NEW FOR 2019
Building on the success of The Purbeck Marathon we are offering you a new challenge. Not for the faint hearted our new Ultra will challenge even experienced ultra runners.
With the marathon route already set up we though you’d like twice the fun, double the climb (7025ft), double the distance (54 miles) double the challenge. To put it another way The Purbeck Ultra climb is more than one and a half times the height of Ben Nevis!
Making good use of the existing marathon course with plenty of fully stocked water stations, fully signed and marshalled this Ultra will give you all the support you need.
Please note that this is more than just a marathon in more ways than one!
The course is closer to 27 miles and it’s so good you’ll do it twice!
The Purbeck Ultra starts and finishes in Swanage and you’ll pass along the sea front at your halfway point.
From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and the Jurassic coast path, before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston. It then heads towards Swyre Head, to pass Heavens Gate and along the ridge towards Tyneham Cap. From here it leaves the coast path and runs through the deserted village of Tyneham. The route then continues up onto and along the ridge of the Purbeck Hills towards Corfe Castle, to pass below the battlements of this 11th century castle and into the village square. The route then returns to the hill Ridgeway and heads towards Swanage, where you will start it all again.
The entire route has spectacular views which will help to combat fatigue. Weather permitting there will also be stunning views of Portland, Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight. The Purbeck Ultra has a number of hard climbs (which you’ll do twice) and uneven paths but is signposted and marshalled throughout. It is tough, but where else can you do your post race icing by going for a swim in the sea?!
There is a time limit of 11 hours, with progressive course closures, so please bear this, and the course profile in mind when applying.
Please see out compulsory equipment list here.
The Purbeck Ultra is part of The Purbeck Running Festival – a local community event, put on by volunteers, with the proceeds being distributed to charity.
So far we have donated over £16,000 to charity. With your help we can increase that even further in 2018!
The Purbeck Marathon sold out in 2016, meaning there were a lot of disappointed runners. Don’t miss out on your 2018 place – get an entry in now!