Clarendon Marathon and Half Marathon

Salisbury, Wiltshire

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One of the UK's most exciting cross-country marathons, the Clarendon Way, claims to be the Carlsberg of cross country marathons! It's not for the faint-hearted, but runners come back year after year. Run between Wyvern College, Salisbury and Kings School, Winchester. ‘It's tough, but you'll love it!'. Also including: Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, and a 5mile run.



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The Clarendon Way Marathon (Laverstock/Salisbury to Winchester) - starting at 10:30am (earlier start of 8:00hrs for walkers and 9:30hrs for very slow runners).

The Clarendon Way Half Marathon (Broughton to Winchester) - starting at 12:15pm (earlier start of 11.45am for walkers).

The Clarendon Way Relay x4 Marathon (Laverstok/Salisbury to Winchester) - starting at 10:30am.

The Clarendon Mini (last 5 miles only. Farley Mount Country Park to Winchester) - starting at 1.45pm.

The run mainly follows the Clarendon Way setting off through the Clarendon Estate and then on through the villages of Pitton, Winterslow and Broughton. Broughton is the midway point where the Half Marathon runners join the course. From here the route takes you through to Houghton and then across the River Test to Kings Somborne, then on up to Farley Mount, down through the woods and eventually on to the finish at Kings' School, Winchester (SO22 5PN). The route is mostly off-road, is tough and challenging but possibly one of the most scenic races you'll ever enter.

The Relay Marathon follows the same course as the full marathon. It comprises a four-stage relay, each leg being an average of 6.5 miles in length but they are not equal lengths. The first leg is approx 10.5km, second leg is 10.4km, third leg is longest at 12.3km and the fourth leg is the shortest at 9.0 km. The third leg is the most challenging as, in addition to being longer in distance, it also has a greater hill climb in height. The fourth leg is the easiest as it is the shortest and some of it is down hill. The relay marathon starts at 10.30am.

Teams are usually mixed sex (usually 3 males and one female) but we are also encouraging all male and all female teams. There is a prize for the first mixed team, first male team and first female team.

Registration is open from 8.00. Runners should allow plenty of time to pick up their race numbers and their team batton (wrist band). This is to be passed on to the next runner at each transition point.

The relay change over points are as follows (click for maps):

To help reduce road traffic congestion in the Middle Winterslow area can we ask all support personel to please enter via the A30, Firs Road, The St, The Plantation, The Sports Ground. When leaving, please do not exit by going further into Winterslow along Middleton. Instead please exit by reversing your journey back along The Plantation, The St and then up to the A30. Once you are on the A30 you will be able to travel east and then take the B3084 down into Broughton.

The Half Marathon starts at 12:15pm in Rookery Lane, near the village hall, in Broughton (SO20 8AX), and continues along the marathon course to finish at Kings' School in Winchester. There is also an earlier start time for walkers only at 11.45am.

Registration opens at 11.00. Runners should allow plenty of time to pick up their race numbers.

Mini (the last 5 miles only)

The mini start location is on the main trail in the middle of Farley Mount Country Park (Grid Ref SU417294). Participants in the 'Mini' will have the opportunity to chear the early runners and then join the main pack an hour later. The first runners from the main event are expected to be passing through this location from 12:45pm.

The bus from Winchester carrying the mini runners will arrive at about 1.00pm and the mini runners will be able to watch some of the marathon runners going through. The mini will then set off at 1.45pm.

See bus time table section for more detailed infomation

Kids Race (free)

We will hold a fun race for young children who are waiting with their parents at Kings School Winchester. This will be a very informal event, it is free and you do not need to pre-book. We are planning to set the children off at approx 12.30 for a short race within the school grounds. All the participants will be finished in plenty of time to see the marathon runners who will be arriving from about 13:15 onwards.

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Beautiful course, really well supported

A lovely event, really well organised and sorted over a beautiful course. The last 2 miles are a bit tedious after all the hard work being there but I had a great day.

Oliver Fryer / Oct 07, 2019

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