Following the success of The Purbeck Trail in 2014, the race series has now expanded with the addition of The Black Hill 10k in September. 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.
Five 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 five races with a maximum of three events counting towards the final score, or for those completing four or five races the best three scores will be counted.
The five events are:
· Studland Fun Run 5k – 30 August 2015
· The Beast 13ish miles – 6 September 2015
· The Purbeck Marathon – 20 September 2015
· The Black Hill 10k – 27 September 2015
· Studland Stampede 12k – 11 October 2015
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.
A spokesperson for the Purbeck Trail Series stated: “The first year of The Purbeck Trail was very successful and provided additional incentive for running hard as well as making the races even more fun. We are very pleased to be able to extend the Series with The Black Hill 10k.”
Entries should be made to the individual races through their relevant Web sites or other specified entry routes.
· Studland Fun Run – www.purbeckrunners.co.uk
· The Beast – www.pooleac.co.uk
· The Purbeck Marathon – www.thepurbeckmarathon.co.uk
· The Black Hill 10k – blackhillrun.wix.com/blackhillrun
· Studland Stampede – www.studlandstampede.co.uk
The Purbeck Trail Series is an independent competition open to all entrants to the individual races. Results are compiled by an independent adjudicator.