In short: Organisers, marshals and volunteers were marvellous, thank you, and the course is challenging and stimulating In full: This was my first marathon, inspired by my son running last year, so I now have a PB at the age of 65! I ran over 900 miles in preparation - starting as a complete beginner - and survived unscathed until the 21 mile mark at Corfe Castle. Then I went from targeting a 5-hour finish to wondering if I was able to finish at all. Oddly going up Nine Barrow Down was okay but the last three miles, mainly downhill, were my downfall and I staggered in nine minutes late. The great reception and local goodies (ice cream and beer) quickly revived me. It was also a great sponsorship opportunity, to the benefit in my case of the Garden Route (South Africa) Children's Trust. Thank you Rose and the team. I will do it again if Rose and my wife allow me! Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: If you like running, you NEED to do this run! In full: Fantastic on every level, correspondence pre- run, friendliness of team on arrival, organisation, marshalling, volunteer support - WOW! Even in the horrendous weather conditions of this year, they cheered, clapped and encouraged you on. Hills? Loads and big, up and down, but ... Then you've the scenery, spectacular! Challenging? Oh yes, but worth it. Blown away by every aspect of this outstanding marathon. Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Just a fantastic race In full: lets face it. when you do a marathon you want to feel relaxed at the start, enjoy the atmosphere of the race and sprint for the line and do a 'lion roar'. This race has all of that including the roar in spades. I always look out for the race with a difference. last year i did the dart 10k swim this year i feel for this. There is just one word to use 'wonderful'
Big thank you to all the helpers, marshals, sweat givers and the general support. This event will grow Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: Should be called the Purfect Marathon! In full: This was the hardest run I have ever done. Very challenging, however very rewarding. The locals all pull together to make this a really charming event, I have never experienced one like it. I was in a very dark place around mile 18 and there were some amazing marshals and spectators who helped me along. The goody bag is simply fantastic and filled with local delicacies.
All in all a fantastic race - when I crossed the line I said never again...... Not so sure now! Thank you Purbeck 2013!
In short: Very special race, this was only my 2nd marathon but first off road. Very tough but worth all the effort. Fantastic support from all involved. Well done.... Date of review: September 18, 2013
In short: A well organised, off-road, challenging route with fabulous scenery. What a great place to run - I envy the locals. In full: This is a great place to run with a wonderful coastline and lovely countryside and villages. I particularly liked the views and being able to see almost the whole of the remaining route from about a quarter of the way round. The organisation was excellent and I shall where my t-shirt with pride. Date of review: September 18, 2013