12 Feb

Bourne Identity

zBournemouth Marathon logo

The routes for the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon Festival have been unveiled with organisers billing the weekend of events as 'running as it should be.' The two day festival will take place on the weekend of 5/6 October in the Dorset town. Entrants to Sunday's main race can expect a challenging yet scenic run.

The 26.2mile course begins in a tree-lined avenue within Bournemouth's Kings Park. It will take in the trendy Southbourne area, the Stone Age settlement Hengistbury Head, cliff top views of the Isle of Wight, Boscombe Pier, Boscombe Chine Gardens, Poole Harbour and the finish line at Lower Gardens.

"The spectacular, natural running environment and fresh air of Bournemouth and Poole will be loved by runners who want 'running as it should be'," says race director Neil Kilgour. "The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is a unique and exciting addition to the UK running calendar."

Jon Weaver, marketing & events manager from Bournemouth Tourism said: "We can't wait to host the 2013 Marathon Festival and welcome the thousands of runners expected over the weekend. Our established record of great award-winning family festivals and the stunning location is sure to excite everyone - runners, supporters, families, friends and the local community."

As well as the full 26.2 mile distance, Bournemouth Marathon Festival weekend features half marathon, 10k, 5k and junior 3k and 1.5k options. To enter, visit www.run-bmf.com