In short: Hot, hilly, hellish (in parts) but makes you feel heroic In full: Really looked forward to the 21k race and it didn't disappoint. The route through the Clarendon Park and Longford Castle (usually closed to the public) are stunning.
It is a very tough run, with three very tough hills/climbs. Was absolutely exhausted by the end of it but very proud to have completed it too.
The 21k was in fact measured at 23k but the organisers jokingly announced that this might be the case at the start of the race and asked competitors to check their GPSs when they'd finished and let them know! A great way of diffusing and making light of what might have annoyed some runners.
Well marshalled with friendly staff, on the whole good signage, well placed drinks stops, particularly the one 3 miles from home offering fruit as well as water.
Three and half hours after finishing and still shattered! Despite that, still tempted to run it again next.
Well done Salisbury and well done the Firestation. Date of review: August 12, 2012
In short: Quite simply the best Marathon event I've been involved with In full: Have no doubt this is an utter beast of a run but equally sensational. If you take part, you can die happy. A wonderfully organised event and a simply wonderful route going through some of the most grueling but picturesque countryside you could wish for. They run a relay, half and full marathon for all tastes and experience. Date of review: November 1, 2009
In short: Warm-up act at the start turned it into a bit of a pantomime. But the race itself was excellent. In full: Horrendous conditions. Driving rain and bursts of strong wind made you wonder what on earth you were doing here! But very well organised - army did a good job. Sadly no crowds to cheer you on (partially because of the weather but also because you're running over MOD land), so not a course for people who need applause. Idiot warm-up bloke misread the situation entirely. Firstly it was soaking and we just wanted to get going. Secondly, his warm up was entirely inappropriate for distance running. Much eye rolling and groaning. Hopefully he will not be back next year, but I will! Date of review: November 1, 2009