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: 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
In short: My first ever marathon and it was brilliant fun ! In full: A brilliantly organised predominately off road hilly marathon taking in picturesque Purbeck. There were numerous helpful, very friendly and supportive marshalls around a well marked course. I found this to be a very friendly race that sets the standard for others to aspire. A great choice for my first marathon. Well done to all involved in providing this first class event.
In short: A privelege to be able to run with others in my backyard in an official and very well organised event - Thank you In full: Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers and other runners who made it such a memorable day. The scenery speaks for itself but its the atmosphere and organisation that make this event so special. For me it was so great to be able to compete in an event that does a big circuit within view of my house and an area I've always run with my dog. Thanks to everyone involved. Date of review: September 16, 2014
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: 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: 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