Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50k report

Continuing in my series of training runs for the UTMB, last weekend saw a change of venue as I headed down south ("dan saf" as they say here) via riot torn London to visit in-laws in Portsmouth and take part in the local Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 trail run.  The name derives from the fact that this takes in 5 river crossings; 4 hills; 3 stately homes; 2 castles and one cathedral.  All very pretty, and weather cooperated quite nicely for a change.  The 50k is part of a number of races and walks, all on the same day, that are in aid of the local fire brigade, and there were about 90 starters.  Compared to my recent forays in Lake and Peak districts this was pretty flat going and was in fact 100% runnable and, again unlike the other races, the course was well marked for the most part.  As with most races here, the aid stations were mostly just water stops and (like many of the other runners) I went out with virtually no fuel which was a mistake. After a few hours we were mostly running on empty, but thankfully came across one aid station that had delicious bread and butter pudding, so a few miles later got a second wind and flew for the last 5 or so miles.  Winning time was a M50 runner from Portsmouth Jogging club who came in at 4:04 and I came in 29th (3rd M55) at 4:43, which I was quite pleased with considering the recent level of effort.  Next stop Chamonix!  Nick K.