2013 Purbeck Marathon

Sunday 15th September 2013

Our second event was held on Sunday 15th September 2013. A fuller race report will follow but here are the all important results.

Many congratulations to Steve Way for winning for the second year running and Rhiannon Shepherd for being our first lady home.

Category Winners

Full Results

Our official photographs are now live on Flickr, once you’ve viewed them, make note of the image number and they can be ordered from Andy Farrer’s studio pages - the access password is Purbeckmarathon2013.

We will also be adding photos to the Gallery pages here and also on Facebook in the coming days. Keep checking in!

We’re overwhelmed by the number of complimentary emails and comments that have been flooding in since Sunday. We would be really grateful if you could also add your feedback onto Runners World so that other people can see how much fun you had too!

The next Purbeck Marathon will be held on Sunday 14th September 2014 – hope to see you there!

If you are unsure about whether this is the marathon for you, please take a look at our excellent reviews on Runners World

2013 News

Our 2013 AGM will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm. It will be held in the meeting room at the Royal British Legion in Corfe Castle.

On Sunday 16th September 2012 we held the inaugural Purbeck Marathon.

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Thank you to everyone who was involved in 2012. We had the most amazing support from volunteers who gave way above and beyond the call of duty. The weather took our bribe, and most of all we had the most amazing runners.Results are now available here, please let us know asap if you have any queries info@purbeckmarathon.co.uk

Event photos are available here. Many thanks to Steve from ActionPic for a fantastic job with these.

Here are some photos which sum up the day perfectly:

Our Mens Race winner – Steven Way of Bournemouth AC – in an incredible time of 2:56:52

Steve Way - Enjoying the scenery!



And our lady winner; Portland’s Team GB Sailor, fresh from the Olympics; Ali Young.

Ali Young on the long climb out of Corfe

The Start

The start; straight up the downs


What better setting for a race start?


Many thanks to Actionpic for the fantastic pictures

Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast has spectacular history, landscapes and views.The course with well over 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 picturesque villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston (no time to stop at the Square & Compass!) Then it’s on towards Swyre Head, to pass Heavens Gate and along the ridge, overlooking Kimmeridge, to Tyneham Cap. Through the army ranges from here it leaves the coast path and runs through the deserted village of Tyneham. From Tyneham it continues north up to and along the ridge of Purbeck Hills towards Corfe Castle, passing 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 on the seafront. The entire route has spectacular views which will help to combat (or distract from…) 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, uneven paths and although signposted and marshalled throughout, it will require a small amount of self-navigation (and a lot of common sense!) The marathon is a local community event with the proceeds being distributed to local charities.

Find more Runs in Swanage Elevation Chart There is an overall elevation of nearly 2000 feet over the course of the marathon. However that can be broken down into 4 main climbs (and a few smaller ones). The full chart and classification of the climbs can be found at mapmyrun (click on the map above) but here is a basic elevation chart. In 2012 the overall winners in both Male and Female Categories received a spectacular prize package:

  • A stunning print by the much acclaimed Cathy Veale; a local Purbeck artist and runner! (not necessarily this print)
  • A set of winter running gear, kindly donated by RunBreeze
  • A full set of their marathon photos, kindly donated by our event photographers ActionPic