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