Salisbury trail race, 54321 got it name because you run by 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large county estates, 2 castles and 1 cathedral.
I have lived in Salisbury most of life but never appreciated it as much since I did this run. I came across beautiful scenery, a private castle which I never knew existed! Camels grazing with donkeys and the best flapjack I have ever tasted (CP 5)
I started this run knowing I would not run it all, I would enjoy it, take my time and do a walk / run strategy. I did walk more than I wanted to but it made me realise I need hill training and lots of it!
The morning I met up with some fellow Boshers, they are from a running site on facebook I go on, we had our photo taken, wished each other luck and went on our merry way... The runners were all friendly, I was pleased to know I was not the only one walking, so whilst walking you get talking away and meeting some more great people.
The run started off on familiar ground, I often go running here through the fields behind the river - I was expecting the huge hill that leads onto the main road but thankfully we turned right heading towards Old Sarum. The path towards Old Sarum is very narrow, I was stuck behind people that were walking but there was no way I could pass until we got out of this particular part, as soon as I got my change I run passed, wished people luck and edged myself to the fort. As I was stuck behind the walkers, other runners were now ahead of me, I could not even see them, I could not even see what way I was meant to go. This is my only critic of this run - only this part on Old Sarum was not marked for what way to go, I had a choice, straight on, left or right. I went right, the wrong way. Thankfully someone saw me, whistled up and told me to come along the top. ( I see a pattern in my runs lately, either doing an extra lap or going the wrong way)
The rest of the course were many arrows showing us the way, the rain had made the fields mushy - thankfully I got used to mud by now and become to love running in slushy mud! I spent the race walking up hill, running down.
Mile ten I got a blister, this was the only pain I encountered! Unfortunately, I left the blister plasters and continued ignoring the pain, hobbling along and telling myself this is just a walk in the park to what I am going to encounter next year.
Mile 26, I was pleased to know I had reached marathon distance! 5 more miles to go.. This won't be a problem, I know this route, in fact it's my route home from work sometimes. I can do it easily! Wrong... It was not easy. The time it normally takes me to do this route doubled on this particular day - The last 5 miles I walked most of it, through town and along the river. It wasn't until my friends husband who I had been running with a bit earlier caught up with me again and I tried my best to keep up with him. It was hard, but I did it! I completed my first ever ultra marathon. and I enjoyed every painful, wet, windy, muddy, beautiful part of it.