The Purbeck Nordic Walking Marathon
The Purbeck Nordic Walking Marathon takes place during the Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival
Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast has spectacular history, landscapes and views that make it the perfect place to hold this festival. The course with around 3000 feet of climbs provides a predominately off-road route that is both challenging and rewarding. Please note that this is More than just a Marathon in more ways than one! The course is closer to 27 miles rather than the conventional 26.2. Don’t worry, the extra mile is the easiest bit of the course!
Each entrant will receive a Medal, Goody Bag and Event T-Shirt on completion of the event (see event prizes for details).
You must register and collect your number beforehand – please see the following for more information
Pre Challenge Information
What you need to know before the challenge!
Challenge Day Information
What you need to know on challenge day!
What you need to know for the challenge itself!
The Purbeck Nordic Walking 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 entire route has spectacular views which will help to combat fatigue. Weather permitting there will also be stunning views of Portland, Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight. The Purbeck Nordic Walking Marathon has a number of hard climbs and uneven paths and will have checkpoints and water stations. This is a tough challenge, but where else can you do your post race icing by going for a swim in the sea! There is a time limit of 11 hours with progressive course closures so please bear this in mind and the course profile when applying. The Purbeck Nordic Walking Marathon is the main event of The Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival, a local community event, put on by volunteers and Nordic Walking UK, with the proceeds being distributed to charity. The Purbeck Nordic Walking Marathon has a maximum field of 250 entrants so make sure you get you entry in early.
Download the Marathon Notes (PDF file)
Download the Marathon Route (.zip GPX file)
The Purbeck Nordic Marathon Route
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