Wet, Hilly, Windy and Muddy. Are the four words our Chairman, Pat Harris,used to describe his experience at Clarendon marathon.
This point to point Marathon follows the Clarendon Way from Salisbury to Winchester. An ancient track of trail and footpath and is largely unchanged from the days it was used to transport the Kings and Queens of England across the county.
Beginning in historic Winchester the course winds its way toward King’s Somborne, before continuing to Houghton, Broughton and Middle Winterslow before making the straightish journey to Milton before turning for the final leg to Salisbury. The course is virtually all off road with some hefty elevation thrown in along the way, just to make those narrow footpaths even more difficult to tackle after the recent rainfall.
“It was brilliantly organised” said Pat “I loved the staggered starts with the walkers first, slower paced runners going off next and the speedy types an hour later. At about 13 miles the lead runners start coming through, obviously you never see them in a traditional marathon, but this way its great to give them shout outs & to receive plenty in return”
“I have to say I enjoyed it, I’m glad to have done this one. I would do it again definitely”
He finished wet, tired and muddy in 6.16.09