About the route
Both races start from and finish at an ancient thatched barn in a historic tiny hamlet of Turners Puddle in the heart of Dorset.
The routes go straight uphill from the start, and then follow farm tracks, fields, trails that wind through ancient woodlands, old hidden holloways (sunken trails following historic drovers routes), short road sections through picturesque hamlets, managed woodland tracks, heathland, and all in the glorious Dorset countryside.
Despite all that lovely countryside though this race is not a pushover. In the marathon there are 13 hills, around 1000m of elevation, a fair bit of mud to lose your trail shoes in, 7 stiles to clamber over while swearing, & 2 fords.
The half boasts around 400m of elevation.
The Races are predominantly trail.
The Marathon has a maximum of 3km (approx) in total of short tarmac sections, the longest being 1km.
The Half Marathon has a maximum of 2.4km (approx) in total of short tarmac sections, the longest being 1.4km.
Routes will be marked with our own unique arrows.
As back up we provide gpx files of the route with your race instructions.
CLICK HERE for a simplified map of the route on Google Maps
Marshals & Aid Stations
We endeavour to put marshals on all road crossings, and tricky route turnings.
There will be 2 sweepers in each race.
There are 4 Aid stations on the marathon and 2 on the half marathon.
Aid stations will have shelter and will be stocked with basic provisions and all will have the same choice of items.
THIS IS A CUPLESS RACE
In line with most european trail races and now many UK trail races we will NOT be providing disposable cups at the aid stations, this is to cut down on both litter and waste. Aid station volunteers will be happy to fill your water bladders and bottles for you, but we recommend you obtain a re-usable cup for drinks at the aid stations.
aid stations will be approx 7 - 8km apart at:
WEATHERBY CASTLE - 7km Marathon only
CLYFFE HOUSE - 16km Marathon only
AFFPUDDLE VILLAGE - 24km Marathon / 8km Half
KITE HILL DAIRY - 32km Marathon / 16km Half
EVENT DATE is 16th April 2023
START TIMES are; Marathon 9:00am, Half 10:00am
NUMBER COLLECTION from 7.30am
LOCATION is Turners Puddle, Dorset. Postcode DT2 7JA, OR What3 Words code ///moved.pythons.swim will get you to the parking field by the farm, where you will also find portable toilets and number collection.
PRICE is £37 for the Marathon and £27 for the Half Marathon for non-affiliated runners (£2 discount for affiliated runners)
IDEAL FOR those who love to race a tough off-road challenge, but equally, with the generous cut-off time, be accessible to those who prefer to enjoy the scenery on the way round. (You need to be aged 18+ to enter the Marathon and 17+ to enter the Half) )
CUT OFFS are 8 hours for the Marathon and 4.5 hours for the half.
ENTRY INCLUDES a Medal for all finishers, fully signed routes, gpx files, event Medics, sweeper runners, Prizes for first 3 males and first 3 females, and first 3 canicross (mixed), car parking, bag drop (Covid permitting), post race refreshment, free event Photos, option to purchase event t-shirts. The marathon was previously a UTMB qualifying race TBC for 2023(canicross runners not eligible sorry).
The Half Marathon is part of The Purbeck Trail Series
By entering you agree to our terms and conditions.
Contact us with any questions you may have.