The Isle of Purbeck is characterised by its stunning scenery that attracts many holidaymakers. However, it is also gaining a well-deserved reputation for the quality of its running events. With the hills, off-road trails and closeness to the sea these races are not for the faint-hearted but ideal for those runners who want more of a challenge.
For 2014, four of the Isle of Purbeck running events have joined together to create the Purbeck Trail Series. The series is open to all runners who can score points by entering at least one of the four races with a maximum of three events counting towards the final score, or for those completing all four the best three scores will be counted.
The four events that comprise the Purbeck Trail Series are as follows:
· Studland Fun Run 5k – 24 August
· The Beast 13ish miles – 31 August
· The Purbeck Marathon – 14 September
· Studland Stampede 12k – 12 October
The Purbeck Trail Series offers runners a choice of distances and types of off-road terrain. All runners completing the event score points according to their position in the field. This is not gender-specific so there is always an incentive to finish higher up the field.
Purbeck Trail Series ongoing scores will be posted with a link from each participating race’s website. At the end of the series and when points have been tallied for runners’ best three events there is a range of age categories for men and women where prizes can be won. The results will be announced and prizes allocated after the Studland Stampede at approximately 1pm.
There are no additional costs to enter the Purbeck Trail Series other than the races’ standard entry fees. Runners entering any of the events will automatically score points for the Purbeck Trail Series.
Entries should be made to the individual races through their relevant Web sites or other specified entry routes.
The Purbeck Trail Series is an independent competition open to all entrants to the individual races. Results are compiled by an independent adjudicator.