Prolific Sussex-based race organiser Nice Work has announced their management of a Devon classic. The Purbeck Running Festival, part of Purbeck Outdoor Weekend, will take place on 14-15 September 2019 on the stunning Jurassic Coast and the new organisers are promising a host of improvements and additions.
Purbeck Marathon has been a successful event for several years and with more than 2,000 feet of ascent it is one of the most scenic in Britain. Last year's winning times of 3:00:20 and 3:35:31 and an average finishing time of 5:18:03 tells a story – this is one tough race!
Jacek Cieluszecki (Bournemouth) and Becky Atkinson (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) were the durable competitors who prevailed and both can point to personal bests at least half an hour faster on less lumpy terrain.
Purbeck Marathon had already produced an offspring in the form of the Purbeck 16 but Nice Work have extended the programme further to include a 54-mile Ultra, plus the Purbeck 6 and Purbeck 3 as more accessible introductions to the challenging world of trail running.
Purbeck Outdoor Weekend also includes Bikemonger Bimbles. Just like the Running Festival it takes in the beauty and nature of the Jurassic Coast but from the viewpoint of a bike. Nordic walkers are also welcomed with their own marathon and 16-miler around the Isle of Purbeck.
Medals, T-shirts and goody bags are obviously part of the race experience but wild terrain, spectacular scenery and great camaraderie are the special hallmarks of this back to nature weekend. Expect views of castles, steam railways, lighthouses and rock formations as you traverse cliff tops, country parks, stunning coves and lost villages in this World Heritage area.
The event village, with its licensed bar, BBQ and music is situated at Sand Pit Field, Swanage.
Image courtesy Purbeck Running Festival/Nice Work