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Purbeck Marathon

Quick facts

Location Swanage, United Kingdom

Distance Ultra marathon

About Purbeck Marathon

Want to do your post-race icing by going for a swim in the sea? This marathon is perfect for you.

The Purbeck Marathon takes place in Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast which has spectacular history, landscapes and views. It is the main event of The Purbeck Running FestivalThe predominately off-road marathon course has around 3000 feet of climbs and is both challenging and rewarding.

The entire route has spectacular views which will help to combat fatigue. If the weather permits, there will also be stunning views of Portland, Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight.

The course is closer to 27 miles rather than the conventional 26.2, which is why organizers dub it "more than a marathon!" However, the extra mile is the easiest bit of the course! This is a tough marathon as it is run along a number of uneven paths and hard climbs, but the scenery is worth it!


Purbeck Ultra

  • 87.2101346km

Purbeck 5k

  • 5km

Purbeck Marathon

  • 43.45218km

Purbeck 16

  • 26.55411km

Purbeck 10k

  • 10km


After Race Services

Sports Massage will be available after the race; participants should make a donation to benefit from massages.

Award Medals

Finishers receive a medal and a goody bag. Spot prizes will be presented as runners cross the finish line.

Equipment Storage

Baggage can be dropped near to the start in Prince Albert Gardens and will be transported to the finish. There is limited space so only small bags can be accommodated. Bags should be clearly marked with race number and name. Labels will be provided.

Maximum Time

There is a time limit of 7 hours with progressive course closures.


There is no specific parking for marathon participants; however there are several public pay car parks nearby.


There will be at least 10 water stops (2 with squash and jelly babies), however due to access challenges these will not be regularly spaced. The furthest distance between stops will be 4.6 miles so it would be advisable to run with either a refillable bottle or a camelbak type carrier.


Race will be chip timed. There will be mats to register your chips at the start, at Tyneham at Corfe and at the finish.







The entire route has spectacular views.


The Purbeck Marathon starts and finishes in Swanage. From the Downs overlooking the beach, it heads towards Durlston Country Park and the Jurassic coast path before going through the villages of Worth Matravers and Kingston. Then it heads towards Swyre Head, to pass Heavens Gate and along the ridge towards Tyneham Cap. From here it leaves the coast path and runs through the deserted village of Tyneham. It then continues up and up onto and along the ridge of the Purbeck Hills towards Corfe Castle, to pass below the battlements of this 11th century castle and into the village square. The route then returns to the hill Ridgeway and heads towards Swanage to finish back on the seafront.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.