Ultra Specific Info

What you need to know!

Race Fees

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

Start Time: Saturday The Purbeck Ultra – 7.30am.

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

There will also be a short race briefing 15 minutes before the start to cover any race day specific info and warnings. 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.

Cut Off Time

There will be a cut off time of 14 hours which is approximately 15:30 mile pace. Runners will need to pass half way within 7 hours to be permitted to start the second lap.

The Ultra will start on the Downs overlooking Swanage Pier, adjacent to the Broad Rd car park & will finish in Sand pit field after running along the first part of Shore Road (which will be closed on Sunday).


80% of the course is on trail. Trail shoes are advised but you will be able to complete the course perfectly adequately in road shoes. There are sections of the route which can be slippery and technical in the wet. Please use due care and attention on steep downhill sections.

There will be kit checks prior to the race as well as potentially during and at the finish. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times.

The Following list of kit is manditory for the Purbeck Ultra.

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (Provided at the Ultra Breifing)
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Waterproof Jacket: Gore-tex or similar, minimum 10000mm+ & must have sealed seams.
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch or Primary Light Source (Minimum 75 lumens)
  • Refillable bottle or a camelbak type carrier.
  • Energy bar/gels.

Route Map – this is available here but it is not recomended to carry one as the route is fully signed and may alter from the map on the day in unforseen circumstances. If in doubt FOLLOW THE SIGNS.

Numbers and Chips: 

Ultra numbers and chips will need to be collected from the admin point on Sand Pit Field on Friday between 4-6pm. This will be followed by the Ultra race brief at 6 pm on the Friday. If you cannot make this or are held up you will need to let us know asap.

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 – At finish 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


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 9 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

This Ultra is very challenging but rewarding. There is no classification for ‘very hilly’!!!!!! There is approx 7000ft of climb.  

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.

This route has been tested regularly, not always in one go! We hope you enjoy running it as much as we do!

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