In short: Great intro to trail running over the usual 10k, with a great atmosphere and prize. In full: Staggered start on the canal tow-path, with a nice scenic hill at the 1/2 way mark, returning to the canal for the finish with a local festival crowd to cheer you out and back. The post-race prize (mug this year, t-shirt last year) and free bangers and mash from the local pub is a nice change from the usual goody bag. a banana would be nice though! Will be back next year. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Stunning route over magnificent countryside. Brilliantly challenging and rewarding In full: Organisation was exceptional in every way. Fantastic marshals. A really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is a very challenging race, but it's not about PBs rather about enjoying the exceptional countryside. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: A good, well-supported first race. Organisation could be tightened up in parts. In full: (Half Marathon Review)
The first time this race has been organised and overall a good first event.
The course is a little hillier than described, and the long (slightly uphill) drag on the dual carriageway isn't that interesting. However, apart from this part, support across the course is great. Running through Hasland (mile 10 to 11) in particular was a great atmosphere - better than some much bigger city events I've run.
Organisation on the day overall was good - no queues and the shuttle back from the half finish to the main finish area was easy and quick. Great to get a 2l bottle of water at the end - and plenty of water on the route (although bottles with no tops are not the most practical for running).
Comms before and after the event wasn't as good as on the day and reflected this being the first event the charity had organised. The site being down and results not being up for 24 hours wasn't great - many runners want to know their time and position straight away and that most events issue times pretty quickly afterwards has led us to expect this.
Overall a good course with great support and I'm sure they'll learn and improve the organisation in parts for next year! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In full: I have been coming to Swanage for years for holidays and loved it, so for my first marathon I thought why not! Nothing quite prepares you for those hills though! The scenery is amazing and all the other runners I spoke to from first timers to 100 marathon vets were just lovely! The Marshall's and water stations were fantastic and so supportive. My husband asked me that day will you do it again I said I didn't think so as it was a tough one! But can't get it out of my head SO yes I'll be there next year giving it another go! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: My first race! Everyone was friendly. Really well organised. Am planning on returning next year. In full: Lovely National Trust property. The race was well organised. It was a little daunting arriving to your first proper race (if you dont count race for life) and seeing all the running club members in their club vests, but everyone was friendly. Marshalls were helpful. Race started on time. Lovely touches of comedy corners decorated by the marshalls. We're definately doing it next year (assuming they're running it again) and going for the 10k rather than 5k. Thank you Chineham Running Club! :) Date of review: September 16, 2014
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