The Purbeck Running Festival
Join Nice Work for a weekend of challenges along the scenic Jurassic Coast! Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast have spectacular history, landscapes and views, and have been home to The Purbeck Marathon and Purbeck 16 for a number of years. The course, with 2000 feet of climbs, provides a predominately off-road route that is both challenging and rewarding. It is possibly one of the most scenic in the UK.
In addition to the Purbeck Marathon and 16 Mile races, we are pleased to add a choice of events and days to the weekend. For the first time there will be a choice of a 45 mile Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 6 Mile and 3 Mile. And new for 2021 - we are offering runners the opportunity to run the marathon or 16 mile on both the Saturday or the Sunday... or both! 18/19 September
Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1. The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots. People will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2. Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines.
3. A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will not be a water station on the course. Please dispose of the bottles and other litter in the bins provided.
5. Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants. Race and age group winners will receive a trophy in the post after the event. Medals will be available to be collected at the event.
6. There will be toilet facilities at the start / finish area and these will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.
7. Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8. You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available.
9. Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10. Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11. Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct - Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.
Fantastic scenery, big hills, fully signed and marshalled course
A fantastic large bespoke medal for all finishers
A technical t-shirt for all Ultra and Marathon finishers
Well stocked aid stations for the Ultra, Marathon and 16 mile races
An event village including teas, coffee, light snacks and cakes and a licenced bar
Race HQ & 3 Mile start - Sandpit Field, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LA
All other race start - Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage, BH19 2A
Swanage is reached by one of two routes;
- Toll Ferry from Sandbanks (£3.50 per car incl passengers), along Ferry Rd and the B3351, through Studland Village and then take the left onto Ulwell Rd, signposted Swanage
- From Wareham, take the A351 heading south through Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross.
There is no specific parking for participants, however there are several public pay car parks.
The Purbeck Marathon takes place in Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast which has spectacular history, landscapes and views. The course, with around 3,000 feet of climbs provides a predominately off-road marathon that is both challenging and rewarding.
The Marathon starts and finishes in Swanage in Dorset. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and the Jurassic coast path, before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston.
It then heads towards Swyre Head, to pass Heavens Gate and along the ridge towards Tyneham Cap. From here it leaves the coast path and runs through the deserted village of Tyneham. The route then continues up onto and along the ridge of the Purbeck Hills towards Corfe Castle, to pass below the battlements of this 11th century castle and into the village square. The route then returns to the hill Ridgeway and heads towards Swanage, to finish back on the seafront.
The entire route has spectacular views which will help to combat fatigue. Weather permitting there will also be stunning views of Portland, Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight. The Purbeck Marathon has a number of hard climbs and uneven paths but is signposted and marshalled throughout. It is not, in any way, comparable to running a city marathon. It is tough, but where else can you do your post race icing by going for a swim in the sea?!
There is a time limit of 7 hours, with progressive course closures, so please bear this, and the course profile in mind when applying. The Purbeck Marathon is the main event of The Purbeck Running Festival – a local community event, put on by volunteers, with the proceeds being distributed to charity.
Race Licence: This event is fully licenced by UK Athletics and held under their rules
Race numbers will be available to collect from the Race HQ at Sandpit Field at the below times
Friday 18th September - 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday 19th September - 12.00noon - 8.00pm
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your timing chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre, but please allow time for these to be manually processed. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
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