The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend

Sat 14th Sep 2019
Sandpit Field, Swanage BH19 1NP, UK
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Tickets £10–£50

    Registration Perks
  • Best price guarantee
  • Free cancellation protection
  • 24/7 Support
  • Official booking partner of Nice Work
Join Nice Work for a weekend of challenges across the Jurassic Coast!
  • Hilly
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Mixed
  • Trails
  • Race packs collected on the day
  • 600 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Nice Work are pleased to be staging the 2019 Purbeck Outdoor Weekend including the Purbeck Running Festival.

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 Purbeck Marathon has been rated in the top 3 marathons in the UK for the last 3 years. It is possibly one of the most scenic marathons in the UK.

In addition to the Purbeck Marathon and 16 mile race, we are pleased to be adding three more events to the weekend. For the first time there will be a choice of an Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, 10K and 5K. Throw in Nordic Walking and there is a choice for everyone!

The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend brings runners, walkers and cyclists from all over the region.

Distances in this event

  1. Purbeck Marathon

    Run 27mi
    9:00am Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
  2. The Purbeck 16

    Run 16mi
    9:30am Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
  3. Purbeck Ultra

    Run 54mi
    7:30am Sat 14th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
  4. The Purbeck 6

    Run 10km
    10:30am Sun 15th Sep 2019
    Tickets available
  5. The Purbeck 3

    Run 5km
    6:00pm Sat 14th Sep 2019
    Tickets available

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Course Maps
What’s Included

The Purbeck Running Festival:

54 Mile Ultra
The Purbeck Marathon
The Purbeck 16
The Purbeck 6
The Purbeck 3

The weekend is now under the management of Nice Work and we’ve made lots of improvements to the race this year. We bring to you the same fantastic scenery, big hills, fully signed and marshalled course, but with some new additions:

– A fantastic large bespoke medal for all finishers

– A technical t-shirt for all Ultra and Marathon finishers (or purchase for £8 for other races)

– Goodie bag for all finishers

– Well-stocked aid stations for the Ultra, Marathon and 16 races with a selection of sweets and local treats

– An event village including bar, BBQ and music

The Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival:

Marathon & 16 Mile distances

Calling all Nordic Walkers! Come and enjoy spectacular scenery and camaraderie as you challenge yourself to tackle these iconic routes along the coastal paths and wild terrain of the Isle of Purbeck. Whilst there are medals and T shirts for all finishers, these events are not all about speed or racing so feel free to take part as a group or to go at it alone.

You will walk along clifftops, through country parks, past stunning coves and through lost villages. Views of castles, steam railways, lighthouses and breath taking scenery will make up for the tough parts where you will be climbing or descending the chalk ridges to define the area which is a World Heritage site.

Course Details

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.

Please note that this is more than just a marathon in more ways than one! The course is closer to 27 miles rather than the conventional 26.2. Don’t worry, the extra mile is the easiest bit of the course!

The Purbeck 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.

Raceday Logistics

All race numbers are to be collected on the day.

Let's Do This always recommend that you arrive at least 45 mins before your start time so that you have enough time to both register and prep for the race start.


Baggage Drop Off


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.

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 marathon participants; however there are several public pay carparks. Charges are as follows:

Long Stay: Broad Rd, Main Beach (Victoria Avenue) – 1hr £1.50, 2hrs £3.00, 4hrs £5.00, 6hrs £6.50, Up to 24 hrs £8.00.

Long Stay: North Beach (De Moulham Rd) – 1hr £1.50m 2hrs £2.50, 4hrs £4.00, 6hrs £5.00, Up to 24 hrs £6.

Short Stay: Mermond Place (closest to finish) – 1hr £1.20, 2hrs £2.10. Parking is free between 10pm and 8am.

If you would like to volunteer to help at any of our events, there are a variety of roles available from marshalling to helping with event set-up. We offer our volunteers a free entry to a future race and, in some cases, expenses are available. If interested, please contact: [email protected]

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