1 May

Dorset Set For Speedy Marathon

North Dorset action

Sunday will see the staging of the North Dorset Village Marathon and Relay. One of the most picturesque marathons on the calendar, it is also relatively flat and with favourable weather forecast, it could be a PB-fest for up to 400 runners.

The race sets off from Sturminster Newton High School heading through country lanes taking in the villages of Hinton St Mary, Marnhull, Stalbridge, Todber, Stour Row, Margaret Marsh, West Orchard, Farrington, Child Okeford and Hammoon.

There will also be dozens of teams of four taking part in the relay event over the same course. Finishers will celebrate with a hog roast – or vegetarian option – at the finish.