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Clarendon Marathon

Clarendon Marathon (26 miles)
Clarendon Half Marathon (13 miles)
Clarendon Mini (5 miles)
Salisbury to Winchester
Running or Walking

Overview

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 (26 miles), we also have a half marathon event (13 miles) and a mini (last 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 join us for the last 5 miles.  For spectators with children, we will also have a kiddie's race around the grounds of Kings School.

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. 

Click here for the 3 minute video (trailer for Clarendon the Movie 2019)

Click here for the full 35 minute video (Clarendon the Movie 2019)

 

 

 


Booking for 2020

The race will be on Sunday 4th October 2020.

The entry is an inclusive one.  All entrants will be given a free medal and a free tshirt when they cross the finish line.  Also a copy of the Souvenir Program.  Use of the buses will also be included.
Prices are:

  • £35 for the full marathon (26.2 miles).
  • £25 for the half marathon (13.1 miles).
  • £18 for the mini (5 miles). 
  • £80 for a 4 person relay team.
  • Children's race at Kings School (free, just turn up - 12.30pm)

The above prices are early bird rates.  These prices will increase 1 June.  Please do help us by booking early.

Online entries will close on Sunday 20 September 2020. 

It will still be possible for runners to book on the day but an additional late fee of £10 (donation to Rotary charities) will be requested.

If you are booking on the day, you can still use the buses.

Clarendon coffee mugs are available for £8 each.

A massage after the run will cost £10.

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%).

Click here to go to the registration page

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.

 


Coronavirus: Plan A and Plan B

Lots of people have been sending us messages asking; will the Clarendon Marathon be running on Sunday 4 October (plan A) or is there a plan B?

At the moment, we are continuing to press ahead with our original plan (plan A).  We are hoping that by October things will have settled down and that it should be reasonable for us to hold the event.  We will of course make a few changes to encourage social separation wherever this is possible, but other than that, most things will continue, as in previous years.

In coming up with this, we have considered the following:

The corona virus is highly contagious and there is unlikely to be a vaccine until well into next year.  This is what makes it very different to the common flue that most of us have experienced at some time in out lives.

The present lock down will help to slow the spread of the disease, but it will not stop it.  What will be achieved, is that we will hopefully stop the NHS from being overwhelmed.  This is why the present lock down is very important.

Over the next 12 months or so, the majority of people in the UK, will be exposed to the virus.  There will be some people who do not catch it, as they will have a natural immunity, but we don’t know if this will be a significant percentage of the population or a very tiny percentage of the population.  There will be quite a few people who catch it and only have minor symptoms.  There will be lots of people who will be very sick.  Sadly, as we are already seeing, there will be a lot of people who get it very badly and die, especially if they have underlying health conditions.

There will be some people who, unknowingly, will carry the virus for up to 2 weeks and will spread it to people that they come in contact with, directly or indirectly.

It is likely that people who have had the virus, will then develop their own immunity and will then not get it again and will not spread it.

It is likely that by October, the government, taking the advice of its scientific advisers, will have significantly freed up social movement but we can be certain that everyone will be encouraged to continue to maintain as much social distancing as possible.

The other great running event that is scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October is the London Marathon.  If this goes ahead as is, it will involve something like 100,000 people (runners and spectators) crowding into London and it is likely that maintaining a 2m distance would be impossible.  It might be that the London Marathon will not take place, as if it did go ahead, there would be significant potential for further spread of the virus.  Or it may go ahead but with very much reduced numbers.

The Clarendon is nothing like the size of the London Marathon.  We generally have about 1,000 runners and I feel we should be able to operate the event in a way that virus spread will be minimised.  However, there still will be some risk.

If you have already had the virus, then it is unlikely that you will be able to pick up or spread the virus.  It will be reasonable to assume that running the Clarendon should be no problem at all.

If you have not had the virus, then you will need to continue to take precautions.  Depending on your circumstances you may wish to join us on the Clarendon or you may wish to give it a miss this year.

If you are in a health risk category then it may be best to give the Clarendon a miss this year.

At this point in time, the above is the situation as we see it, but of course this could all change.  We will certainly be following the guidance from the government, who in turn are guided by their scientific advisors.

Should the situation be such that we cannot run the event, then we do of course have a plan B.  This will be to postpone the event and carry all the bookings over to the next year.  If you have any queries about this, please do contact us directly.

 


Why not run 'The Mini' only the last 5 miles!

In 2016 we introduced our new mini run which allows runners to join us just for the last 5 miles.  This run starts in the middle of Farley Mount Country Park at 1.45pm (bus leaves Kings School Winchester at 12.30pm).  The cost inclusive of a bus pass to get there and when you have completed the run you will also be given a special tshirt and medal.  This is a great opportunity to join other friends that are running in the full event.  It will also be a good starting point for very young runners who would like to get a feel for what it is all about.  Maybe this year you can run the mini, next year the half marathon, and the year after you can attempt the full marathon distance.

 


Map of the route and GPX file

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clarendon-map

You can see a detailed map of the full marathon route by opening this external map page - it will open a new window in your browser.  Please note that we start at Salisbury and finish at Winchester.  The mile markers count down, 26 miles as we leave Salisbury, 1 mile as we get close to Winchester.  When you click on this map, the mile markers are in the correct places but the F and the S are incorrect.

In addition we also have a graph showing ascent and descent (hills and valleys).  Click here.

We have also created a GPX file of the Clarendon Marathon route, for those who know how, to download and upload to their GPS watch.

You can download the file here. Please be aware that you download any files at your own risk. While we do all we can to ensure no viruses or malicious scripts are present, you should always make sure you have the latest anti-virus definitions on your computer.

 


Results and Photos for 2019

Click here for full results for 2019 (coming soon).

Click here to see photos for 2019 (coming soon).

Click here for the 3 minute video (Trailer for Clarendon The Movie 2019).

Click here for the full 35 minute video (Clarendon the Movie 2019).

 

 

 


Why not run 'The Mini' only the last 5 miles!

In 2016 we introduced our new mini run which allows runners to join us just for the last 5 miles.  This run starts in the middle of Farley Mount Country Park at 1.45pm (bus leaves Kings School Winchester at 12.30pm).  The cost inclusive of a bus pass to get there and when you have completed the run you will also be given a special tshirt and medal.  This is a great opportunity to join other friends that are running in the full event.  It will also be a good starting point for very young runners who would like to get a feel for what it is all about.  Maybe this year you can run the mini, next year the half marathon, and the year after you can attempt the full marathon distance.