Look out, over a thousand runners hit the streets!

54321 trail marathon (54321 Facebook)

Published by Ellie Harries at 6:57am 12th August 2018.

Salisbury runners will be taking part in the 54321 Trail Marathon today (12th August) with massive distances to cover.

Be careful on the roads in Salisbury, there are over 1,000 runners out on the streets.

They're taking part in the 54321 Trail Marathon around the city, with runners tackling massive distances for the 23rd year.

The races are in aid of the Firefighters Charity as Salisbury Fire Station host the event.

On offer are:

  • 21K Half Marathon
  • 33K Trail
  • 42K Marathon
  • 50K Ultra Marathon

There are also walking option for the above distances as well as a 5K and 10K walk.

route map salisbury 54321 (54321 website)
The 54321 routes around Salisbury

As well as being a catchy name for a race event, Race Director Ludo Macaulay says that 54321 has a specific meaning for Wiltshire.

"Salisbury is known for it's five rivers and then the route goes over four hills, we pass through three country estates, past two castle and then the Cathedral.

"That is then taken in on a circular route, mostly off road, so we thought 'you count yourself down from 54321.'"

The first load of entrants start at 8.00am for the larger distances, which Ludo say's is a surprising amount.

"From the usual marathon being the main event - this year the Ultra which is a 50K 31 mile off road trail was the first to reach 300 runners.

"I don't know why, but they find it very popular!"

All races aim to be done by 6.00pm and if you want to watch or just be careful of the runners, you can see all the routes here.

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