In short: Organisation – I cannot fault it - I think they have raised an already high bar In full: I raved about this race last year, and was only a spectator, so was really looking forward to being able to run it this year and actually appreciate the course also.
It’s a fantastic route, didn’t really understand beforehand why no-one could articulate whether it’s more or less hilly in the first or second half, but now I get it - the roads just seem to go up and down all the time ! I preferred the second half personally, not sure whether its just that its nearer the end, but the scenic views of Corfe Castle in the distance coming closer do add something to an already scenic route enhanced by the animals alongside (and occasionally on) the course.
As for organisation – I cannot fault it, and I think they have raised an already high bar – the nearest thing to a suggestion that I could come up with last year was moving a cone, it was that good, and this year I think the only thing I could possibly add would be perhaps if its easy to add the club name to the “am I in” web page – it really is that good, with clearly so much thought put in to every detail. Pre-race info excellent, website excellent, entry status and info excellent, having the entry list on-line really helpful, good pre-race communication re parking facilities, on the night marshalling (including parking) superb and again Ross’ commentary at the finish adding to the atmosphere. I am a bit old myself now for bouncy castles, but to have the children’s things laid on and the availability of food and beer an added extra touch of “making it feel special”. Goody bag – very impressive - I am a critic of the obsession with races giving out so-called “goody” bags that have a load of useless tat (just give us the medal/t-shirt/biro/paper hat and don’t insult us with a bag of uselessness), but you can’t say that about the Purbeck 10K who gave out a reusable heavy-duty bag that could be used for a variety of purposes, a clever cap-free non-dripping drinks bottle, a bit of very-welcomed post-race cake, couple of tea bags, some gel for aching joints and all that’s on top of a high quality technical tee-shirt perfect for training or racing in (And the colour of tee-shirts was genius – I am sure these will be widely used for night-time running). Results compiled and on the web promptly too and as an added extra-value touch, race photographers on the course and free photos on-line !!!. Is there a better value for money local 10K ??
Well done Purbeck Runners once again – It gets my vote for next year’s DRRL and our club championship once again. I do hope that with the extension of the Railway line and proposed introduction of scheduled services, that the Norden venue is still available for many years to come.
In short: Brilliant race for beginners and elites alike. In full: Everything that you would expect from a successful event was in place- great marshalls, enjoyable course etc. The finish was particularly good, with the crowd either side of the funnel finish cheering runners home. Excellent goody bag with tech t-shirt, re-useable bottle, snacks and offers was a brilliant bonus. An even bigger bonus was the Runners Village- BBQ, Bar, FREE massage, cake stall and even bouncy castles.. Date of review: May 24, 2013
In short: Brilliantly organised, enthusiatic marshalls, great experience. In full: Would enter again without a date. The marshalls were amazing, cheering all the way. Well needed at 5K! The funnel finish was a great idea, everyone cheering, makes you find that extra push to run to the line. Well done everyone, was a great race, great evening. Give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back. Date of review: May 19, 2013
In short: Fabulous course with exceptionally friendly, flawless organisation In full: A great run out along closed roads. Gently undulating terrain keeps the legs keen and the eyes entertained. More than adequate water stations. Great goody bag including a fluorescent technical tee - at last a tee shirt we can actually use to run in! Date of review: May 18, 2013
In short: Sensational, one of the best races I've been to. It mixed the slick organisation of a big city event with friendliness of a local one. The Race Village was absolutly awesome! Date of review: May 18, 2013