes track rather than road.

Sounds very wierd, rather twilight zone (Imber is opened once a year so that old villagers can worship at the church) and absolutely perfect. It should be really easy to meet everyone with that size of field and I'll do some research into a good local pub for afters.

See you there!
08/10/2002 at 08:44
Excellent work DD, thanks.
08/10/2002 at 10:02

The course sounds interesting but as a beginner the small size seems a bit daunting. I can see all those nightmares about coming last coming true. I know someone has to come last :-) but I don't want the organisers to be packing up as I pass the post.
08/10/2002 at 10:42
Don't worry, I'm a beginner too. With that hill I think I'll come in at about 2.15. With all the Forumites at the finish, (and we're all at different levels) you won't feel lonely.

Come on, you know you want to!
08/10/2002 at 11:16
Great work DD, I'll be signing up for this one. Sounds like a ghost town and expect tumble weed to be rolling through it and eerie music playing.

When can entries start, do you know?
08/10/2002 at 11:58
Thanks DD, you can count Badger and I in on that one....
08/10/2002 at 12:05
If I can organise someway of getting back, I don't think I dare drive after a half, I'd love to have a go. I really enjoy being off road and hate running next to traffic. I may try and off load the Jumpets for the weekend and find a nice hotel with Mr Jump:-)
08/10/2002 at 12:27
Sounds great. Well done, DD. If we make a Forum excursion of it, we'll probably double the numbers.
08/10/2002 at 12:33
Can't see any entry info on their website although October is probably a bit premature for a March half. Have checked the diary & I'm free that day (like I've got a life or something....). Was planning on visiting the forum that day though
08/10/2002 at 12:34
v-rap, it's already on the list 'place for us all to meet 3'
08/10/2002 at 13:00
I've got the Club Secs phone no. so I'll ring her this evening and find out when entries can start and how you do it.

Glad you all think it sounds as much fun as I do...
08/10/2002 at 13:02
Nice one, we will all have to make sure we get in early so nobody gets left out
08/10/2002 at 13:02
Good one Daisy
08/10/2002 at 13:08
If you go to and put in the date it lists this race.

There is a universal form linked to it so I assume that they will accept these, but better check with the organiser.

I may try and do this but have to confess to being slightly aprehensive of "plodding" round very slowly. This will be my first/second half.

08/10/2002 at 13:09
Fiona, I'll be the same... (doing my first one at the end of this month!!!) we'll all be there helping each other along..
08/10/2002 at 16:09
Yeah, don't worry Fiona, maybe we should award a special Forumite prize - say a nice bottle of bubbly to the last one across the finishing line - that'll ease our embrassment! Whoever's last will get a lot of support from the faster members of the team I'm sure.
08/10/2002 at 16:14
Can now run 4 miles.

Have a long way (literally) to go!
08/10/2002 at 16:23

Where does the race start from ie nearest town?
08/10/2002 at 16:30
The race is organised by Warminster running club and it starts in or near Warminster itself.
08/10/2002 at 22:23
Totally forgot to ring that Warminster woman tonight - sorry. Will try tomorrow.

Yours in a mellow Chardonnayed sort of way... (amazing how many typos one makes after a glass or two)

Sweet dreams.
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