In short: Superb run in and around Salisbury and the stunning Wiltshire Countryside In full: Fantastic event I loved it, I did the 21K (or 22 by my GPS) and for a great cause too, very well organised start and finish and the marshals were excellent - a good challenging course with some great sights on the way.
I would call it a Multi-Terrain rather than a Trail run as about 50% was on roads and pavements, fair enough the organizers send out full details of the differing surface types in advance so to me it was 50/50 call on which shoes to wear- I decided to wear my trail shoes for grip off road - next time I will wear road shoes as boy those hard road surfaces really took their toll on my feet in the lightweight trails shoes.
I think the point made about the signs by other runners is valid though, even in the city around the Cathedral runners temporarily lost the signs I saw runners diverting down different streets which cannot be good from a safety point of view not everyone can run and read a map at the same time especially with crowds of shoppers in your way. I lost the signs and the view of the runner in front of me too, but I know Salisbury very well and in the end I guessed which way the route was going towards the central car park. Date of review: August 12, 2015
In short: Nice hills, hills and more hills! - a very challenging course. In full: If you were not going up you were going down. Good off road course but you have to like running not just up but on the side of hills too! Occasional fords across tracks cooled feet down in places. Could have done with a few more signs (loads of people walking around looking for the race registration. All in all though very good. Date of review: June 8, 2009
In full: Took part in the relay marathon, well done Gillingham Trotters for an excellent race, superb course and organsiation that put some of the much larger events in the South West to shame! Date of review: May 5, 2009
In short: Good Organisation, Challenging Hills, Very Scenic In full: Tough hills on the new course, organisation superb - sponges great idea on a hot day although the marshalls still had problems dealing with moronic drivers who still think it is OK to cross a lane with dozens of runners still running towards them. Date of review: September 22, 2008
In short: Great race spoilt by diabolical organisation In full: Where do I start?
Poor communication, stewards knew nothing, bad signposting, not enough anouncements - especially about the delayed start.
The rec is not up to holding a runners village when it rains, the park and ride went into meltdown. The start reminded me of Channel Fours recent doc on the battery farming of chickens!
The mud in the runners village resembled Glastonbury on a particularly bad day and the organised chaos at the goody bag collection point at the end of the race left most of the runners fuming after the hour delay, not to mention the mud slip way out of the finish area and down into the runners village - which we found great fun after running 13 miles!
Great course, crowd were terrific spoilt by diabolical organisation. and it can be done Bupa Great South Runs 06/07 have been held in monsoon conditions with more runners yet the organisation has been superb both years.