PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release 3 May 2016

Another great year for the Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon

People came from as far afield as Canada, Holland and Italy this weekend to take part in Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon. The event, the only multi-discipline event of its kind in Wiltshire, saw 2,000 walkers, runners and cyclists take part and is expected to raise around £10,000 towards the Trust’s conservation work.

The Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon crossed Salisbury Plain between Avebury and Stonehenge, taking in some of Wiltshire’s most beautiful countryside. It’s a rare chance to see parts of Salisbury Plain not usually open to the public thanks to the support of the army.

Event organiser Derek Gard said “We were so lucky with the weather this weekend and it bought out an extra 400 walkers and cyclists on the day. It was fantastic to see so many people taking part and enjoying the Wiltshire countryside. With their support we are able to raise important funds for the Trust to help us continue protecting Wiltshire’s natural environment.”

The event is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and there was much praise from participants for the marshals along the course. Peter Wilson, who was taking part in the 30km cycle for the first time said: “It was an extremely professionally run event. It was great fun but challenging too. Everyone was clearly enjoying themselves.”

The first over the line in the Neolithic Marathon was Mr Sandison from Leven in Scotland in a time of 3 hours, 6 minutes and 40 seconds.