In short: The best race around. In full: The organisers have gone and exceeded themselves from the previous year to host an absolutely brilliant event. The marshals were friendly and welcoming from start to finish and everything was ace. The atmosphere was brilliant with a buzz before the race and an incredibly successful race village afterwards.
The route was pretty quick and the scenery and undulations helped to keep the legs fresh. It was really encouraging to be cheered in by name over the PA system in the sprint finish and the supporters were also lining the finish as it was next to the race village.
The goody bag was extremely generous - a drawstring Purbeck 10K bag, technical t-shirt, tasty goodies and extras, brilliant value for money. This was all topped off with an excellent race village with something for all of the family - I was happy with an ice cream! Free finishing photos too.
I really don't know what more they could have done to make it better. This truly was a faultless event, the best I've been to yet by far. I will be very disappointed if I'm not able to make next years! Thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: This is my favourite race of the year! In full: The weather helped of course, as this year it was a perfect summer's evening.
There is plenty of parking so you don't have to worry about that, number pickup is easy and even the short walk to the start line is nice!
The route itself is amazing - an out and back course along meandering lanes and with the ruins of Corfe Castle visible on the return leg. It is hilly but it's strange as I always remember it as quite a flat course! I would say that the hills make it interesting rather than grueling!
The best bit has to be the finish. After a bit of a hill and with around 400 metres left, you level out and can then charge downhill all the way the the crowd-lined finish! Date of review: June 23, 2014
In short: Lovely race, great atmosphere, wonderful value for money In full: First time I have done this race and would definitely do it again. A lovely sunny summer evening racing along a quiet lane over the Purbecks. Good scenery, especially on the way back when you can see Corfe Castle. The short sharp hills added a little bit of a challenge, but essentially quite a quick course. Really well organised on the night, with a busy 'race village'. Really well supported by local clubs, but felt totally welcome coming from a bit further away. Also a fantastic goody bag and technical t-shirt included in the very cheap entry fee. Thanks to all involved. Date of review: June 21, 2014