Welcome to the Purbeck Runners Official website! Founded in November 2008, we are based on the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and many of our runs take in The World Heritage Coastline.

We are a very friendly club who enjoy socialising together and we are always happy to welcome new members & visitors to the area! You a very welcome to try out the Club before joining. Please see our How To Join page for joining instructions.

Membership is open to all, whether you live here, work here or just love visiting the Isle of Purbeck.

Running can mean many different things to many different people. Some people like to run to maintain  a level of fitness, some to improve their fitness. Some are trying to achieve a goal - be it a certain distance or a particular time. For others, it's a way to unwind, de-stress or have a bit of 'me' time. At Purbeck Runners, you'll find the opportunity to do any or all of those things. We have members from all different walks of life, all coming together with a common interest. As a club, we recognise the importance to offer opportunity for both athletic development and fun! Our whole reason for being is to encourage and promote an enjoyment of running.

We welcome runners of all abilities from 5k distance  to marathon runners. We also have a  few triathlete members who hone their running skills with us. If you are interested in starting running for the first time- please contact us so we can discuss how we can help with that.

We meet for runs three times a week; Wednesday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning.

Club History

The idea of forming a club was first mooted when Zodwa & Ross met with John & Christine at the Samaritans race in Weymouth in early September 2008, and it has grown steadily since then. They had seen so many people running on the seafront, and up and down the hills mostly as individuals and at all times of the day. They realised there was an unmet need for a running group or club within the Isle of Purbeck.

With this in mind they contacted Roger and met two weeks later. Then on one wet Saturday Zodwa & Ross leafleted 50 sites on The Isle of Purbeck, placed posters and contacted the Echo and the Advertiser.

The response was better than could ever have been hoped for. An Open Meeting in November 2008 was well attended. The following Sunday Purbeck Runners Inaugural Run took place with 50 runners taking part.

Wednesday evening
On a Wednesday evening, we meet at Beach Gardens and we usually have  four or five different paced groups, offering a variety of runs - some on-road and some off-road. Group leaders post up their runs for our main Wednesday evening meet - so have a look and see what you fancy! Following our Wednesday evening sessions some of our members like to 'cool down' with a  drink at a nearby pub. For more info and times of the Wednesday session please see our section entitled 'Wednesday night runs'

Saturday Morning
There is usually a group of People running on a Saturday at 8am. Please note this session meets at The Mowlem, Shore Road, Swanage. A mixed ability group currently organised by Tara.

Sunday Morning
On Sundays at 9am, there is normally a group that meet for a trail run. Please note this session meets at The Mowlem, Shore Road, Swanage. This session is usually an opportunity to run a bit further - but cut off points are always on offer should you wish to have a shorter run.  A mixed ability group, run at a sociable pace with regrouping as necessary.

We occasionally have an ‘out and about’ event where we meet at different places around the glorious Isle of Purbeck.

We have a friendly club Championship which is based around local races, some of our members race in the Dorset Road Race League and on top of that we often have special events and social events!

Want to know more … see our meet timetable at the bottom of our homepage, for how things run :).

Club Committee

Club Chair, Seniors Coach & Runs Co-Ordinator – Paula Lawton-Archer

Secretary – Abigail Baker

Treasurer – Ann Reed

Membership Secretary/Purbeck 10K Race Director – Matt Coggins

Social Secretary – Tish Alberry

DRRL and Club championship organiser – Mike Barron

Other non-committee but important roles – Minute taker – Trudy Allen

Club History

The idea of forming a club was first mooted when Zodwa & Ross met with John & Christine at the Samaritans race in Weymouth in early September 2008, and it has grown steadily since then. They had seen so many people running on the seafront, and up and down the hills mostly as individuals and at all times of the day. They realised there was an unmet need for a running group or club within the Isle of Purbeck.

With this in mind they contacted Roger and met two weeks later. Then on one wet Saturday Zodwa & Ross leafleted 50 sites on The Isle of Purbeck, placed posters and contacted the Echo and the Advertiser.

The response was better than could ever have been hoped for. An Open Meeting in November 2008 was well attended. The following Sunday Purbeck Runners Inaugural Run took place with 50 runners taking part.