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The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend

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One of the most scenic marathons. One of the best marathons in the UK. One of the best event's for all abilities. There is something for everyone at the Purbeck Outdoor Weekend with a whole range of events. This weekend is only made great by the incredible organisation from Nice Work.

How to enter the The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend

  1. Purbeck Marathon

    Run 27mi
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  2. The Purbeck 16

    Run 16mi
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  3. Purbeck Ultra

    Run 54mi
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  4. The Purbeck 10k

    Run 10km
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  5. The Purbeck 5k

    Run 5km
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The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend routes


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 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.

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 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
  • Fantastic scenery and big hills
  • Fully signed and marshalled course
  • Changing facilities, Toilets, Baggage Drop Off, Refreshments, Massage
  • Chip timing
  • Prizes
Raceday Logistics


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.



7:30am - Ultra Marathon

18:00pm - 5k


9:00am - Marathon

9:30am - 16 Mile

10:00am - 10k


Changing, Toilets, Baggage Drop Off, Refreshments, Massage


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.

Kit List

Normal running gear is perfect for this event. Please prepare for all types of weather on the day. It is advised to bring warm clothing for after the event


Spectators are welcome for this event!


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]

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there toilets and changing facilities at the event?
The event has toilet facilities, changing rooms and also a massage tent.
Can I transfer my entry to a friend or family member?
Yes. There is no issue with transferring your entry so long as you notify us before the start of a race.
Can I run with a dog?
No, you are prohibited from running with dogs but they are more than welcome for spectators!
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The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend weather forecast

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