In short: A well organised multi terrain race In full: The second running of the NF Forest Marathon at its new venue. I collected my race pack and parking ticket the Friday before, which obviated the need to arrive ridiculously early on the day.
The Organisers had listened to last years constructive comments and changed the course to include more off road, and improved the signage, which was a bit iffy, or non existent in place last year. Energy drinks were an improvement over messy gels which are difficult to open, sticky, and get thrown on the ground, spoiling the forest. The Marshalls were helpful and encouraging and the water stations were well staffed by enthusiastic helpers. There was lots of encouragement from spectators enjoying the sunshine, which helped to keep us all going.
I will definitely do the marathon again next year, all being well. Date of review: September 15, 2016
In short: A very well organised Trail run In full: My second running in the 33k and the signage was much improved. I didn't get lost like last year.
The organisation was excellent, with ample parking, efficient number collection, men's urinal to ease queues for the portaloos and efficient and encouraging marshalls.
The feed stations were at regular intervals, some with orange slices, bananas, cake and bread and butter pudding.
I was never out of sight of other runners which was reassuring, as there is nothing worse than being on your own, and not sure whether you are on the right road. I will be back again next year, all being well. Date of review: August 18, 2016
In short: A well organised, challenging, multi terrain race. In full: This was a first class race, and especially well organised considering it was the inaugural. The course was challenging, but good times were still possible. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging, and signage was good. Water stations were well manned, and also offering the energy drink as well as water. We received a medal and water at the finish, and then a very welcome cup of hot soup and bread roll. There were 8 runners from my club, and we have recommended it on our web to our other members. Well done for such a good race! Date of review: December 15, 2015
In short: A fairly challenging course, especially in the hot conditions In full: A well organised race, with ample parking facilities and well marshalled. A drinks station for those that needed it, and a bottle of water and medal at the finish. Only complaint really is that the race has reverted from chip to manual timing. I presume this is due to costs, and having to pay a traffic management company to close off the roads. Date of review: September 8, 2015
In short: A well organised race, but spoilt by confusing or non existant signage In full: This was my first entry to the Salisbury Trail Races and I ran the 33k. Parking, number collection, toilets start etc. all very effective, as was early signage. Plenty of water stations, some with food and jelly babies, but would have been better with bottles, rather than cups. There were some areas where the different races split where the signage was unclear which route to take. There were other times where there were no signs at all, and runners were waiting for each other to see if any of them knew which way to take. Having read back over previous years reviews, it seems that signage is a continuing problem. We were advised to carry instructions and map with us, but unless you are a runner that can run with reading glasses, or doesn't wear glasses, then they are useless. I shall probably run again next year, but hope they will have sorted out the signage problems. Date of review: August 12, 2015
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race In full: This is a very popular multi terrain race, which attracts runners of all abilities. Organisation, as always, was first class, with ample parking, friendly enthusiastic Marshalls, well stocked drinks stations, and of course lovely forest scenery. This was my 23rd time at the race, and only the second that had rain. It was much cooler this year, which probably accounted for me running the fastest time for this race since 2000. I will be back next year, all being well, as a 70 year old, so I hope the Organisers will include a 70 age category, which is sadly lacking. Date of review: July 16, 2015
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race In full: My third in a row running of this race, where the icy winds were a real contrast with last years much warmer conditions.
A pity that the Leisure Centre was still unavailable, due to renovations etc. but the Organisers did a good job using the fire station for number collection, changing etc. The men's urinal in a large green portaloo was a good idea, as it helped keep the long queue down to reasonable proportions.
A very enjoyable race, with nice scenery and only a couple of minor hills. Well marshalled and no problems at the water stations.
Very pleased with the excellent technical t shirt at the finish. I definitely hope to be back next year, when I will be in the 70 age category and attempting to get a prize. Date of review: March 12, 2015
In short: A challenging race, but good times still possible In full: My first time for this race, although I did the marathon a few years ago when it still started from Ryde. It was a freezing cold day with an icy cold wind which was biting. I've the greatest admiration for all the brave marshalls that stood for hours in the cold and shouted out encouragement to us. Also the well organised,secure baggage area and overall excellent race organisation. The only improvement would be more toilets, which is a problem at all races. I understand it was a new route this year, and everyone I have spoken to agrees that it was an improvement on previous years, so well done again to the Organisers and all the helpers. I'll definitely be back next year God willing. Date of review: February 3, 2015
In short: A very well organised race, with a very friendly atmosphere In full: Conditions for this multi terrain race were perfect. Dry and sunny but not too hot. Marshalls were friendly and encouraging, and water station at the start of the climb at 5k was welcome. Also top marks to the helpers serving tea and cake which went down well.
It was a nice touch having the Mayor giving out the trophy cups, and I and a club mate both received one. It was our first time at this race and we will return next year, hopefully with more club members.
It was a shame that there were not more runners, especially considering the perfect weather. Date of review: October 6, 2014
In short: A challenging race, but good times still possible In full: A very well organised race, with nice touches such as the friendly ladies serving teas and cake from the pavilion, and supervised baggage storage including keys. This is the first race that I have been to that labelled keys! Parking was hassle free which is always a blessing.
The course was hilly, as promised, with lots of fast downhills, making up for the tough ups. The Marshalls were all very friendly and supportive, drinks stations sensibly spaced out, and two Jelly Baby staions which were very welcome.
Results were on line in the afternoon, which was very impressive.
There were three of us running from my club, and we will try and recruit more for next year. It's a pity that there were only 206 runners, and I hope that won't put you off holding the race again next year. Date of review: August 4, 2014