In short: Do it! In full: This is the second WSR event I've done. The routes are usually pretty tough but the scenery has always been worth the pain.
Beginners beware: if your 1st off road marathon is a WSR event you risk feeling crestfallen at other marathons where 'Water Stations' are just that: not even a jelly baby in sight. Water stops at WSR events will offer a selection of savoury food, home-made cakes, sweets, fresh fruit and different drinks! The super -lovely marshalls add to the fantastic atmosphere.
There was camping, lovely food and showers.
Most importantly, the atmosphere throughout the event was fantastic. The Roman on horse to kick off the run was brilliant, the one on top of the finish waving a flag was hilarious. Any marathon where it is 'normal' to come across a Roman straightening his sandals in the middle of a wood is worth attending.
The bling was stunning.
An absolute 'must-do' event!! Date of review: July 18, 2015
In short: it was alright In full: 2nd race in Leeds the same route. This year could have been better organisation on start line as runners has been given 3color numbers, but did noticed that we started at the same point and if there was separated we didn't notice any signs neither anyone did direct us, real potentional for BP. Great marshals and reggae band was epic Date of review: July 18, 2015
In short: Tough but great race In full: Value for money and atmosphere are the key selling points of this race. This year, I entered on the day for £8 - I got a drawstring bag and buff-thing, sweets AND £1 of the entry fee was donated to charity. People can cook food on the BBQ and even camp overnight on the field at race HQ. The course is challenging - big hill in the first mile and the rest seems to be either up or down! Date of review: July 18, 2015
In short: A great fun event for experienced as well as beginners!! In full: Really enjoyed this event, first time I've done it and ran as a female pair, definitely the way to do it I think. The weather could have been better but the atmosphere and experience made up for it. Definitely will do it again next year!! Date of review: July 18, 2015
In short: Improved route this year In full: I did this last year when it was held in October - the move to July is definitely a positive. The inclusion of children's races was important as it brought loads of families to the event building a friendly and excitable atmosphere. This year's route was also an improvement on previous years, removing the horribly long grass sections in preference of road/pavement - much better! I just wish I hadn't been away on holiday the week before, meaning I was struggling towards the end. That said the crowd support in the final 400m was definitely uplifting. Date of review: July 17, 2015
In short: Interesting half on/half off - road race, friendly & welcoming host club, great apres run tuck and wine in the goody bag. In full: Great evening run with an on and off road two lap course. Was busier than organisers thought with many on the night entry with lots of club vests on show as well as unattached runners. Good venue for spectators with free entry to the farm park and double laps allowed spectators chance to cheer on friends and family mid-race. Fun and friendly atmosphere, a bottle of race labelled wine from the run sponsor in the goody bag really nice touch (medal for under 18s) and hog roast available in addition to usual cakefest. First race hosted by this club,hope they do more. Date of review: July 16, 2015
In short: My favourite marathon to date In full: This was my 4th marathon.
Despite it being incredibly challenging for me (over 3000 feet of elevation gain and 27 miles run according to my GPS, and tripping over at mile 25), this event is AMAZING and I would encourage anyone from a beginner to an experienced runner to give it a go.
Purbeck really is beautiful and the scenery along the South West Coast Path and the views of the countryside from the high ridges the course follows are reasons to do it alone.
The atmosphere near the start and middle of the race were electric, I really enjoyed the comradery with other runners.
If you are planning on doing this, I personally found the hardest bit of this race after half way from Tyneham – pace yourself for some hills on the way back!
The organisation was fantastic, especially the volunteers who kindly marshalled the event to ensure all runners followed the correct route, and gave out drinks and sweets along the course.
At the end we got a very generous goody bag / rucksack, including a t-shirt, a Purbeck ale and even some icecream. In fact this goody bag was more generous than my last major city marathon!
My only suggested improvement to the organisers would be better mile markers, but that really is nit picking.
In short: Not bad. not brilliant In full: 3rd Leeds 10k for me and for the 2nd year running the temperature was horrendous. The organisers seemed to have taken this into consideration as the water stations were better and the sponges very welcome. I'd still like to see the race started earlier to avoid the worst of the heat but accept that might pose challenges for the organisers and people traveling there. Start line organisation was not brilliant. We asked for directions to our start zone and was told by a marshal that we were all starting in the same place and to follow the others runners. Unfortunately they were all heading to a different coloured pen so we had to double back and try to find our start pen. The route itself is very boring and i know it is a town centre route but surely it could find a slightly more scenic or at least interesting route. This years medal is a massive improvement on last years but i was disappointed with the fact that there were only size large t-shirts left when i crossed the line, i wear a size small so this is no good to me at all. This is the 2nd year they have run out of the two smaller sizes before i crossed the line. The people of Leeds were amazing with their support as always and the marshals along the route were great too. If you like out and back routes and can handle heat well this is a good 10k. Date of review: July 16, 2015
In short: A well organised, possibly PB race In full: This is a very popular multi terrain race, which attracts runners of all abilities. Organisation, as always, was first class, with ample parking, friendly enthusiastic Marshalls, well stocked drinks stations, and of course lovely forest scenery. This was my 23rd time at the race, and only the second that had rain. It was much cooler this year, which probably accounted for me running the fastest time for this race since 2000. I will be back next year, all being well, as a 70 year old, so I hope the Organisers will include a 70 age category, which is sadly lacking. Date of review: July 16, 2015
In short: Great if you like trail running or want to test yourself. Mix of abilities and friendly. Super organisation In full: My first half marathon and it was great, but I'm glad I did some significant hill training before hand!
The first 2-3 miles are gentle with an extended downhill and then it becomes either up or down (again some extended ones - not used to that as I've trained on shorter, steeper hills).
Overall it's a great challenge with supporters / cheerers at multiple points through the course. Water stations (4 or 5 of them) also had gels to hand out (which I thought generous and useful).
I spent an afternoon there a few weeks before to familiarise myself with the course (roughly speaking) and I'm glad I did, because it would have been a shock otherwise.
Thank you to all the great staff, marshalls who created a friendly, happy vibe (loads of families, groups, mixed abilities etc).
I would thorougly recommend it and am definitely going next year. Date of review: July 15, 2015
In short: Great race, would definately recommend! In full: Great race! The location was amazing and the organisers did an excellent job. The volunteers were all very encouraging and the goody bags were amazing! Thank you. Date of review: July 14, 2015