THE PURBECK TRAIL SERIES
WE'RE BACK FOR 2021!
*IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION*
At present all races have been planned to go ahead and we hope they can do so but due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation obviously there are no guarantees!
We will be monitoring the guidelines carefully and updates will be posted here and on the Facebook Page.
Please see separate race websites for individual event statuses
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 EIGHTH year (or should that still be 7th? given that 2020 didn't happen?), the Purbeck Trail Series is back for 2021 (COVID permitting)!
Starting with the Dorset Ooser Half Marathon on 4th April, and finishing with the Studland Stampede on 17th October, the Purbeck Trail Series is a challenge for runners of all standards!
The Purbeck trail Series is a partnership between the six 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 4 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 6 Races
18th April 2021 - 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.
20th June 2021 - 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.
5th September 2021 - 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.
19th September 2021 - The Purbeck 16
The longest race in the Trail Series, The Purbeck 16 starts and finishes at Swanage and features glorious coastline and sights such as the Swanage Steam Railway and Corfe Castle.
26th September 2021 - 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.
17th October 2021 - 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 four results for each runner count to decide the prizes.
If you compete five or six races, only your best four 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 6 races
Club / Team Prize
The total points scored by the best 4 runners* of each club / team in all seven races will be added to decide the winner of the Team Shield for 2021.
(*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, five, or all six 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 6 RACES IN ONE GO?
A. No, sorry you need to enter each race separately as above
Q. HOW DO I ENTER THE STUDLAND STAMPEDE / COOME KEYNES 10k..etc
A. Please enter the race via its individual website/entry system