Course walk Information



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Full & Half Marathon and 10k Challenge Description

  • Distance: 10k, 13.1 or 26.2 miles.
  • Surface: Multi-terrain
  • Route: ¼,½ or 1 lap
  • Setting: Rural
  • Profile: Hilly
  • Water stations: Occasional
  • Route Markers: Yes
  • Traffic free? No
  • Awards/mementos: Walk Medal (All participants) + refreshements (All participants)+ Goody Bag (Full and Half only) + Hot Lunch for Full distance participants only on completion.
  • Venue facilities: Free changing + toilets + (camping available from £10). Please mention Hangers Heroes Challenge when phoning 01305 782575 to book.

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Organiser’s notes:

Weymouth, Abbotsbury and Dorchester are rich in history, character and charm. The undulating course is almost exclusively off-road and, whilst being challenging and rewarding, allows competitors to also enjoy the fantastic local scenery.

This event now starts and finishes at Bagwell Farm Touring Park. Heading out along The Fleet, the course follows coastal national trails and bridal paths to Abbotsbury, passing the Swannery,   Monastery and St Catharine’s chapel.

The second leg involves a tough climb out toward the mid-point refreshment stop at Hardy’s Monument. This is the highest point on the course and is the half-marathon finishing point. From here there is a steady trek along the ridge-line before dropping down the valley to Upwey Wishing Well.

The final leg involves a short climb back up out of the valley onto the opposite ridge-line and out to Corton Gap before heading back for lunch at the finish in West Fleet Farm, via the outskirts of Buckland Ripers.

10k challenge 

This slightly over 10K route (approx. 6.75 miles) has a bit of everything. From the start you have a small climb out of Bagwell Farm to join a fast tarmac section of approx. ¾ mile downhill before taking a loop through East Fleet farm to including and a few small but steep climbs before turning off the tarmac to join a rocky track down to the coast path.

Keeping the fleet on your left you will now follow the coastal path for approximately 2 miles. At the check point you will be directed up to Langton Herring via a rocky track. Through Langton Herring you will be heading through a local farm before and down through small woodland, heading out of the woodland there is two small  inclines before arriving at the entrance of Bagwell Farm and the finish.

logoThe entire route has spectacular views which, no-doubt, will keep your mind on the scenery and not your weary legs.

The Challenge Marathon has a number of hard climbs covering a total of over 2500ft over undulating ground. Although signposted and marshalled throughout, it will require some degree self-navigation; basic maps will be provided on the day. The use of OS Map # 15, Purbeck and South Dorset, is recommended. A Google Map of the course can be viewed below. There will be a time limit of 10 hours for the walk.