The Purbeck 16 InformationMore Than A half
About the Purbeck 16
As with our Marathon, The Purbeck 16 is actually more than 16 miles and is in fact closer to 16.5 miles and is a great step up from a half marathon.
The Purbeck 16 starts and finishes in Swanage. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and along the Jurassic coast path before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston. This is where the route separates from the Marathon and cuts across heathland towards Corfe Castle and meets up with the Marathon Route on the common.
The route then picks returns to the hill Ridgeway and heads towards Swanage to finish on the seafront. 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 16 has a number of hard climbs, uneven paths and is nothing like running a road based race!
Just like The Purbeck Marathon, The purbeck 16 is a local community event and the proceeds will be distributed to local charities.
Just like the marathon this is more than just a 16 mile race, it’s a Purbeck 16.
The race will be run under UKA Rules.
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.
Keep up to Date
Please keep a check on our website. If we have any last minute information we will post it there. In the event of bad weather please visit the website for the latest information.
Whether you have never run 16 miles 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 10.00 am.
Your Number and chip tags
All numbers & chip tags will need to be collected.
All numbers and chip tags will need to be collected on the 20th Sept, at the start, between 7.30-9am. There will be an information desk open on Swanage seafront on but it will not be issuing numbers.
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 ensure that you attach your tags using the instructions on them. There are two tags for each runner.
Please note that the instructions below refer to the 2014 race, most of these will remain the same for 2015 but we reserve the right to amend them as we see fit.
On the Day Registration and Checkpoint
Every runner will have to register on the morning of race day. This is essential as we HAVE to know how many runners start the race. Registration will be at the START and will open at 7.30am and close at 9am. The race will be chip timed and you must ensure that you go over the start mat to register your start! There will also be a chip checkpoint at Tyneham Village. Again ensure that you pass through the check point and cross the mat. This is our check that all runners are off the coast path. If you fail to cross this mat you will trigger a search.
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 participants; however there are several public pay car Parks which are shown on the Swanage map . Charges are as follows (2013 charges):
Long Stay: Broad Rd, North Beach (De Moulham Rd), South Beach (Victoria Avenue) – 1 hr £1.80, 2hrs £3.40, 4hrs £6.40, 6hrs £7.20, Up to 24 hrs £8.00
Short Stay: Co-op & Mermond Place (closest to finish) – 1hr £1.20, 2hrs £2.10. Parking is free up until 10am.
All the car parks can be paid for by mobile phone using RingGo. See Swanage Car Parks for more details on how to register for RingGo and the location/prices of all the car parks.
DO NOT FORGET TO REGISTER BEFORE YOU RUN!!!!!
Please see here for a map of the key locations in Swanage
Toilets and changing: There is a changing area in a marquee situated on Sand Pit field (the grass field above the sea front). There are event toilets on Sand Pit Field and on the sea front itself.
Please note that there are no dedicated toilets at the start, however public toilets are located along with the sea front, on the pier north of the start (for runners only) and at the end of Peveril Point Road. Please see the link to the Swanage map below.
Please do not use the bushes as this will not endear us with anyone.
Baggage: This 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 16 will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park but will finish on Sand Pit Field above the sea front. 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 race 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!
- The Purbeck 16 will start at 10am, with check in open from 7.30-9 am
- 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 use the checkpoint will result in disqualification.
- The route will be marshalled.
- There is a course limit of 4 hrs 30 mins with progressive closures.
- There will be at least 6 water stops (1 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 available from Corfe via the railway if needed
- This will be a very challenging race. There is no runner’s world classification for ‘very hilly’!!!!!! Please don’t expect it to be like a city race, 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.
- The Purbeck Marathon will start along the same route 30mins earlier, so the faster runners may overtake the tail enders of the Marathon.
- 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 and other charities and of course your chosen charity will benefit from the money that you raise.
- If you are not running for a charitable cause, please consider doing so.