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In just three years The Purbeck Marathon has established itself as not just one of the most unique distance races in the UK but also one of the best. In each year it has been rated amongst the top three Marathons in the UK by a leading running magazine and the sixth best race of any distance in 2014.

New for 2015 is The Purbeck 16. It may be ten miles shorter than The Purbeck Marathon but it is still a challenging race. It takes in much of the same route as The Purbeck Marathon, the beautiful Purbeck countryside, the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage with its pier and award-winning beach, Durlston Country Park as well as great views of the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Portland, weather permitting. It is certainly not an easy option!

The Purbeck 16 also passes historic places such as Corfe Castle, the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers, Kingston – home to our favourite ice cream – crossing the Swanage Railway where runners might see a working steam locomotive. Like The Purbeck Marathon, runners finish on the seafront in Swanage with a chance to cool those tired legs in the English Channel.

The race will use Chip Timing to ensure runners receive an accurate time. The race will start 30 minutes after The Purbeck Marathon to ensure there are no runner jams at the start of the course. The route will be largely the same as The Purbeck Marathon except that it will cut across from Kingston to Corfe Castle.

Like The Purbeck Marathon, The Purbeck 16 is a community event organised by volunteers with proceeds raised through entry fees and sponsorship donated to local charities and good causes. In 2014, The Purbeck Marathon donated £6,000 to local community good causes.

Race Director, Martin Payne, warned that this was not an easy race:

“The Purbeck 16 is a great opportunity to run in the beautiful Purbeck Hills without having to complete the full Marathon (and a bit). However, runners should not under-estimate this race. It is still very hilly, mostly off-road and therefore a tough challenge. It is worth it for the views and a wonderful stepping stone to The Purbeck Marathon the following year.”

A new Web site for The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16 is now on-line at www.thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk. This has been developed by Blue Level Media of Corfe Castle and we are grateful for their help in supporting this unique event.

We are also pleased to welcome Purbeck! journal as a new partner for the race. Like The Purbeck Marathon, Purbeck! looks to showcase the best of a beautiful part of England.

The Purbeck Marathon and The Purbeck 16 are 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.

The organisers have announced that entries for The Purbeck 16 2015 on 20 September are already open with details available at www.thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk.

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Race Director Martin Payne is available for interview. 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.