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.