Our summer flagship event! This one is really popular, having won several awards for Britain’s Best Marathon over the years. It’s easy to see why runners love the feel of this event. Taking over the village of Sydling St Nicholas, the villagers welcome runners, making you part of the community for the weekend.
This event weekend provides something for all the family, with two tough races on Saturday, a barn dance in the village hall for those who can still walk on Saturday evening, and then a fun Bell Race and Half Marathon on Sunday. The Bell Race challenges anyone to take on the run to reach the top of the hill and do a task set by team at the top. Then, run down the hill with your medal clonking away like a proper Alpine Cow.
All race routes are very, very challenging and hilly, running through the Sydling and Cerne valleys. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted; it’s a tough race, with some steep climbs, sharp descents and the most amazing views to reward yourself with. If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s a race review to help you get a feel for the race.
The village will once again be providing food for you on Friday and Saturday evening, and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes down at the Village Hall. Information for this will be released in 2024 to book via this site.
Bell Race will open in April for pre-entry.
Prizes are awarded on the line for the first three male and female runners, with all finishers receiving their medal and race goodies (unless opted out).
You will be able to opt out of receiving your goodies when you enter if you prefer, and this cost will instead be donated to the Wilder Dorset Appeal. See more on the project details here. If you wish to receive your goodies but still make an optional personal contribution to the project, you can do so here.
Camping can be booked in our exclusive ‘athletes’ village’ on this page for the whole weekend.
To keep up to date on all the information on the event, make sure you’ve followed the Facebook Event.