Returning in 2020!
Evening & Sunset Races
5k, 6k and 12k
Join us in Abbotsbury for an adventure set on the beautiful Dorset Coast. Our first race of the night we take place in the daylight before sunset and will be the flatter of the races. While the latter races will take in the sunset and visit St Catherines chapel, and the hill it sits on.
The race courses will take in St Catherines chapel, the Swannery, the Chesil Beach and starts and finishes in the stunning Subtropical Gardens. Which also acts as our race HQ.
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More about Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury is a village located a stones throw from the chesil beach in Dorset. The Chesil beach is a large pebble beach which stretches for many miles from West Bay to Portland. The Subtropical Gardens and Swannery sit just outside Abbotsbury and are part of the Ilchester estate on which our races will take place.
The race starts at the Subtropical Gardens whose facilities also forms our race HQ with it’s restaurant, car park and pavilion. The Gardens started life as a Kitchen Garden for a now demolished stately home known as Abbotsbury Garden. Growing from a small sheltered garden into a collection of plants from all around the world and now a major tourist attraction on the south coast full of plants and intriguing follies and sculptures around every corner. For more information visit here.
From the HQ we run towards the beach. The 5k goes straight through while the 6 and 12k races heads there via the site Abbotsbury castle, a former stately home that was demolished. We have about 800m on the beach before heading inland and up to St Catherine’s Chapel (the 5k course diverges from the other race at this point). The chapel is on a hilltop overlooking the Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland, the 14th century chapel was built by the monks of the nearby Abbotsbury Abbey as a place of pilgrimage and retreat. Now it offers splendid views of the coast and the start of the Fleet – the inland lagoon behind parts of the Chesil Beach and the mainland beyond.
After descending from the Chapel we run along scenic lanes and tracks before we head towards the Swannery. Unfortunately we probably won’t see the swans as we do run through here without disturbing the lake areas. From the grounds of the swannery we head into fields under St Catherines Chapel before heading back towards the tropical gardens via the woods behind it.
The 5k course uses extra lanes to avoid having to climb the hill to the chapel.
Dates and Times TBC
Sunset is at 8pm so head torches will be needed for the 12 and 6k’s
Race HQ is Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Buller’s way, Abbotsbury,
near Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA
near Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA
The race starts and finishes in the Subtropical gardens which makes it a great place to spectate. The 6k and 12k take in the Chapel. Most to of the course is on gravel trails but some parts maybe muddy.
There will be refreshments at the end for all races. This will also serve as the half way aid station for the 12k. Other aid stations may be present. Aid stations include water, sweets, fruit and savoury bits to.
The course will be well marked with plenty of signs with reflective elements, as well as marking the turning we also have signs to warn a turn is coming up and to block off wrong directions. As well plentiful signs we have a breadcrumb style trail which lets you know you’re on the course.
Terrain & Course
The 5 and 6k races are single laps. The 12km race is 2 laps.
The course takes in a wide variety of surfaces. Stone, pebbles, tarmac, concrete, grass, gravel and mud all feature. Most areas of the course are wide except in the Gardens so we exit the Gardens out of one of the gates straight after the start of the race.
The OS Route planner puts the ascent for the 5k at 90m while the 6k lap is 140m of climb so 280 for the 12km race.
Spectators and Runners will have some access to the Gardens in Abbotsbury including the colonial restaurant. This would be a beautiful spot to watch the start and finish of the 5 and 6k races while also seeing the 12k at the half way point.
The 6 and 12k races do have a cross over point on the course where runners could be spotted twice per lap. This is on the south west coast path between Stavordale Wood and Chapel Hill.
The 5k will start and finish in the daylight, and you do not need to wear a head torch unless you really really want to.
You will need to wear a head torch or equivalent for the 6 and 12k as these races start just before sunset. Please carry spare batteries or a backup torch, a limited number of which will be available to hire or buy on the night. We recommend emailing to book.
All finishers will receive a finishers medal for the races.
Age limits 12 and above for the 5k, 15 and above for 6 km, 16 and above for 12k.
Time Limit 1hr 10 mins for the 5k, 1hr 50 mins for the 12k and 1hr 40 for the 6k
Race Limit 450 (combined total across all three races)
5 & 6k is £17 affiliated or £19 unaffiliated
12k is £19 affiliated or £21 unaffiliated
Canicross – unsure, please check back or watch the facebook page
Medals for all finishers and race crew and marshals with different ribbons for each race race and marshals.
If you fancy marshaling we’d love to hear from you. Marshals also get a discount off a future race or a donation to a charity or organisation such as Guides or Scouts. Entry discounts are transferable. Contact us for more information.
Best dressed runner
1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Ladies and then 1st in age cats for men and women, 40+, 50+ and 60+
Team prizes for the speediest teams/clubs on the course. With four runners to count (including at least one women).
Parking is available at the Subtropical Gardens.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens has a restaurant, toilets but no showers or changing facilities.
We hope you can join us
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