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Dorset Running Events 2018

07 February 2018

Dorset isn’t shy when it comes to fitness and is an increasingly popular destination for sporting events, especially running; no surprise, really, with the glorious coast and countryside scenes to savour, en route. And with many a race held across the county, throughout the year, it’s the perfect way to explore areas of our beautiful county that you may not normally see.

Whether you’re a bimbler, jogger, sprinter, or doing the distance, there’s a running event out there suited to you; take a look at some of these upcoming dates for your diary, that’ll get you out and about discovering Dorset.

Image credit: Pulse Fitness, Weymouth 


8 April — Bournemouth Bay

21 April (Poole) + 8 September (Weymouth) — Diverse Abilities Dorset Neon Run  —

22 April — Jurassic Trail, West

2 June — Poole Festival of Running’s 5K Run for

6 May — Bridport

12 May — Weldmar Colour Run

6 October — Bournemouth Marathon Festival

14 October — Burton Bradstock Marathon



11 March — Wey Bay

8 April — Bournemouth Bay Run // 9.15pm // West of Bournemouth Pier

6 May — Bridport

13 May — Dorchester Lions 10K (also 2K fun run)

20 May — Half Way Hard // Portland //

26 May — Egdon

3 June — Poole Festival of

24 June — Lulworth

15 July — Colmers Hill

22 July — D’Urberville

6 October — Bournemouth Marathon

14 October — Burton Bradstock Marathon


Half Marathon

18 March — Weymouth

8 April — Bournemouth Bay

29 April — The Bad Cow

27 May — Casterbridge

10 June — Puddletown

29 July — The Dorset Invader

12 August — Bridport Jurassic Coast

September — Camelot

7 October — Bournemouth Marathon

14 October — Burton Bradstock

December — The Bovington



7 October — Bournemouth Marathon Festival —

31 March — East Cliff Easter Quarter Marathon —

6 May — North Dorset Village Marathon —

27 May — Dorchester Marathon —

23 June — Giant’s Head Marathon —

28 July — The Dorset Invader —

28 April — The Bad Cow Weekender —

14 October — Burton Bradstock Marathon —

December — The Bovington Marathon —


18 March 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Enter the half marathon as an individual or a two leg relay (6.1 & 6.9 miles). A brilliant pre-London Marathon race, or a great way to check out the sights of Weymouth. Raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare.
08 April 2018
Bournemouth, Dorset
Head to Bournemouth for this popular half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1K family fun run. Enjoy running alongside the English Channel coastline to raise vital funds for the fight against heart disease.
12 May 2018
Weymouth, Dorset
Dorset’s Brightest Colour Run is back for 2018! But with a twist … this year we have added 10 crazy obstacles! Scramble up/over/through 10 inflatable obstacles along the 4km course, as well as getting covered in colour at our Colour Stations. Our obstacles are suitable for the whole family, but little ones may need a helping hand. Included in your registration is a tshirt (for all ...
21 April 2018
Poole, Dorset
Grab your headtorches, tutus and neon bling and light up the night whilst you run, dance or walk around our 5k route in Poole Park, providing lots of neon fun for everyone. On the night you will be provided with glow sticks, bracelets and neon paint to decorate yourself with so you glow while you go! Sign up now and light up the lives of children and adults with disabilities by taking ...

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