Purbeck Marathon

Was it any good?


  • It's new this year, so no, nobody will have done it.  But I know the area well and it will be tough but the scenery is brilliant if you don't mind huge hills.  If you want a taster of the course, the Long Distance Walkers Purbeck Marathon at the end of June - they have a running event which sets off after the walkers - follows a very similar route but you have to map read.  It's only £7 (I think) compared to the Purbeck Marathon at £35. 
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    Are you tempted then?

  • I was just looking at that one today - looks interesting!

    Will look at the LDWA site now too!

  • LDWA event on a date I cannot make, but keen on the marathon though!  Will see what the wife says!

  • compo 1compo 1 ✭✭✭
    does anyone know when it is or a website as I am down in swanage at the end of June
  • Sadly busy at the end of June - same for the other LDWA event in august - the dorset doddle - already busy then image Is it a nice place? Could I convince Mrs pmo that she'd like it (the place that is), and make a long weekend of it?
    Might look for something closer to home though..
  • It couldn't be in a nicer place! However I'm a bit biased because I live here and run here and am actually part of the team putting the marathon together!

    Actually, one of the reasons that we believe that this marathon will be such a success is because the area is so beautiful so it will offer supporters so much more than other marathons.

    We are actually planning to put together a separate supporters pack with details of some lovely walks that will encompass some of the route so that everyone is happy!

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    Rose C

    when i have been down I have stayed at Swanage Haven and go running up the cliff top walks staying at Grace Gardens this year as haven owners are away
  • Hey compo, you should come and join the Purbeck Runners for a run when you are down. We're a friendly bunch! We meet on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and always welcome visitors. I'd particularly recommend a Sunday morning run as they are long and leisurely!

  • Thanks for the feedback RoseC. I have signed up, and I'm looking forward to it!
  • Brilliant!!! Look forward to checking you off at one of the checkpoints!!!
  • Is there still places available, as would like to do it but wouldnt let me enter online.

  • I am interested in doing this next year so will look forward to reviews, my marathon calendar is a bit full for this year!!!

  • Rose c Im marshalling this year any news about riefing etc?

  • I hope that someone can review this race, as I'm considering entering in 2013. I have no problem with the steep uphills but am less comfortable on very steep downhills: just how steep are they?

  • Steve Way has blogged about it www.steveway.co.uk

    To be honest the downhills are pretty steep! Steve has included his garmin stats so you can see on there

    Hope this helps

  • Alan D, there's only one serious downhill at 20 miles (ish), but that has steps cut into it. The rest are very runnable. Now the uphills on the other hand, the elevation profile on the race's site tell the whole storyimage

    There are plenty of ratings for the race now, check them out.

  • Thanks - and I see there is also another thread on http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/events/the-purbeck-marathon/211673.html

    Amazed that Steve Way managed to run the course in under 3 hours !


  • I come from Poole originally so know the area fairly well, and love it.  pmo no problem for your wife, it is a great area to take a break.  Have biked and walked quite a bit of it but not run it apart from as a kid.  Will be on my list for next year

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