It may be only three years old but The Purbeck Marathon has been ranked in the UK’s top three Marathons each year. What’s more, it is rated the sixth best race of any distance in the UK. This is an outstanding achievement for a small local event run entirely by volunteers. However, The Purbeck Marathon is making waves with the 2014 event a sell-out well before the closing date for entries despite increasing the number of places. The 2015 race on 20 September is already filling up fast.

The Purbeck Marathon bills itself as “More than Just a Marathon.” Runners completing the classic Marathon distance of 26 miles and 385 yards will find they still have a short distance to run including a final hill up to Sandpit Field in Swanage. It is closer to 27 miles but well worth the extra effort.

It is “More than Just a Marathon” because of the stunning scenery that takes in the beautiful seaside resort of Swanage, The Jurassic Coast, Durlston Country Park and the Purbeck hills. How many Marathons offer you stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Portland (weather permitting)?

It is “More than Just a Marathon” because of the unique places it passes on the route. Runners cross the MOD tank firing range and run through the deserted village of Tyneham. They cross the historic Swanage Railway on a foot crossing, skirt the iconic ruins of Corfe Castle and finish alongside the beach where the sea is a great way to relieve tired limbs.

It is “More than Just a Marathon” because finishers receive a good bag that includes a technical T-shirt as well as locally-made Purbeck Ice Cream and a bottle of Isle of Purbeck beer.

One of the objectives of The Purbeck Marathon is to involve the community, working with local groups and giving increasing sums to charitable causes. In 2014, The Purbeck Marathon donated £6,000 to local community good causes. Race Director, Martin Payne, noted the importance of community involvement:

“The Purbeck Marathon is about showcasing the beauty of Purbeck while raising funds for local charities and good causes. Runners have noted the wonderful support on the course even though much of the route is in the countryside.”

The Purbeck Marathon is organised totally by volunteers. A committee works all year to develop and improve the event and many more volunteers are required on the day for tasks such as marshalling, baggage tent, first aid, etc. The Purbeck Marathon is always looking for people who wish to join us and be part of the wonderful and unique event. If you would like to become involved, please contact info@thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk.

We welcome partners who would like to become involved in this unique event. We are pleased to announce that Corfe Castle company Blue Level Media has joined with us to work on an updated Web site. We are looking forwards to working closely with them.

The organisers have announced that entries for the 2015 Purbeck Marathon on 20 September are already open with details available at www.thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk.

This marathon is a community event, put on by (extremely tired!) volunteers in order to share our favourite runs with you and to raise much needed funds for local charities and good causes. In 2014, we were able to donate £6,000 to these causes, a 50% increase on 2013.


Race Director Martin Payne is available for interview after 16 January. Please call 07799 268688.

Photographs of the Purbeck Marathon 2014 should be credited to Gavin Gardner or Martin Payne. High-resolution photographs are available on request.

The organisers would like to thank the companies and organisations that helped to stage the 2014 event. A full list can be found here.

The Purbeck Marathon

UKA Licence Number 2014-12826
Registered in England 08488477
Registered Office: Herston Cross House, 230 High Street, Swanage. Dorset. BH19 2PQ