THE PURBECK TRAIL SERIES
BACK FOR 2023!
Hidden away in the corner of Dorset, is the Isle of Purbeck, one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty and the home of the Purbeck Trail Series. Now in its 10th year, The Purbeck Trail Series is back for 2023
Starting with the Dorset Ooser Half Marathon on 16th April, and finishing with the Studland Stampede on 15th October, the Purbeck Trail Series is a challenge for runners of all standards!
The Purbeck trail Series is a partnership between the five race organisers who also fund the prizes.
There are no additional costs apart from the races' standard entry fees. Runners entering any of the races will automatically score points for the Purbeck Trail Series - the more races you enter the more points you earn! (only your best 3 results will count)
As well as individual prizes for the winners, there will again be a club / team prize; The total points scored by the best 4 runners* of each team or club will be added together, to decide the winner
(*It doesn't have to be the same runners in all races, but all male teams wont count. there must be a minimum of 2 ladies in each team for the results to be included)
"Don't miss the best off-road running in the South Coast with this unique series of trail running events"
The 5 Races
16th April 2023 - The Dorset Ooser Half Marathon
Starting from an Ancient Thatched barn the route goes straight uphill & then follows farm tracks & footpaths through fields, woodlands, hidden holloways, heathland & picturesque hamlets.
18th June 2023 - Coombe Keynes 10k
Run on a scenic and undulating course within the historic Lulworth Estate. From tracks on chalk downland to woodland paths there is outstanding scenery for the whole race.
3rd September 2023 - The Beast
The 12 mile (ish) race starts and finishes on Corfe Common, Corfe Castle, and takes in part of the Jurassic Coastline as well as the infamous steps at St Aldelms Head.
24th September 2023 - Black Hill 10k
This rural & hilly 10k runs through ancient woodland and historic cattle droves, and past the delightful hamlet of Turner's Puddle, starting and finishing in the fields behind Bere Regis.
15th October 2023 - Studland Stampede
A tough event that races over heath land and sandy beaches, in the beautiful location of Studland Bay. The 12k route offers stunning views of Agglestone Rock & Poole Harbour.
A maximum of three results for each runner count to decide the prizes.
If you compete four or five races, only your best three positions will count.
Points are awarded for each position in all the races regardless of gender.
The winner of each race will get 500 points, 2nd 499 points, 3rd 498 points etc.
Every place counts so there is incentive to get ahead of the runner ahead be it man or woman.
What are the prizes?
The prizes will be unique trophies with a local flavour awarded to:-
Top three overall men & women.
Top under 40* men & women
Top 40 something* men & women
Top 50 something* men & women
Top 60 something* men & women
Top 70 plus* men & women
One prize only per runner.
* Age on date of the first race.
Special Prize - In addition we will have special commemorative awards for every runner completing all the races
Club / Team Prize
The total points scored by the best 4 runners* of each club / team in all 5 races will be added to decide the winner of the Team Shield for 2022.
(*teams must consist of no more than 2 men. This means teams can now be all ladies, 3 ladies and 1 man, or 2 men and 2 ladies. You can have different runners represent the team in each race)
Each runner's club/team is determined by the club/team they run for in their first Purbeck Trail Series race, after which it is then fixed for the entire series.
What does it cost and how do I enter?
Nothing, just enter one, two, three, four, or all five of the races and you'll automatically be included in the Purbeck Trail Series but the more races you enter the more you'll score.
The Age Category Prizes have been sponsored by the National Trust Studland
The Team Prize Shield has been sponsored by Dorset Flapjacks
Get In Touch
The Purbeck Trail Series does not have a central contact.
In order to ask questions about an individual race, please contact the race directly via their website (links above in the race list),
or via the facebook page, many thanks.
Some FAQs listed below -
Q. HOW DO I ENTER THE PURBECK TRAIL SERIES?
A. Simply enter any or all of the races via their normal entry system
Q. CAN I ENTER ALL THE RACES IN ONE GO?
A. No, sorry you need to enter each race separately as above
Q. HOW DO I ENTER THE STUDLAND STAMPEDE / COOMBE KEYNES 10k..etc
A. Please enter the race via its individual website/entry system
Q. CAN I ENTER WITH MY DOG?
A. Some of the races permit Dog-assisted entries, but these do not count towards the Purbeck Trail Series, sorry.