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Get ready for the Purbeck Running Festival

by Press Release
Saturday 10th September 2016
The inaugural Purbeck Running Festival is almost here. This Festival runs alongside two other festivals as part of The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend (T-POW) which includes Nordic Walking and Mountain Biking events. The core event to T-POW is The Purbeck Marathon, now in its fifth year. 
The Purbeck Marathon is billed as More Than Just a Marathon. Alongside the slightly longer course, there are many aspects that make The Purbeck Marathon stand out from other events over the classic Marathon distance of 26 miles 385 yards.
The Purbeck Marathon starts at 9.30 on the Downs above Swanage Pier. The race route takes in Durlston, Worth Matravers, Kingston, passing above Kimmeridge to cross MOD land and runs through deserted Tyneham Village. Turning for home, the runners have a long uphill to reach the Purbeck ridge which they follow through Creech to Corfe Castle, Nine Barrow Down and via Ulwell to finish on Sandpit Field above the sea front in Swanage. The Purbeck 16 starts at 10am and follows the same route to Kingston before cutting across to Corfe Castle and re-joining the Marathon route near the Castle Inn in Corfe Castle. 
On the route the runners pass many places of interest including Durlston Castle, the historic Square & Compass and Castle Inn pubs, Corfe Castle, Tyneham Village as well as crossing the busy Swanage Railway in Corfe Castle. The finish area has wonderful views over the sea and award-winning beach, giving runners the chance to cool their tired limbs in the water. In 2014 and 2015, Swanage was visited by the historic paddle Steamer PS Waverley during the Marathon and another visit is scheduled for during the 2016 Marathon. 
Runners have always mentioned not just the beauty of the course but also the strong support from locals around the route, even in seemingly remote spots. The Purbeck Marathon not only showcases the stunning scenery of Purbeck but also the friendliness and welcome from the people who are fortunate to live there. 
All finishers receive a special goody bag including a unique finishers T-shirt, a bottle of Purbeck Cider and a Purbeck Ice Cream.

We at Run247 absolutely love this race! Read our review of last year's event here
Martin Payne, Race Director for The Purbeck Marathon, is looking forward to the weekend:
“We are very proud of what The Purbeck Marathon has achieved over five years and it can justifiably claim to be More Than Just a Marathon. Every year gets better and we are confident that the 2016 races will continue that.”
The race cannot take place without the help of many volunteers on the day. It is not necessary to run to be a part of this great and unique event. Alongside their role in helping to stage the event, runners always mention the enthusiasm of the route marshals and other helpers adding to the race atmosphere.
As in previous years, The Purbeck Marathon is looking to raise much-needed funds for local good causes. Alongside, the organisers’ nominated charities, volunteers who help on the day have a direct say in how funds are distributed with the opportunity to nominate a charity to receive funding from the event. 
This marathon is a community event, put on by volunteers in order to share our favourite runs with you and to raise much needed funds for local charities and good causes. In 2015, we were able to donate £6,000 to these causes, the same as in 2014 despite major investments in the race. If you would like to become involved, please contact info@thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk. 
The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16 are part of The Purbeck Running Festival and The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend. The events taking place over the weekend highlight the beauty of Purbeck, boost the local economy and help local community good causes. The races cannot take place without the support of our partners and volunteers on the day. 

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