In short: Dangerous course - if you feel suicidal this is the race for you. In full: Let's start with the positives, lovely weather, good race info on location of race HQ and parking details. Lovely friendly helpers all doing their bit to raise money for their charity. The course was well signposted and waymarked. Lots of drink stations, squash, water and lots of sweets on offer.
This event had been advertised on RW as road, but somewhat oddly it has a UKA multi terrain permit, there is some off road. I guess multi terrain must mean that there need be no concern whatsover for the runners' safety. I consider this course highly dangerous, a few of the marshalls did help with some of the road crossings. The majority of marshalls had not been briefed on any aspect of marshalling at all and failed to advise me to cross at a junction to safety whereas I was trapped on a verge on a busy A road in heavy traffic (I was told this happened to several runners). After this experience on the A road at 9 miles I decided to pull out at halfway so just pottered around the rest of the course including stepping over the rubbish flytipped at the edge of the golf course. However at 13 miles I just decided to walk round the 2nd half and I was only nearly killed twice on the 2nd lap. The course is also measured short.
This is such a dangerous course, obviously designed by somebody who has no knowledge of running or health and safety. How there has not been a serious accident so far is truly amazing.
I would like to meet the man that underwrites the insurance for this event....he is one brave man.
In short: Superb marathon, I loved every minute of it. In full: It's several years since I've done a RW event review but this wonderful race deserves a very special mention.
The organisation was faultless, all the helpers and marshalls friendly and welcoming.
The course winds through sleepy Dorset hamlets and the scenery was stunning with minimal traffic. Gently undulating with a couple of hills but nothing serious and some good gentle downhills. I could PB on this course as it's so interesting and scenic.
This race has gone straight to my No. 1 favourite marathon (and I've done a few).