Race Day Information

What you need to know on race day!

Start Times

The Purbeck Marathon will start at 9.30am.

The Purbeck 16 will start at 10am.

There will be a race briefing 15 minutes before the start and then the race will start as soon as the briefing finishes. Anyone arriving after the race has started and the sweepers have left will NOT be allowed to start. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Both The Purbeck Marathon & The Purbeck 16 will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park, but will finish in Sand pit field after running along the first part of Shore Road (which will be closed).

Numbers and Chips: 

All numbers and chips will need to be collected on the day.
You will be able to collect your number and chip from the administration point in Sandpit Field, just behind the Sea Front (by the finish) on Saturday the 16th Sept, between 4-7pm or on the 17th Sept, at the start, between 7.30 and 9am.

Please ensure that you complete the form on the reverse of your race number. This is for your own safety; we need medical and contact information should anything prevent you finishing the race.

Please see a map of the key locations in Swanage

Changing: There is a changing area in a marquee situated alongside the finish in Sandpit Field.

Toilets: There are public toilets on Shore Road, about 5 minutes from the changing area. Please note that there are no dedicated toilets at the start, however, public toilets are located along with the sea front (near the finish), on the pier north of the start and at the end of Peveril Point Road. Please see the link to the Swanage map above.

Please do not use the bushes as this will not endear us to anyone.

Baggage: can be dropped near to the start in Prince Albert Gardens and will be transported to the finish for when you get there! We have limited space so please only bring a small bag and ensure that it is marked with your race number and name (we will provide labels).

There are no specific runners’ toilets around the course but public toilets can be found at Durlston Visitor’s Centre and also at Tyneham, just as you enter the village (100m before the water station).

Cafes: We’ve arranged for two cafes to open early on Marathon Day; The Seagull Cafe (just below Prince Albert Gardens where the registration is) and The High Street Cafe (on the High street funnily enough)! We can personally recommend the breakfast fare from both of these establishments!

Massage: Sports Massage will be available after the race, we are asking for donations to our chosen charity.

Medals & Goody Bags: On completion of the marathon you will be presented with a medal and a Goody bag.

Presentations: Will take place at the finish at approximately 2.30pm subject to all the prize winners having completed the Marathon

Results: Results will be posted on our website as soon as possible after the event.

Spot Prizes: We will be presenting spot prizes as runners cross the line. If you are lucky enough to win one of these you will be given a voucher at the finish line and you can claim your prize from the Spot Prize Crew.

The finish area: Please note that friends and family will not be allowed into the area just behind the finish. We need to keep this clear for runners/first aiders etc.

Queries:  If you have any please send to info@thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk

Feedback: We would appreciate all your feedback; good and bad. This will help ensure that this event improves every year. We would be particularly grateful if you could rate our run on Runners World. Thank you.

Finally, in Summary:

We will do everything to look after you on the day:

The Purbeck Marathon is around 27 miles – it’s More than a Marathon!

The Purbeck 16 is around 16.5 miles – it’s More than a Half!

The Purbeck Marathon will start at 9.30am.

The Purbeck 16 will start at 10am.

Registration will start at 9.30am, with check in open from 8am

Check in will be at the start, everyone will be required to check in before running – this is to ensure that everyone is accounted for.

There will be at least 1 checkpoint around the course, failure to check in will result in disqualification.

The route will be marshalled.

There is a course limit of 7 hours with progressive closures.

There will be at least 10 water stops (2 with squash and jelly babies), however due to access challenges these will not be regularly spaced. The furthest distance between stops will be 4.6 miles so it would be advisable to run with either a refillable bottle or a camelbak type carrier.

Medical support will be provided

Transport back to Swanage will be provided if needed

This will be a very challenging marathon. There is no runners world classification for ‘very hilly’!!!!!! Please don’t expect it to be like a city marathon as it isn’t!

The coastal path is predominantly clay soil. This means that it becomes extremely muddy and slippery in damp weather but very hard and dusty in dry weather. Please bear this in mind and dress appropriately.

You are likely to be sharing the paths with walkers, other runners and livestock. Please treat everyone and everything with the utmost respect. All gates must be closed behind you. Please do not leave any litter. If we leave a mess then we will not be allowed to run this race in the future. There are bins at every water station and marshals will be happy to take your rubbish.

The appropriate level of first aid cover will be provided however we would recommend that you read the following UKA advice about cardiac screening for athletes

Every entrant should receive an email confirmation of their entry within 2 weeks of sending/submitting

We will also be sending out email updates containing more useful information nearer to the time.

This route has been tested regularly, not always in one go! We hope you enjoy running it as much as we do!

Charities – we are being supported by Swanage Regatta and Carnival Committee and our charitable donations will be distributed through them along with a donation to our Chairman’s Charity


This event is being run by the local community FOR the local community and we need volunteers.

Enter The Purbeck Marathon

Thank you for your interest in the marathon, we hope that you will enjoy running around the beautiful Isle of Purbeck

Enter The Purbeck 16

Thank you for your interest in The Purbeck 16, we hope that you will enjoy running around the beautiful Isle of Purbeck


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