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 have a range of different paced groups to suit all abilities. They offer a variety of runs of different length with some on-road and some off-road, plus one group for specialist training sessions (interval training, hill reps, etc.) The groups meet individually at a variety of locations and times (usually between 6pm and 7pm). The Group Leaders post up their runs on the members area of our website in advance so that you can see what is on offer. 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.

On the first Wednesday of every month we all meet up together at 7pm at the Emmanuel Church, from where we split into our groups. After our runs we meet back at The Globe for drinks and sometimes food.

If it is your first time at the club we can help you decide which is the most suitable group for you to join. If you are unsure which group to run in it is recommended that you start in a group that you could comfortably run in and work your way up.

Saturday Morning

There are occasional Saturday morning runs. They usually start at an earlier time of 8am. Details of the run will be posted on the website by a run leader under the Saturday run group.

Sunday Morning

On Sundays there is normally a group that meet for a longer run, typically off road. It tends to meet a bit later around 8.30/9am. Details will be posted in advance by the Run Leader.

Out and About

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

Racing

We have a friendly club Championship which is based around local races with a mix of distances on both road and trail. Some of our members race in the Dorset Road Race League and the Purbeck Trail Series and we compete in the Wessex Cross Country League. As well as the local events, members often travel to races far and wide.

Social Events

There is a strong social element to all club activities. Aside from the club runs and races, we hold a number of events through the year as well as our Christmas party and awards evening.

Want to know more, see our calendar of events at the bottom of our homepage.

Club Committee

Secretary & Welfare Officer - Abigail Baker

Treasurer - Sheena Keep

Membership Secretary - Jayne Hodson

Social Secretary - Jayne Turnley

Championship Coordinator - Stuart Morris

Other Key Roles

Runs Coordinator - Paula Lawton-Archer

Cross Country Captain - Martin Grimsdale

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.

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