EDP Swanage help out at Purbeck Marathon for third year

For the last 3 years EDP Swanage have been partnering with the organisers of the Purbeck Marathon with peer mentors and volunteers giving their time to help marshal the race. Read about Malcolm and Jacky’s experience of being involved.

“On Sunday 17th September, I volunteered once again at the Purbeck Marathon. The Purbeck Marathon takes place in Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast which has spectacular history, landscapes and views. This is a local community event with the proceeds being distributed amongst local charities. As a member of the EDP Relative Support Group, I took part in return for a donation to this organisation.

This year I was stationed at a small gate which I had to open when the runners approached. The gate could not be propped open as there were sheep in the field. My other task was to give everyone a big smile (hope I didn’t scare them too much!) and a little bit of encouragement as they passed.  The course is nearly a mile longer than a standard marathon and has around 3,000ft of climb. It is a predominately off-road marathon that is very challenging especially this year as there had been heavy rain the night before and the paths were very slippery with mud in places. However the day of the marathon was dry and the runners were rewarded with spectacular views of the Dorset countryside and coastline.

Although passing the 16 mile point when they reached me, everyone was appreciative and took the time to say thank you which made my efforts seem worthwhile.”

“This year I was on marshalling duty stationed at the road leading down to Tyneham Village which is a difficult turn for vehicles to negotiate and can be very busy. The runners came along a footpath beside the main road and had to cross the Tyneham access road and carry on along the footpath on the other side. As marshals, we had to keep an eye on the traffic and stop the runners when cars were coming through. Most drivers would very kindly stop and give way to the runners who were very grateful as by that time they were 16 miles into the run and legs were getting a bit rubbery! I have found that it has been great for my confidence, and has helped me getting involved in a project and meeting new people, and helped EDP by getting some additional funds.”

Purbeck Marathon runner

In return for helping out the organisers of the Purbeck Running Festival have promised to give a donation to EDP. We are grateful to them for enabling those accessing our services the opportunity to take part in a very different event and appreciate their support.

In addition this year EDP’s Volunteer Coordinator for The Good Prison Project, Amanda Sherriff, ran the Purbeck Marathon as part of her challenge to run 4 marathons in a month to raise funds for EDP. You can still sponsor her at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-sherriff.

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