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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 twice a week; Wednesday evening 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 together at 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start. The meeting location can vary during the year, but details are posted in advance each week on the members page of this website. Group Leaders post specific details of their runs so that you can see what is on offer. Afterwards members often meet up at a local venue to socialise.

On the first Wednesday of every month the individual groups go ‘out and about’ and meet at different locations and times.  Details of these group runs, times and locations are posted in advance in the members area.

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 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.

Sunday Morning

On Sundays there is normally a group that meet in the morning for a longer run, typically off road. Details will be posted in advance by the Run Leader.

Out and About

In addition to the first Wednesday evening of the month, we occasionally have an ‘out and about’ event where we all meet together 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.

Durlston Parkrun

Purbeck Runners were a key partner in starting Durlston Country Park parkrun providing a significant proportion of the funding.
Club members played a major role in setting it up and make up a significant proportion of the organising team.

The parkrun is one of the most scenic in the country.

Many Purbeck Runners run and/or volunteer every Saturday at 9 a.m. so it is a good place to find out more about the club & experience
the very friendly community vibe.

We meet for coffee at the lovely Seventhwave afterwards & there are always members there who will be delighted to answer any questions
you may have.

Club Committee

Chair – Nigel Haywood

Secretary – Stuart Morris

Treasurer – Sheena Keep

Membership Secretary – Jayne Hodson

Social Secretary – Jayne Turnley (supported by Stella Grimsdale)

Welfare Officer – Abigail Baker

Championship Coordinator – Stuart Morris

Men’s Captain – Hamish Murray and Martin Grimsdale

Women’s Captain – Abigail Baker (Co-Captain Beccy Spicer)

Cross Country Captain – Martin Grimsdale and Hamish Murray

Other Key Roles

Runs Coordinator – Paula Lawton-Archer

Women’s Co-Captain – Beccy Spicer

Website Coordinator – Guy Hammersley

 

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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