Slow and Dirty


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Take on this exciting festive 19k through the middle of rural Dorset. The relaxed nature of this event makes it the perfect race for runners of any ability. Come along for the well deserved medal and friendly atmosphere.
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Sun, 22 Dec 2024
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Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Sturminster Newton DT10, UK
Start times
Sunday, 22 Dec 2024
19k: 10:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Slow and Dirty
Route information
This run follows the old Somerset and Dorset (S&D) railway, now the North Dorset trailway. In its day, users more commonly knew this route as the slow and dirty due to the trains always stopping and never seemingly making headway. After the line closed in 1966, it was reimagined into a wonderful leisure facility, providing a long, flat path for cyclists, runners, walkers and horse riders.
Starting at Sturminster Newton you follow the river Stour valley passing some amazing sights and intriguing villages. The 19k route offers great opportunities to meet with friends and supporters and enjoy features such as the restored Shillingston station and Georgian town of Blandford.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Mulled wine/cider
  • Mince Pie
  • Way-marked route
  • Festive cheer
How to get there
Sturminster Newton DT10, UK
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Travel Back to Start Point
Since this is a point-to-point route, transport back to the start line will be available. You must pre-book travel back to the start line in order to reserve your space. To pre-book, please select the appropriate ticket at the checkout.
There are two car parks near the start location, named Station Rd Car Park and Church Rd Car Park.
There is parking available at the finish line at The Shack Bar at Clapcotts Farm, where the post race refreshments are served. if you wish to park there and take public transport down to the start point.
There is also car parking at Spetisbury School which is about 100m from the finish.
Event day logistics
10:00 Slow and Dirty race starts
*Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the start of the race to allow plenty of time to park, register and warm up.
Finish Line
The finish line is a few hundred meters from 'The Shack' bar at Clapcotts Farm, Spetisbury, where parking is available.
Finishers will enjoy a tasty mince pie with a choice of mulled wine or cider. The bar at 'The Shack' will also be open for drinks, snacks and coffee.
Spectator Info
Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the participants. There are many accessible points along this route to catch the runners and cheer them on their way.
Can I run the Slow and Dirty race with my dog?
Yes absolutely! You may run this race with your canine companion.
Can I run the Slow and Dirty race with my buggy/pushchair?
Yes absolutely. This open-to-all race means runners are free to run with their buggy/pushchair.
How can I reserve a space to get travel back to the start line from the finish for the Slow and Dirty race?
To reserve a space for travel back to the start line, select the appropriate ticket at the checkout.
Can I dress up in festive wear for the Slow and Dirty race?
Yes, festive fancy dress is not only allowed, but strongly encouraged.
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