The Purbeck 16 Information

More 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.

Deferrals

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.

Training:

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.

Accommodation:

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

or

From Wareham, take the A351 heading south through Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross.

Parking:

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.

Race Day

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!

Race StartRace Start: The race starts promptly at 10am. 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 Course: The course is predominately off-road and is both challenging and rewarding. 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: Just short of 11 miles into the course (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 race. 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. 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, 10.5, 11 and 15.5 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 11 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 event relies upon the responsible behaviour of our participants. We will also have sweets and fruit squash drinks at Corfe Castle station (10.5 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 event. The remote nature of various stages means that Basic Life Support is available but access is not fast. Ensure you are fit to run! Dropping Out: A sweep will follow behind the 4hr 30min minimum pace for the course. If you are not meeting this pace you may be asked to drop out as the course will close once the sweep has gone through each section. 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. 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 Purbeck 16 you will be presented with a medal and a Goody bag. Presentations: Will take place at the finish at approximately 2 pm subject to all the prize winners having completed the race. 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. 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 events on Runners World. Thank you. Finally, in Summary: We will do everything to look after you on the day:

  • 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.

Volunteering

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

Shop

Why not visit our shop we have some hoodies that make great gifts and all our profits go to charity!

Volunteering

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

Shop

Why not visit our shop we have some hoodies that make great gifts and all our profits go to charity!

Volunteering

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

Shop

Why not visit our shop we have some hoodies that make great gifts and all our profits go to charity!