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
In short: friendly well organised excellent value In full: Everything was perfect, even the weather! Very frequent water stations, excellent goody bag & very friendly runners. I will be back & will bring others with me. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: The Best of Times. The Worst of Times In full: The best of times, the downhills. The worst of times, the uphills. Fantastic course, well marshalled, enjoyed every second of this tough event. Well done to all involved. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Brilliant, beautiful trail race In full: CPRC should be very proud of putting on a first class event. Marshals were fantastically cheerful, encouraging and colourful. The run itself was challenging, a couple of hills to add another dimension to a beautiful trail run through lovely woodlands. Prettiest run I've done this year. The medal was a stroke of genius -whoever thought that up, be very proud. I will be back next year without a doubt. Thanks CPRC. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: Fantastic trail run In full: Really enjoyed this 10k run. It was nicely challenging and the marshals were so friendly and encouraging. Beautiful scenery and brilliant organisation. I will definitely do this one again.
In short: My most favourite marathon to date! Stunning landscape, trails, fields and a Castle! In full: I entered this marathon knowing it was not going to be one of my PB's however I never expected it to be my most favourite marathon completed yet! From start to finish the scenery was breath taking and helps take your mind off the task in hand. Although it was hard underfoot on the trails I took it steady. Did not feel guilty walking up most of the hills as that was what most people were doing, conserving energy! The drink stations were plentiful, well stocked considering the very warm weather with friendly and encouraging marshall's checking that every one was ok and drinking plenty. After the very very long climb out of Corfe is was downhill all the way to the finish. However the end seemed to last forever. The seafront road was closed but we still had to turn a bend a run up a teeny tiny hill to the finish. Shame the end was not on the road but logistically I can see why you had to finish on the field. Delicious ice cream and a chair in the shade was thrust upon finishers! It was even warm enough for a dip in the sea afterwards! All your marshall's were fantastic as well spectators and all the local people who came out cheering us through various places. I would recommend this marathon and the sense of achievement afterwards (cause lets face it, there are lots of hills) is so worth it. Thank you to the organisers, fellow runners and the people of Swanage and surrounding area for making it such a memorable event. Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: The most fun you can have running 13.1 miles In full: Brilliant, brilliant day!
I managed to beat my marathon PB by 30 seconds... over a half marathon distance! This was entirely due to the 15-20 minute wine stops and being so drunk by the time I finished, that I couldnt even walk straight, nevermind run!
See you next year! Date of review: September 16, 2014
In short: My best running event to date In full: The Purbeck Marathon uniquely combines magnificent scenery on a big country tour, with a warm personal touch: there's intensity of being alive when you initially forge West along the coastal path from Durlston Head, then pass through the splendid Dorset villages such as Worth Matravers, Kingston and Corfe Castle, with people out cheering and applauding - a kind of Jubilee atmosphere - which reaches its climax towards the finish as you are welcomed back into Swanage by the onlookers and meet a refreshing sea breeze and sight of the waves, the Mayor (?!) in full regalia and ringing a bell as you go past. Having walked extensively in this area 10-20 years ago, the route took me to new places and vistas e.g. high up along the fringe of the army firing range. To enjoy this scale of scenery you would otherwise need to engage fell races and possibly suffer the effects of much steeper descents on the knees, potentially much harsher mountain weather. The Beachy Head Marathon at end-Oct is also great albeit nowadays a Council-managed, mass participation event, while the organisers at Purbeck are succeeding to keep this a friendly personal experience; officials and the director were always helpful and spoke to me warmly at the finish. Who needs the South of France or the Maldives when you can enjoy such a beautiful country tour then relax on the lawn overlooking the bay in good company, enjoying a proper ice cream! The reviewer below me here unfortunately had a bad day of it; I would say I found the marshalling and water/snacks support very good indeed; there was only one genuine moment of uncertainty that caused two runners in front of me to stop and wonder, shortly before the descent into Corfe Castle: up on the hill there was a choice between a stile or open gate, with no arrow or where lower down in the course a marshal would definitely have been in place. Otherwise the route seemed well-marked and people encountered were supportive and instantly made space anywhere narrow. I carried no water or food and found the supply plentiful; the flapjacks and seedy-carob energy bars around mile 17 (?) especially good, so thank you to whoever specially supplied those?! Mind this race seems in reality longer than 26.2, the 26 mile marker came on the trail well before any road and it felt like a good mile thereafter; but I reckon it's still within grasp for a first marathon (with proper hill training) because you can take your time and walk sections; enjoy! Date of review: September 16, 2014