In short: Beautiful and brutal! In full: The fantastic views took your mind off of the killer hills, almost! Very friendly Marshalls and lovely locals kept the runners topped up with sweets and cakes. Def will be back next year. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: My first ever marathon and it was brilliant fun ! In full: A brilliantly organised predominately off road hilly marathon taking in picturesque Purbeck. There were numerous helpful, very friendly and supportive marshalls around a well marked course. I found this to be a very friendly race that sets the standard for others to aspire. A great choice for my first marathon. Well done to all involved in providing this first class event.
In short: A privelege to be able to run with others in my backyard in an official and very well organised event - Thank you In full: Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers and other runners who made it such a memorable day. The scenery speaks for itself but its the atmosphere and organisation that make this event so special. For me it was so great to be able to compete in an event that does a big circuit within view of my house and an area I've always run with my dog. Thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: as the well known would preserver says it does what it says on the tin. purbeck marathon is what it says on the shirt. a absolutely exhilarating experience one that will make me come back for more. 10/10. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Beautiful scenery, excellent race In full: Amazing scenery through woods and fields make this race special and the organization was faultless. Don't expect a PB as it is mainly off road so thank goodness it was dry this year. If I was being picky I would try to avoid having the U-turn. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Fantastic Venue and great Atmosphere In full: What a fabulous day. Really enjoyed the race at The Vyne. Lovely venue for a trail run through the woods. Atmosphere was fantastic. Chineham Park Runners did a great job organising this event. Really hope there will be another one next year. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Fabulous event! In full: Superb event and a perfect mixture of a demanding run with irresistible reasons - views, hugging Batman, wine tasting, pipe bands, pirates handing out jelly babies - to take a rest. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: PB potential and free beer makes a perfect combo! In full: Fantastically well organised, Flat (therefore Fast) course along quiet roads in beautiful countryside. Nice momento (a branded half-pint glass), better still the 2 x 70 kegs on offer to finishers afterwards.
Definitely recommend this race to others, fast and definite PB course. Not too congested either with little under 300 runners.
Will be back for more....beer :) Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: If you want to run a 1/2 marathon this is the best one to run In full: My favourite run of the year done this run 3 times now and enjoyed every one. Big thanks to organisers, marshals and fellow runners for making it a very enjoyable day. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Avoid like the plague if you are a slow runner In full: I found it very difficult to rate this race. If you are a fast/average runner it was probably good. As a slower runner I was rather upset to reach the first water station to find they had run out of water. To reach the second and, again, no water was extremely bad. By mile nine I was starting to feel the effects of dehydration. Muzzy head etc. It was a warm day and water was very much needed. At the second water station the marshals were starting to pick up the discarded bottles and tipping half empty bottles into each other to make full ones and handing them out. I do not blame the marshals, in fact I sympathised with them very much. They were obviously, highly embarrassed, when it really wasn't their fault. I felt so bad by mile nine, that I vowed when I reached the final water station that if they were handing out second hand bottles I would have to take one and risk whatever. Fortunately, there were some left. I wasn't the last by any means, so there were plenty behind me, as well as some in front that did 10 miles on a warm day with no water. When finally, I crossed the line I was looking around for the medals and tee shirts. I heard mumbling about 'medals/post/extra cost', but it went over my head. Then I asked someone at a table where the medals and tee shirts were. I was informed that they had run out of those and I would have to go into the hall to register to have them sent to me. in the hall, despite asking several people where the organisers were I found no one. By this time, I had had enough and left. On the way out I overheard two women who must have had the same experience. They too left without registering. I have since been informed that they know the last person to receive medal and shirt and anyone after that will receive theirs in the post. We will see. It really is a shame because the scenery is nice. The marshals were very friendly (I was fortunate enough not to come into contact with the one that was berating the ones walking). They do say not to expect a slick GNR type race. This for me was part of the attraction. However, to not have nearly enough water was negligence in the extreme. Overall it had the potential to be good but failed on the most important thing - Water! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: When does undulating become hilly? In full: Slightly more than undulating, but not desperately hilly. Very well organised, nice finish through the grounds of the abbey and very good medal and goody bag. Still needs more portaloos though! Will be back next year. Date of review: September 16, 2014