The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile

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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.
Marathon (Sunday), 16 Mile (Sunday), Ultra (Saturday), and 4 more
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Sat, 17 Sept 2022 - Sun, 18 Sept 2022
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Sandpit Field, Swanage BH19 1NP, UK
Start times
Sun, 18 Sept 2022
Marathon (Sunday):
9:00am |
16 Mile (Sunday):
9:00am |
6 Mile (Sunday):
Sat, 17 Sept 2022
Ultra (Saturday):
7:30am |
3 Mile (Saturday):
6:00pm |
16 Mile (Saturday):
9:00am |
Marathon (Saturday):
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile
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Marathon (Sunday)
1 Loop
£43.00 - £45.00
16 Mile (Sunday)
1 Loop
£28.00 - £30.00
Ultra (Saturday)
2 Loops
£54.00 - £56.00
3 Mile (Saturday)
1 Loop
£12.00 - £14.00
Route information
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.
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.
6 Mile
The second shortest event of the weekend, runners will get to enjoy this 6 mile run without too much of a challenge.
3 Mile
The shortest format of the weekend, this event 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.
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What's included
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Free tech t-shirt (Ultra, Marathon and 16 Mile only)
  • Aid stations
  • Great event village (Bar, BBQ, Music)
  • Course marshalled
  • Distance marked
  • First aid on-site
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2019 Purbeck Medals
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How to get there
Sandpit Field, Swanage BH19 1NP, UK
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By Ferry
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.
By Car
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.
  • 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.
Event day logistics
07:30 Ultra Marathon Start
09:00 Marathon and 16 Mile Start
18:00 3 Mile Start
09:00 Marathon and 16 Mile Start
09:30 6 Mile Start
Start Lines
  • 3 Mile Start - Sandpit Field, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LA
  • All other race starts - Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage, BH19 2AR
Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the schedules race start time so that you have enough time to complete the registration process. Race HQ will be located at Sandpit Field.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 11 and older to enter the 3 mile, 15 and older to enter the 6 mile, and 18 and older to enter all other distances.
Race Packs
Race numbers will be available to collect from the Race HQ at Sandpit Field at the below times
Friday 17th September - 4.00pm - 6.00 PM Saturday 18th September - 12.00 PM - 8.00 PM
If you are collecting your race number on the morning of your event these will be located at the start at Prince Albert Gardens
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Nice Work are an event organiser based out of Rye in Sussex, who offer one of the most comprehensive inventory of running events in the UK. From coastal 10ks, to trail marathons, to inner-city fun runs, these events have an ever-growing and loyal community of runners who are in it for the love of the sport. If you’ve ever sat on the fence or been unsure about taking on your first running event, then checking out Nice Work’s offering is the perfect place to start.
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Are there toilets and changing facilities at The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile?
The event has toilet facilities, changing rooms and also a massage tent.
Is there an age limit for The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile?
Marathon and Ultra runners must be aged 18+ on the day of the event, 6 mile runners aged 15+ and 3 mile runners aged 11+, as per UK Athletics guidelines.
Do all runners receive a free t-shirt at The Purbeck Running Festival - Ultra, Marathon, 16 Mile, & 3 Mile?
No, free tech t-shirts are only included in the Ultra and Marathon formats.
Where do The Purbeck Running Festival races start from?
The 3 mile race starts from Sandpit Field and all other races will start from Prince Albert Gardens. Both start locations are in Swanage.
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Did the Marathon (Saturday) in 2021
This is a demanding hilly off road event. Beginners would enjoy the shorter routes, the long routes are not for the faint hearted, many steep ascents and descents. Well signed and marshalled, good support water and snack stations. There is the option of a town 5k event at 6pm.
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