In short: Wonderful race In full: This is a joy of a road race - interesting, well organised, scenic, friendly, lots of support. I don't normally run road marathons but would highly recommend this one - my favourite so far - so much better than the other bigger ones I've done. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: If Carlesberg did marathons ......... In full: This was the second time I have run the mbna Chester marathon: I loved it the first time, and loved it even more the second time! The organisation was slick, the course scenic, and the marshalls and spectators friendly and encouraging. There is nothing I could fault. A massive PB to the organisers, marshalls and everyone else involved in putting on a superb race. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Excellent, well organised race with a great atmosphere! In full: This is the 2nd time I have run the Chester marathon and it is my favourite race. Already signed up for next year. Can't fault the organisation, marshals and support. Would definitely recommend it to other runners. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Amazing!!!! In full: A phenomenal race. Great organisation, loved the bands, marshalling was brilliant, drinks stations and gels regular as clockwork. Also got a PB by 26 minutes! Whoop!! If I ever run another marathon, this would be it!!! Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: One of the best - highly recommend! In full: Can't fault this event. The organisation, support, route and atmosphere are all absolutely superb. Lovely marshalls, no big queues for the loos, fab medal and t-shirt, amazong support and jelly babies round the route. Even the weather was magnificent. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Outstanding marathon In full: A marathon run by people who truly love the sport. It has the perfect blend of 'big race' with all the small personal touches of a club race. Excellent organisation - the communication was superb, the social media, the bag drop, absolutely everything spot on. The route was delightful. Some playful little hills, but I truly believe this to be no bad thing in a marathon - it forces you to use different muscles, although can be mentally tough towards the end. Great scenery - love the racecourse start and finish and a lovely blend of quiet yet picturesque country lanes and excited villages and the town centre. Yes, I got a massive PB - but I love this race for so much more than that. It truly brought a smile to my face! Great post race atmosphere with the live singers and bar. And some kind soul even handed in my phone after I left it on a chair whilst changing before the race. Date of review: October 5, 2016
In short: Far too many runners spoilt this race In full: The number of runners made the start totally chaotic. I have run this race before and really rated it but it seems money has come before runner experience this year. The course is challenging but worthwhile. Hopefully the new HQ which I know organisers have planned will address these issues in 2017. Date of review: October 4, 2016
In short: Nice but winding course In full: Seemed expensive in the first place but then paying £8.50 for the bus and hotel costs made this a very expensive weekend. What went well: Lots was done well in this race. Nice course, if a bit meandering. Lots of helpful marshals at the start, on the course and at the finish. Bottled water throughout. Marshals were picking up bottles as we ran. Beautiful scenery. General organisation. Baggage truck team.
What could be better: An extra water stop about 20 miles is very much needed. Everyone was desperate for water which meant that when the reached the next stop people were taking two bottles and they were on the verge of running out. Please don't make us run THROUGH the finish arch whilst on the route - and then up a hit. It was torture!
In short: Organisation is second to none. The marshals and other runners are encouraging and supportive. The scenery is amazing. The course is undulating more than hilly. A great marathon from beginning to end. Date of review: October 4, 2016
In short: Great scenery. This race has problems In full: The Purbeck Marathon was recommended by a club mate.Despite entering 5 months in advance the race had no recollection of my entry.Not a good start when picking up our numbers.Race was on the start of a hill and the race brief was a rant by the organiser!!! For the first couple of miles there were bottle necks and queues, then the race started to move into the most glorious coastal scenery. I was surprised at how little signage there was on the course and how unsure we got when large gaps appeared between runners. There was little reassurance that we were not off route. The aid stations only had water. No squash or food or even gels. Perhaps we runners are pampered by ultra races these days, we assumed,maybe foolishly, that there would be other supplies. Being towards the back one of the aid stations ran close to running out of water as we got there. Marshals and stewards were great, very supportive hats off to them. The section as we ran into Corfe castle was lovely although the crowds of sightseers didnt help with progress through the streets and the gentleman in front of us nearly came to grief with a car on the road. We arrived back in Swanage to a nice welcome on the green I so wanted this to be a great race after some of the rave reviews I had read and my friends blog from 2013 saying it was wondeful The race has problems that need addressing, the medal is poor, the race is expensive comparable with Endurance life, poor signage and poor aid stations I hope these issues can be dealt with as the venue and scenery deserve better
In short: As usual amazing race. Have run all 6 of them this year got a PB! In full: Still buzzing from crossing the finishing line of my local race with a PB. Great organisation, super friendly marshals and amazing crowd support at Leigh village. It felt that everybody was out cheering us on. Thanks to the marshals and to the organiser for a fab race. Date of review: October 3, 2016
In short: Fantastic race, great welcome and very well organised. Fantastic community atmosphere. In full: A very tough course but it's always good to have a challenge. It's great fun and so well organised and everyone is so welcoming. I have done this race twice now and love it so much! Well done to all the organisers and everyone involved. Date of review: October 3, 2016