In short: Hard course but fun and friendly but most of all SPECTACULAR scenery In full: This race has to be one of the most special and I cant believe that of 400 who signed up 50+ didnt start. It has the most spectacular scenery for pretty much the entire 26 miles, it has a real balance of elite runners and those running for personal satisfaction - wouldnt call them fun runners, this is no run for rhino suits or fancy dress! There is an informal atmosphere that makes it special, the marshals are all terrific it feels like a proper community of runners have achieved something special whether it took 3 or 7 hours. Im very proud to have run it and would recommend anyone to try it - but beware: it's motto of "more than just a marathon" is well deserved and as a fellow runner commented "erm, 'a bit hilly' doesnt really do it justice." Miles 21-24 non stop climb really can do you in (9 & 16 aren't strolls in the park either!) Date of review: September 17, 2014
In full: Great day! Well organised, friendly runners, spectators and local people as well as amazing views made the miles fly by. Highly recommend this race, reminded me what all the miles and early mornings of training are about!Thanks to everyone who marshalled or turned out to encourage, great goody bag at the end too! Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: Fantastically organised, stunningly beautiful race In full: Loved, loved, loved this race! The organisation was exceptional, really cheerful marshalls not just out on the course, but at the start and finish areas too. Despite being a mostly off road course, it was really well marked and I think near on impossible to get lost. Where there were crowds gathered on the way round, the support was brilliant, really loud and enthusiastic, obviously spaced out on this kind of course, so when you did see them, it gave you a huge lift. I thought the goody bag at the finish was very impressive, and loved the ice cream too. Will definitely be back. Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: My absolute favourite race! In full: The Purbeck Marathon just gets better year on year. Superbly organised, the friendliest marshals ever, glorious scenery and their own beer in the goody bag - how cool is that!!! See you next year! Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: Fabulous scenery and a wonderful atmosphere - despite the wind and rain! In full: Torrential overnight rain made conditions very tricky for the first couple of miles out of town. I opted for the half and there was a good field. Stunning views over Salisbury as you head out and then the additional pleasure of running through country estates closed to the public the rest of the year. The finish past the Cathedral was really memorable as well. A great race for a great cause - I will definitely be back next year (and maybe I will have trained enough to complete the marathon). Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: My second time at this glorious run and just as enjoyable. I love the scenery and the fact that you can see the whole route ahead of you from about a third of the way round . Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: Fab run , great atmosphere and organization !! In full: Definately one to do challenging at one point but fairly steady running the rest , nice people very friendly and all made perfect with glorious weather :-) nice pub for sausage and mash afterwards and a nice drink and chat post race ! Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: A fantastic event very well organised with plenty of friendly people In full: This was my first marathon and although a difficult route it provided scenery that took your mind off the pain in your legs! Everyone one involved from the organisers, runners and spectators (even the people just out walking that had nothing to do with the race) were encouraging and I truly look forward to competing again and trying to improve my time. Thank you to all involved with the event for making my first marathon such a great experience. Date of review: September 17, 2014
In short: Hard but very worthwhile In full: Yet again brilliantly organised with very friendly marshals and copious water stops.amazing goodie bag and a very welcome local beer at the end.all in all an amazing race. Date of review: September 17, 2014
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