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Oct 1

Clarendon Marathon and Half Marathon

October 1, 2017

Clarendon Marathon and Half Marathon

Marathon and Half Marathon

Clarendon Marathon and Half Marathon; Salisbury to Winchester: Running or Walking


If you are looking for a marathon which is off road, picturesque and challenging then running the Clarendon is the ultimate. Our route takes you from Salisbury to Winchester along the ancient Clarendon Way with a few extra turns here and there to make up a full 26.2 miles. More than 90% is off road, with the trail following country tracks and paths – many of which have not changed since being travelled by the ancient Kings and Queens of England.

In addition to the full marathon distance, we also have a half marathon event and this year we are also introducing a mini run of just 5 miles. If you want to join us but are not able to run the full course, please feel welcome to get a team of 4 together and run in a relay or enter the mini and run in with us for the last 5 miles.

Our marathon event was first run in 1998. It was founded and organised by Paul Elderkin, a keen runner and member of a local Hash House Harriers Club. In 2012, Paul passed the management of the race over to the Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Salisbury.

The entry fee for 2017 is an inclusive one. All entrants will be given a free medal and a free tshirt when they cross the finish line. Use of the buses will also be included.
Early bird prices for bookings before 1 June are:

£30 for the full marathon (26.2 miles). £35 after 1 June.
£22 for the half marathon (13.1 miles). £25 after 1 June.
£20 for the mini (5 miles). £20 after 1 June.
£70 for a 4 person relay team. £80 after 1 June.
Online entries close on Tuesday 19 September. It will be possible for runners to book on the day but an additional late fee of £10 (donation to Rotary charities) will be requested.

Clarendon coffee mugs are available for £5 each.

A massage after the run will cost £7.

If you wish to use the event as an opportunity to raise funds for your favourite charity, all the money that you raise can be put directly to your charity (100%).

Your early bookings are much appreciated as this helps us when we are forecasting how many tshirts and medals to order and lots of other things. Please book as early as possible.

Click here to go to the registration page

Event Info

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). Cost £30.00.
The Clarendon Way Half Marathon (Broughton to Winchester) – starting at 12:15pm (earlier start of 11.45am for walkers). Cost £22.00.
The Clarendon Way Relay x4 Marathon (Laverstok/Salisbury to Winchester) – starting at 10:30am. Cost £70.00.
The Clarendon Mini (last 5 miles only. Farley Mount Country Park to Winchester) – starting at 1.45pm. Cost £20.00.
Full Marathon

The Full Marathon starts from Wyvern College, Laverstock, Salisbury (SP1 1RE). 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.

Registration is open from 7.30am. Runners should allow plenty of time to pick up their race numbers.

The full marathon starts at 10:30am. Marathon runners should aim to reach the half marathon start point in Broughton in less than 2hrs 45mins i.e. by 13:15pm.

There is also an option to make an early start at Wyvern School at 8:00am or 9:30am (instead of 10:30am) if you are planning to walk the route or jog very slowly (please let us know when you book if you require an early start). Participants can only take the early start time if they are very slow and anticipate arriving at Winchester after 3:00pm but no later than 4:00pm. Participants taking the 9:30 start should only do so if they are likely to need more than 5 hours to complete the course. There are no prizes applicable for early starters. If you are a fast runner please do not take the early start as the marshals and the various support teams will not be in place.

Buses are available pre-race and post-race depending on your requirements however please note that there are no pre-race buses available for the early starters. Early starters will need to transport themselves to Laverstoke, run the course to Winchester, then take the post-race bus.

The first runners are expected to arrive at the finish line at Kings School in Winchester at approx 1:15pm. We hope that all the runners (and strollers and walkers) will complete the course by 4.00pm at the very latest.

Relay marathon (x4)
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):

Start from Wyvern College, Salisbury – SP1 1RE

The first changeover is in Middle Winterslow at the Sports Ground at OS Grid ref SU 237 329, (SP5 1RD).
The second changeover is at Broughton, Rectory Lane OS Grid ref SU 308330, (SO20 8AB) Please note, this is not the start point for the half marathon.

The third changeover is at Farley Mount Country Park car park (closest car park to the monument) OS Grid ref SU 407 293
The finish is at the Kings’ School in Winchester. OS Grid ref SU 458 291, (SO22 5PN).

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.

Half marathon
The Half Marathon starts at 12:15pm at 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 http://www.clarendon-marathon.co.uk/more-info

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.

Cut off times
If on the day you find you are running very slowly, you may be directed by a marshal to leave the course and accept a lift to Winchester. We have a large number of marshals along the route and it is not fair to keep them out on the course for an extended period. To be allowed to stay in the race you must make it to the drinks stations by the required times. Please see these times listed below. Please note that if you are a slow runner you should consider taking one of the earlier starts to ensure you reach the drinks stations within the cut off time.

Drink stations
Drink stations are located at the following locations. In the past these have been good places for spectators to see the runners but due to the traffic congestion in the area we are now asking spectators not to drive around the course hoping to see their friends. Instead, if you are a spectator, please go direct to Kings School.

Station 1 – Clarendon Estate (near the palace ruins), Grid Ref SU181301.
Station 2 – Pitton Village Hall, Grid Ref SU213312.
Station 3 – Winterslow Recreation Ground, Grid Ref SU237328.
Station 4 – Buckholt Farm, Grid Ref SU277322.
Station 5 – Broughton, Rectory Lane, Grid Ref SU308330.
Cut off time 13:15.
Station 6 – Houghton, Grid Ref SU338316.
Cut off time 13:40.
Station 7 – Kings Somborne (near The Old Vicarage), Grid Ref SU361311.
Cut off time 14:00.
Station 8 – Ashley Road, Grid Ref SU390297.
Cut off time 14.30.
Station 9 – Farley Mount Monument, Grid Ref SU407292.
Cut off time 14:45.
Station 10 – West Wood (on the northern side), Grid Ref SU418304.
Cut off time 15:00.
Station 11 – West Wood (south side, near the road), Grid Ref SU424294.
Cut off time 15:15.
Station 12 – Ham Green, Near the Cattery, Grid Ref SU435306.
Cut off time 15:25.
Station 13 – Pincent Scout Camp Entrance, Grid Ref SU451297.
Cut off time 15:50.


October 1, 2017
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Wyvern College
Church Road Salisbury SP1 1RE SP1 1RE United Kingdom + Google Map
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Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Salisbury
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