The Purbeck Marathon Runners InformationMore Than Just A Marathon
Everything you need to know
These instructions will be updated regularly
Thank you for your interest in the marathon, we hope that you will enjoy running around the beautiful Isle of Purbeck as much as we do. Please note that this marathon is around 27 miles rather than the standard 26.2 miles.
The Purbeck Marathon Committee.
We are unable to offer any refunds. Deferrals will only be accepted up until July 31st 2015 and must be accompanied by valid medical proof (Dr. or Physio. letter), all medical deferrals will incur an administration charge of £10.
We are unable to offer any refunds once you have entered the race. If you want to transfer your number to another runner we can accept that up until a week before the race as long as you have emailed us and we have responded to accept.
Keep up to Date
Please keep a check on our website. If we have any last minute information we will post it here. In the event of bad weather please visit the website for the latest information.
Whether you have never run a marathon before or you are a seasoned runner, we’re sure you realise that training is essential. Remember to listen to your body and take care not to leave niggling injuries untreated. Eat and sleep well and remember to taper your training as the race date approaches so that you have enough energy for the big day. We strongly recommend that you visit the Runners’ Medical Resource website which has lots of useful information to help ensure you are fit to complete.
The race will start at 9.30am.
Your Number and Chip:
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 19th Sept, between 4-7pm or on the 20th 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.
Chip Mats: There will be mats to register your chips at the start, at Tyneham and at the finish. It is essential that you run (or walk!) over these as they are there not only to time you but to ensure that we know who is out on the course..
Swanage and the Purbeck area has much to offer in the way of accommodation. Please visit www.visitswanage.com or Trip Advisor for more information. It’s worth noting that if you only want accommodation for 1 night it’s usually better to call than to try and use the online booking tools.
Directions to Swanage:
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 car Parks which are shown on the Swanage map below. 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
Payment can be made by cash or using your mobile phone (you can pre-register) – further details are here
You must collect your number and chip by 9am. The registration desk will be closed after this time.
Please see here for a map of the key locations in Swanage
Toilets, changing and baggage: There is a changing area in a marquee situated alongside the finish in Sandpit Field. 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 with 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).
The Purbeck Marathon will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park but will finish in Sandpit field after running along the first part of Shore Road (which will be closed). 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).
The Purbeck Marathon will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park but will finish on the closed section of Shore road (the sea front) adjacent to Swanage Tourist Information Centre (map below). 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!
Race Start: The race starts promptly at 9.30am. There will be a race briefing 10 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. I’m sorry but there are no exceptions to this rule.
Running the marathon: The course provides a predominately off-road Marathon that is both challenging and rewarding. It is around 27 miles long – slightly longer than the standard 26.2 but rest assured the last mile is the easiest! As the course is along public footpaths and crosses open countryside, you are likely to be sharing the paths with walkers, cyclists, other runners and livestock. Please treat everyone and everything with the utmost respect. All gates must be closed behind you, even if they were open when you got there.
The course includes grass, stony surfaces and dirt tracks that are in places uneven. There is barbed wire fencing, stiles and predominantly clay soil. This means that it can be extremely muddy and slippery in damp weather. Whilst most of the course is off-road with only the last 2 miles being on normal road (normal road running risks apply), there is a road and rail crossing in Corfe Castle. The course crosses the A351 at the zebra crossing and runners will be marshalled, as they MUST cross at this point and be prepared to stop and wait when asked.
No-one can predict what the weather will be like on the day so please ensure that you adequately prepared for blazing heat, freezing cold and rain!
Swanage Railway Crossing: At approximately 20 miles into the marathon (in Corfe Castle) the route crosses a railway line. Runners may be delayed for their own safety by marshals whilst trains approach and pass. Any runner who crosses without the marshal’s permission will be AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED from the marathon. Whilst this delay is not ideal the railway crossing comprises the least hazardous route crossing of the A351 and should be considered part of the unique nature of the course.
In 2014 a runner ignored instructions to stop and this seriously jeopardised our route, we can’t afford to have any near misses so extra marshals will be posted here in 2015 and anyone ignoring instructions will be stopped, their number checked and then disqualified. I can’t stress how important this is.
LOOK AT THE SIGNS, LISTEN TO THE MARSHALS, DO WHAT THEY SAY.
Water and Feed Stations: There will be 8 water stops and 2 feed/water stops, however due to access challenges these will not be regularly spaced. They are located at around 1.5, 6, 8.5, 12.5, 14.5, 16, 18.5, 21, 22, and 25.5 miles. 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. The water station at 22 miles will be giving out bottles of water for you to carry along the downs until you get to the next water station. If you prefer your own drinks you will be required to carry them yourself or arrange to have supporters hand them to you on the course. We cannot arrange for specific drinks for particular athletes at our water stations. Please remember to dispose of all litter responsibly and not across the countryside. Our ability to run this marathon relies upon the responsible behaviour of our participants. We will also have sweets and fruit squash drinks at the stations at Whiteways (16 miles) and Corfe Castle (21 miles).
First-aid: will be available at regular points throughout the course. If you are injured or in trouble please let a marshal know as soon as possible, if you can’t get to the nearest marshal then ask a runner to tell the next one they come to. The marshals will be able to get help to get you transported to a first-aid point (you may have to wait). Please also report any injuries to a first aider in the finish zone as this will help us to plan for next year’s Purbeck Marathon. The remote nature of various stages means that Basic Life Support is available but access is not fast. Ensure you are fit to run!
IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE RUN AT ANY POINT, FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER, YOU MUST INFORM A MARSHALL. TOO MANY EVENTS HAVE BEEN RUINED BY SEARCHES FOR ATHLETES WHO HAVE LEFT THE AREA WITHOUT INFORMING THE ORGANISERS!
iPods/MP3 Players: We would prefer you not to run with these as they prevent you from hearing what is going on around you and instructions from marshals. If you must bring yours then you may only run with one earpiece in and must remove both whenever you are on/near a road. We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who doesn’t comply with this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- This marathon is around 27 miles long rather than 26.2 – it’s not More than a Marathon for nothing!
- The marathon 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