In short: Demanding, gruelling and hugely rewarding In full: Up and down and all around the wonderful Purbeck countryside. Great atmosphere on the run until it became a single-minded battle to keep going! Support and marshals excellent and a fantastic finish on Swanage seafront. Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Tougher than Beachyhead In full: Absolutely loved it! Everything went like clockwork - I enjoyed it so much, I was even impressed with my time. Although it was tough, the scenery and atmosphere made the miles tick by really quickly and gave me a huge second wind in the second half. Well done organisers and stewards - you did a great job! can't wait for next year! (oh and the dip in the sea at the end was brilliant for sore legs) - last point: well done on the small sized tech t shirts and matching medal Date of review: September 18, 2012
In short: Awesome In full: Absolutely fantastic event. I tend to only run races once, but this is one I can honestly say I will return to year on year. The competitors, organisers & marshals were all first class. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Beautiful,Beautiful, Beautiful! In full: The organisation was really good - much better than some long established maras. The marshals were really friendly and helped with refilling water bottles etc. The course was very tough - you have to be aware of that - but forget about your aches and pains whilst looking at the outstanding views. The entire route is amazingly beautiful - you have to run it to believe it! It finished on the beautiful seafront in Swanage, where we were personally presented with a great medal and technical T-shirt and free ice cream AND beer AND etc etc!!! Then there was free massages on offer and lots of people opted for a soothing dip in the sea. Well done guys on a huge success!
In short: Monster hills, awesome scenery, great organisation and superb marshalling made this probably the most "fun" you can have running 26.2 In full: The Purbeck marathon has now got a problem on their hands......how do they top their first race. Very impressive organisation.considering it was their inaugural event. Even the mile markers were pretty accurate which is an impressive feat considering the terrain and route. Proper drinks bottle with a nozzle top was a nice touch at the 20 mile mark especially for someone like me who can't drink out of cups on the move. Even got a lead motorcycle who popped up whenever there was a road to run along!
In short: This one hurt but what a great race !!! In full: If you love the Beachy Head Marathon then the Purbeck Marathon might just pip it at the post!! The organisation was smooth, the support was good,the hills were brutal and you finish off on Swanage beach with a bottle of beer in the goody bag!!!
This has the could well become an annual event for those looking for something a little different to the normal urban races. Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Superbly brutal and beautiful In full: A superbly beautiful jaunt along the purbecks taking in some pretty breathtaking views and some hefty ascents and descents. This marathon takes you through some really nice lesser known area's of the coast as well as the more well known ones. The organisation and support were brilliant all the way round and I was very impressed at how easy it was to not get lost. Truly punishing ascents at times that seemed to never end but a lovely downhill run-out for the finish into beautifull swanage, will be back next year for sure Great race due to great organisation, well done purbeck marathon and all volunteers! Date of review: September 17, 2012
In short: Beautiful, wonderful torture! In full: My first marathon, 12 weeks of training, upto 21 miles and included plenty of hill training, but I only felt 50% prepared following this race - the hills were tough, some that seemed to go on and on, and some that seemed to be almost vertical, but add that to the energy sapping terrain of uneven coastal path, thick grass and stony tracks and you begin to get a sense of how hard this was. But WOW - what a route, leaving Swanage behind, we were led along the coastal path with great views of the Jurassic coast. Then, inland bound, up the ridgeway, through quaint villages towards Corfe Castle, and then finally back up the ridgeway and homeward bound to Swanage for a seafront finish. A couple of things to mention - firstly the organisation was very impressive, especially for a first event. Secondly, as mentioned on the other reviews, the water stops and marshals couldn't have been friendlier or more encouraging! Despite the pain i'm in now, i'm already looking forward to next year! Date of review: September 17, 2012