Race Day Information

Prebooked Race Fees:

Purbeck Ultra – Affiliated £48, Non Affiliated £50 Admin fee £2

Purbeck Marathon – Affiliated £38, Non Affiliated £40 Admin fee £2

Purbeck 16 – Affiliated £25, Non Affiliated £27 Admin fee £2

Purbeck 10K – Affiliated £16, Non Affiliated £18 Admin fee £2

Purbeck 5K – Affiliated £10, Non Affiliated £12 Admin fee £2

On the Day Race Fees

Purbeck Ultra – £55      –      Purbeck Marathon – £45      –      Purbeck 16 – £30      –      Purbeck 10K – £20      –      Purbeck 5k – £15

There will be a race briefing 15 minutes before the start and then the race will start as soon as the briefing finishes. Anyone arriving after the race has started and the sweepers have left will NOT be allowed to start. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Ultra Race Briefing will be on Sand Pit Field at 6pm on Friday – Will include kit check.

Cut Off Times

The Ultra and Marathon races will have progressive closures of the marshalling stations after the last sweeper has gone through. Races may overlap. The 16, 10k and 5k races do not have cut off times.


The Purbeck Ultra – 14hrs = minimum 15:30 min/mile pace


The Purbeck Marathon – 7 hrs 11mins (don’t ask) = minimum 15 min/mile pace

All races will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park. The Purbeck 10K & 5K will finish in the same location. The Purbeck Ultra, Marathon & 16 will finish in Sand pit field after running along the first part of Shore Road (which will be closed on Sunday).

Numbers and Chips: 

All numbers and chips will need to be collected From either from the admin point on Sand Pit Field or at registration at Prince Albert Gardens, just prior to the race – see below

Sand Pit Fields Admin point will be open – Friday 4-6pm, Saturday 4-9pm
Registration on PAG will be open – Saturday 7-8am & Sunday 7-10am

The Purbeck Ultra – Friday  ONLY.
The Purbeck 5K – Friday & Saturday
The Purbeck Marathon – Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
The Purbeck 16 – Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
The Purbeck 10K – Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Please ensure that you complete the form on the reverse of your race number. This is for your own safety; we need medical and contact information should anything prevent you finishing the race.

Changing: There is a changing area in a marquee situated alongside the finish in Sandpit Field. Please allow sufficient time to get from Sand Pit Field to the Start area – approx 1/2 mile.

Toilets: There are public toilets on Shore Road, about 5 minutes from the changing area. Please note that there are no dedicated toilets at the start, however, public toilets are located along with the sea front (near the finish), on the pier north of the start and at the end of Peveril Point Road.

Please do not use the bushes as this will not endear us to anyone.

Baggage: can be dropped near to the start in Prince Albert Gardens and will be transported to the finish for when you get there! We have limited space so please only bring a small bag and ensure that it is marked with your race number and name (we will provide labels).

There are no specific runners’ toilets around the course but public toilets can be found at Durlston Visitor’s Centre and also at Tyneham, just as you enter the village (100m before the water station).

Massage: Sports Massage will be available after the races, massage is free but a donation to charity is welcomed.

Medals & T Shirts: We are planning some great bespoke medals and Tech T’s for you

The Purbeck Ultra & Purbeck Marathon – Included in the entry fee
The Purbeck 16, Purbeck 10K & Purbeck 5K – Medal included – Tech T extra  (via entry form)


The Purbeck Ultra – At finish approx 1 hr after winners arrive.
The Purbeck 5K – At finish approx 1 hr after first finisher
The Purbeck Marathon – At finish approx 1 hr after winners arrive.
The Purbeck 16 – At finish approx 1 hr after winners arrive.
The Purbeck 10K – At finish on the approx 1 hr after winners arrive.

Results: Results will be posted on our website as soon as possible after the event.

The finish area: Please note that friends and family will not be allowed into the area just behind the finish. We need to keep this clear for runners/first aiders etc.

Queries:  If you have any please send to our race management team info@nice-work.org.uk

Feedback: We would appreciate all your feedback; good and bad. This will help ensure that this event improves every year. We would be particularly grateful if you could rate our run on Runners World. Thank you.


We will do everything to look after you on the day:

The routes will be fully signed & marshalled.

There will be water stops and food stations around the course, however due to access challenges these will not be regularly spaced. The furthest distance between stops will be 5 miles so it would be advisable to run with either a refillable bottle or a camelbak type carrier.

Medical support will be provided

Transport back to Swanage will be provided if needed

These races are very challenging but rewarding. There is no classification for ‘very hilly’!!!!!! Please don’t expect it to be like a city marathon as it isn’t!

The coastal path is predominantly clay soil. This means that it becomes extremely muddy and slippery in damp weather but very hard and dusty in dry weather. Please bear this in mind.

You will be sharing the paths with walkers, other runners and livestock. Please treat everyone and everything with the utmost respect. All gates must be closed behind you. Please do not leave any litter. If we leave a mess then we will not be allowed to run these races in the future. There are bins at every water station and marshals will be happy to take your rubbish.

The appropriate level of first aid cover will be provided however we would recommend that you read the following UKA advice about cardiac screening for athletes.

Every entrant should receive an email confirmation of their entry within 2 weeks of sending/submitting

We will also be sending out email updates containing more useful information nearer to the time.

These routes have been tested regularly, not always in one go! We hope you enjoy running them as much as we do!

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