The Sun Shines On Purbeck Marathon

The Sun Shines On Purbeck Marathon

Published at 8:34am 21st September 2016.

On a lovely sunny day in Swanage hundreds of runners experienced More Than Just a Marathon.

On a lovely sunny day in Swanage hundreds of runners experienced More Than Just a Marathon. The weather was somewhat hot for running but it helped to bring out lots of spectators who added to the atmosphere and encouraged the runners as they tackled the challenging Purbeck terrain.

This was the first year of The Purbeck Running Festival that comprises The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16. This was also part of The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend that also included cycling and Nordic walking.

The Purbeck Marathon started at 9.30am with The Purbeck 16 leaving the same point 30 minutes later. The first runners home had completed The Purbeck 16. This may be ten miles shorter but it is still a very tough race that takes in some tough hills that is mostly off-road. The winner was Will Brewin in 1.56 followed by the 2015 winner Pete Roper of Poole AC in 1.59 and Kev Tourle in 2.00. In the women’s race the winner was Fiona Gordon of Swindon Striders in 2.20 followed by Sally Munro of Gower Goers in 2.23 and Jemma Murray of Lytchett Manor Striders in 2.31. The first local male was Robert Crabtree while Jemma Murray was the first local female.

The Purbeck Marathon, now in its fifth year, also takes in a loop through the abandoned Tyneham village and a very long climb onto the Purbeck ridge. This is an extremely tough course with around 3,000ft of ascent. The winner was Alex van Tuyl in 3.01 followed by Iain Trickett of Dorset Doddlers in 3.18 and David Blamire-Brown in 3.27. Joanna Hanna won the women’s Marathon in 3.45 followed by Liz Goldsack of Purbeck Runners in 4.10 and Sonia Budd in 4.26. The first local male was Alex van Tuyl while Joanna Hanna was the first local female.

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 received a special goody bag including a unique finishers T-shirt, a bottle of Purbeck Cider and a Purbeck Ice Cream. Many noted it was the best goody bag they had received and it also helped to showcase wonderful Purbeck products.

Martin Payne, Race Director for The Purbeck Marathon, noted the importance of the event to the area:

“After five years of The Purbeck Marathon and two years of The Purbeck 16 the races are now an important fixture in the running calendar. The event brings a lot of people to the area who can see just how beautiful Purbeck is, how warm and friendly the locals are and experience some of the local products.”

The race cannot take place without the help of many volunteers on the day as well as our partners who all make a major contribution to this unique event.

The Purbeck Marathon raises much-needed funds for local good causes. Alongside, the organisers’ nominated charities, volunteers who help on the day have had a direct say in how funds are distributed with the opportunity to nominate a charity to receive funding from the event. The Purbeck Marathon will be announcing soon the level of funds that have been distributed from the 2016 event.

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. For 2017, The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend will be the 16-17 September with The Purbeck Running Festival on Sunday 17 September 2017.

The Purbeck Running Festival is organised by The Purbeck Outdoor Weekend, an independent charitable organisation.

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