Entries for one of the counties most spectacular challenge events, Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon, have now opened. Those up for the challenge on the 1st May can choose to walk, run or cycle the route which goes between Avebury and Old Carter Barracks near Bulford, taking in spectacular views across Salisbury Plain and of Stonehenge. This is the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s biggest fundraising event of the year and they are hoping to raise £25,000 to help support their conservation work across the county.

With plenty of options to choose from, whether you are a serious runner, an enthusiastic mountain biker or just looking for a family day out, the Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon has something to suit everyone. The route is 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.

“This is a rare opportunity for people to access an area which is usually closed to the public and to enjoy this spectacular landscape. More than 2,000 people took part last year and I expect this year will be equally popular. Marathon places are limited, so I urge people to sign up as soon as possible.” says Sarsen Trail coordinator Derek Gard.

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 Old Carter Barracks, near Bulford, receive free refreshments at the end, along with a medal awarded to all those who finish their chosen route. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the four walking routes and the half marathon.

Event options include:

  • Full and half marathon
  • A range of walks (7, 11, 15 and 26 miles)
  • Two circular mountain bike routes of 30 or 50km.

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 4 March for the early bird discount.

Book your place now.