Course Information



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Full , Half Marathon and 10k Route Description

  • Distance: 10k, 13.1 & 26.2
  • Surface: Multi-terrain
  • Route: Full marathon 1 lap, Half marathon linear (with free transport back). 1ok 1 lap
  • Setting: Rural
  • Profile: Hilly
  • Water stations: Set at regular distances
  • Route Markers: Yes
  • Traffic free? No
  • Awards: Medals and goody bags

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Organiser’s notes:

Full and half marathon  NOTE NEW HALF MARATHON ROUTE FOR 2021.

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 (Half way point for the half marathon). Half marathon returns back along the fleet with fantastic views towards Portland.

The second leg involves a tough climb out toward the mid-point refreshment stop just after Hardy’s Monument at Smitten Corner. This is the highest point on the course. 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 towards Corton Gap before heading back for lunch at the finish in Bagwell Farm Touring Park, via the outskirts of Buckland Ripers.

The 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.  For safety reasons there will be a time limit of 8 hours for runners and 9 hours for walkers.

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.