Sarsen Trail Early Bird Discount ending soon
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has today issued a reminder that the discounted entry for the Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon ends midnight on Friday 7 March 2014.
Speaking about the discount, event organiser, Derek Gard, said “Bookings are up on last year which is fantastic news but we have room for more! If you want to come out and run it, walk it or bike it, you should book before 7 March to get your early bird discount. This year, the date of the Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon will be 4 May 2014”
The event is the Trust’s major fundraising event of the year and has grown substantially as it increases in popularity.
It is traditionally held on the first bank holiday of May which, this year, will be Sunday 4 May.
The event prides itself on having something for almost everyone with a variety of lengths, and ways to participate.
For a leisurely day, there are a variety of walks, or for those who want to pick up the pace, there are several running events as well as the opportunity for cycle enthusiasts to come on one of the bike routes.
Even dogs are catered for with the chance to run with their owners.
Derek explained more about the event, saying “It is not only the major fundraiser for the Trust, it is the only day of the year when the MOD open the plain for people to walk, run or bike across it. We are, as always, very grateful to the MOD for continuing their support for us by allowing us this unique access. The plain is a special place for wildlife so it is wonderful to be able to enjoy the scenery.”
As is the tradition of the day, the route will start at the stone circle of Avebury and end at the iconic stones of Stonehenge.
It’s back! The event that runners, walkers and bikers look forward to all year!
The Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon, one of Wiltshire’s important leisure events will take place on Sunday 4 May 2014.
Not only is this a significant date for serious runners, walkers and cyclists, it is also a fun day for families wanting to enjoy the countryside and raise money for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Run it, walk it, bike it, enjoy it
This event includes the Full and Half Marathon, a range of walks (7, 11, 15 and 26 miles) and a two new bike routes of either a 30 or 50 km multi-terrain, circular mountain bike route, starting and ending at Stonehenge.
The new cycling routes will this year go through Salisbury Plain allowing cyclists to enjoy the vast beauty of this unique landscape.
Money raised from the event supports the critical conservation work of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, developing a sustainable future for wildlife and people.
“This is a rare opportunity for people to access an area which is usually closed to the public and to enjoy this spectacular landscape. I am also pleased to say that we have been given permission to take this year’s cycling route through Salisbury Plain.
"Almost 2,500 people took part last year and I expect this year will be equally popular. Marathon places are limited, so I urge people to sign on as soon as possible.
"This year, we are delighted to thank Mini Plant Swindon for their support.” says Sarsen Trail coordinator Derek Gard.
It’s a fabulous, fun-filled day on a route full of ups and downs and a mixture of grassland and farm tracks stretching across stunning landscape from the Vale of Pewsey, through the Avon Valley and across the wilds of Salisbury Plain.
For wildlife watchers, the northern half of the route from Avebury to Redhorn Hill is an area rich in wildlife and you can expect to see skylarks, brown hares, sedge warblers and kingfishers. The route crosses fields and country lanes as well as a couple of busier roads and a railway line.
The route is fully stewarded with first aid cover and support vehicles and a free coach service is offered for walkers between the starting and finishing points. The Trust provides regular water and toilet stops with refreshments available along the route.
All participants who cross the finish line at Stonehenge receive free refreshments at the end, along with a medal awarded to all those who finish their chosen route. Thanks to English Heritage those with medals will have the opportunity to enter the Stonehenge site for free for the rest of the day.
Entry fees cover the Trust’s costs for organising the event and more funds can be raised for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust through individual sponsorship.
Register before 7 March for our early bird discount!
For further information email email@example.com.
Online booking is available now via www.wiltshirewildlife.org.