Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LB
- Distance26.2 miles
- Water stations
- Traffic free
- Wheelchair accessible
Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast has spectacular history, landscapes and views. The course with 2000 feet of climbs provides a predominately off-road Marathon that is both challenging and rewarding.
This new marathon starts and finishes in Swanage. 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. Then it 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. It then continues south up to and along the ridge of 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 to finish back on the seafront.
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 Marathon has a number of hard climbs and uneven paths and although signposted and marshalled throughout, it will require a small amount of self-navigation.
There will be a time limit of 7 hours with progressive course closures so please bear in mind this and the course profile when applying
The marathon is a local community event with the proceeds being distributed to local charities.
Supervised bag storage
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