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On Wednesday evenings we meet at Beach Gardens Pavillon at 7pm for  7.05 Announcements followed by a  mass ‘warm-up’ at 7.10pm.

At 6.30 there is an optional FUNdamentals session available free to all members, which is a half hour class working on the fundamental skills required for running. We work on ABCs (Agility, Balance and Co-ordination) and often drills. It’s a great extension to your warm up as well as developing and practicing running  skills and technique.

If you need to use foam rollers before your run, you can also do this during the FUNdamentals session.


 Wednesday night Groups


This is our main club night. We also offer runs most Saturdays and Sundays – for details scroll down below and note they meet at a different venue!

.We have a number of different groups available to suit all abilities.

.You are free to dip in and out of the groups as necessary, for example if you are recovering from a race or perhaps injury you may need to drop down from your usual group for an easier run.

.If it is your first time at the club, and you are unsure which group to run in I would recommend that you start in a group that you could comfortably run in and work your way up.

.If you are in any doubt or need more information then please come and speak to me and I will assist you with finding the right group.

.Please allow plenty of time for this if it’s your first time.

.Paula Lawton-Archer

Club Runs Coordinator & Senior Coach


Below are more details about the available groups:


Beginners Group

This group is put together as and when needed and run by volunteers within the club on a rota basis. The group will have an experienced leader each week – and nobody needs to worry about getting left behind. This is for people who are beginning to run 5k at a gentle pace. The group will gradually increase in distance until you are at a point where you can integrate into the main running groups.

If it is your first time coming to Purbeck Runners and you are new to running, please contact the club ahead of time if at all possible so we can plan for someone to run with you. Ideally, you need to be able to run 5k but If you are not yet at that distance and are keen to come then please check before coming if there is anyone that would be available to run with you.


Social Group – Currently led by Christine when there is a need

This group is ideal for those wanting a ‘no pressure’ run or perhaps returning from injury. Enjoyment is the main focus here. The group runs at a very steady pace depending on the needs of the group on any particular week.


Intermediate 75 (approx 1 hr 15 10K pace)– Currently led by Trudy

This group generally train at between 12 and 13mpm. Regrouping and looping back ensure the group keeps together and allows the stronger runners to push on a little quicker.


Intermediate 65  (approx 65min 10k pace)- Currently led by Sarah or Rab

Training runs at between 10 and 11 mpm. Regrouping and looping back are regularly used and on occasions elements of training are incorporated.


Intermediate 55  (approx 55 min 10k pace) – Currently led by Tish or Abi

Training runs between 9 and 10 mpm. Regrouping/ looping when necessary.


Intermediate 50 (approx 50 min 10k pace) – currently led by either Tracey or Barbara

This group vary their sessions – sometimes road/trail runs, sometimes training session


Intermediate 45 (approx 10k pace ) – Currently led by Hamish

Training between 45 and 50 mpm.This group have a strong training focus which can include hill/speed work.


Advanced Group – Currently led by Ross

Training runs between 6 and 7 mpm and regularly includes a strong training element.


Saturday Morning Group – Meeting at 8am by The Mowlem Theatre on Swanage seafront  - Currently led by Tara.

This is a mixed ability group that usually cover distances of around 5-7 miles. There are always opportunities to peel off and make the route shorter for those wanting/needing a shorter run. New runners that are at 5k distance will be welcome to this session, just be sure to speak to the group leader when you arrive. Quite often this session is followed by coffee/cake at Fortes for anyone that fancies it!

Sunday Morning Group -  meeting at 9am by the Mowlem Theatre on Swanage seafront. There is normally a mixed ability group that meet at this time, but best to check the website to see if a run has been posted! This is generally led by a number of different people, depending who is about  and tends to be between 7 and 12 miles long and tends to be predominantly trails and coastal paths. Often there are opportunities to peel off and make the route shorter. This session is not so suited to beginner runners but is run at a very sociable pace with regrouping and looping back as necessary. Often followed by coffee/cake at Fortes for anyone that fancies it!