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In contrast to the last couple of years the weather reverted to an overcast day with a few spots of rain although once again not too cold. Nearly 60 walkers set off on the usual route around Durrington before visiting the checkpoint at Woodhenge then across the field and past the Cuckoo Stone before returning back to the roads via the old railway track.

The weather forecast for Sunday promised rain and didn’t disappoint. An early morning shower was just a taste for what was in store from midday onwards.  Luckily most of the entrants on the shorter routes managed to get back without getting too soaked but those on the long route caught the heaviest of the rain.  The car parks filled up as just over 500 entrants signed on for their choice of routes before setting off prepared for the normal sticky going.  However the conditions weren’t nearly as bad underfoot as most expected despite the rain but it wouldn’t be the Stomp if there was no mud and as to be expected at this time of the year most encountered enough to keep them happy.  Despite the heavy overcast and wet conditions nearly all arrived back at the Sports Centre by the closing time with the few still left out being accounted for.  As has become an annual event the canteen at the finish soon became a focal point where walkers meet up for the first social gathering of the year.

Thanks to all the marshals out on the route for keeping everybody supplied with drinks, biscuits and sweets at the checkpoints and for putting up with the very wet conditions.

So, once again, for the 29th year of holding the event we managed  to get through it without any serious hiccups as its always a bit of a risk putting on an event at this time of the year.gain.

Many thanks to all those that have supported us over the years.

The 2018 Stomp will be organised by City of Salisbury Athletics & Running Club, further details from Di Cross, tel 07708 410539.

2017 Stomp