Organisers are putting plans in place for what will be the first Purbeck Marathon. The predominantly off road course starts and finishes in Swanage, and covers the area’s famous land marks such as Durlston, Worth Matravers, Kimmeridge, Tyneham and Corfe Castle. Featuring approximately 2000 feet of climbs (there are 4 main climbs), this will certainly not be your everyday race but for anyone fond of a challenge the stunning scenery should provide plenty of distraction.
Rose Clarke, part of the Organisational Team behind the event commented:
“We have a very active running community in the Purbecks, including a very well supported running club. The area already boasts popular 5k, 10k and Half Marathon races so it was time to complete that package with a marathon. We can offer a truly unique event, incorporating some of the best of the UK’s Coast and Countryside into one race with the added bonus of a great experience for supporters. We are positive that the Purbeck Marathon will quickly establish itself in the World running calendar.”
Billed as “One of The World’s Most Scenic Marathons” the organisers hope to attract approximately 300 runners for this year’s launch event. News seems to be travelling fast, with registration enquiries coming in via the web site, running clubs and with an active Twitter campaign already in place, the event is sure to be a winning formula.
With proceeds going to local charities it already has wide support within the community.
For general information about the route and registration go to www.purbeckmarathon.co.uk