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Purbeck Marathon proving to be runaway success
MORE than 200 runners took part in the second Purbeck Marathon yesterday as organ-isers hailed it a resounding success.
The race – billed as ‘one of the world’s most scenic marathons’ – gained many fans during its 2012 inaugural year, and a respected runners magazine rated it the third best marathon in the UK that year.
But despite the beautiful views on show to participants, the race is not for the faint-hearted, as it boasts a demanding circuit that rises and falls along Purbeck’s small tracks, its undulating downs and coastal pathways.
Race director Rose Clarke said: “We had an absolutely beautiful start during the morning, although it did cloud over later on.
“This year we had 300 entries, and 244 people started, which is just fantastic. It means we’re really building on the success of last year’s event.”
Just eight people make up the race committee – but 150 volunteers pitched in on the day to help.
“We are so lucky to have such fantastic people involved,” said Rose.
“We’ve got people marshalling, putting up the marquees, manning the water stations – you name it and we’ve got some wonderful people doing it.”
And the main aim of the festival, which this year will raise funds for Swanage Carnival charities as well as Help for Heroes, is to show off the best Dorset has to offer.
“This morning, as we were up and about getting everything ready, there was the most beautiful sunrise,” said Rose.
“When you live somewhere that you love as much as this, it’s just fantastic to welcome along people who are here for the weekend and will have the opportunity to see it. The marathon really showcases some of the most gorgeous areas of this coastline.”
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