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The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K & 5K

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Take part in one of the UK's most stunning running festivals in Swanage on the Jurassic coast. The Purbeck running festival has something for everyone and the routes will take athletes along this epic coastline. Come to soak in the weekend's vibrant atmosphere or for a marathon like no other.

The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K & 5K routes

The Purbeck Running Festival is part of the Purbeck Weekend Challenge and takes place on the stunning Jurassic Coast, with its epic landscape and views.

The festival consists of four races of varying distances, which are detailed below:

45 Mile Ultra:
The most challenging of courses, the ultra takes place early morning on the Saturday. It follows a similar route to the Marathon, with athletes often having to tackle tough ascents and uneven paths.

27 Mile Marathon: The Purbeck Marathon is nearer to 27 miles than the usual 26.2. It starts and finishes in Swanage, with the first stage running along the coastal path before heading through the deserted village of Tyneham. A world away from a city marathon, this course is arguable one of the most scenic marathon routes in the world.

There is a strict cut-off time of 7 hours for the marathon.

16 Mile: The Purbeck 16 is a staple event of the festival and still provides a considerable challenge. With scenery equally that of the above races, this is the perfect event for those still looking for a significant challenge but who are not quite ready for the marathon or ultra formats.

5K & 10K: The shortest format of the weekend, these events provide the ideal opportunity for those who are new to off-road racing and looking to get involved. The majority of these races will take place on the coastal path and behold similarly spectacular views.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Free tech t-shirt (Ultra and Marathon only)
  • Post-race goodie bag
  • Aid stations
  • Great event village (Bar, BBQ, Music)
  • Course marshalled
  • Distance marked
  • First aid on-site
Raceday Logistics


Saturday 19th

07:30 - Ultra Marathon

09:00 - Marathon

09:30 - 16 Mile

18:00 - 5K

Sunday 20th

09:00 - Marathon

09:00 - 16 Mile

09:30 - 10k

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the schedules race start time so that you have enough time to complete the registration process.

Race numbers can be collected on Friday 18th between 1600 - 1800 or Saturday 19th between 1200 - 2000.


This is an epic weekend to be involved in and spectators can base themselves at the Event HQ.

Equally, the 5K and 10K provide the perfect opportunity for supporters to get involved in the racing.


Nice work are always on the lookout for volunteers to help out at their events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up.

In return, volunteers will be given free entry to one of their races and, race dependent, paid expenses. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there toilets and changing facilities at the event?
The event has toilet facilities, changing rooms and also a massage tent.
Is there an age limit?
Marathon and Ultra runners must be aged 18+ on the day of the event, 10K runners aged 15+ and 5K runners aged 11+, as per UK Athletics guidelines.
Do all runners receive a free t-shirt?
No, free tech t-shirts are only included in the Ultra and Marathon formats.

The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K & 5K weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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