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Bournemouth Marathon - October 6th 2013

Please see below for information about the Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2013.

Bournemouth Marathon Festival promises ‘running as it should be’ as routes are announced

The final routes for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, being held over the weekend of October 5/6, are unveiled today (February 11). The six different routes offer athletes of all age and abilities a unique and spectacularly scenic running experience that combines challenge with charm.

Detailed maps are now available at, but here’s a whistlestop tour of the 26.2-mile marathon circuit.

The course starts in a tree-lined avenue in Bournemouth’s Kings Park – one of the town’s many wide-open green spaces – before heading down through Southbourne, fast becoming known for its cosmopolitan café culture, and certain to draw the crowds.

Runners continue to head eastwards, descending towards the historic Hengistbury Head promontory, the site of a Stone Age settlement and now a designated area of natural beauty. The route then doubles back along Southbourne’s clifftop, affording superb views of the Isle of Wight.

Another about turn takes the route down to the beachfront promenade for a flat and fast section past the award-winning Boscombe Pier before a short sharp climb through the pretty wooded Boscombe Chine Gardens and on to Bournemouth’s East Overcliff with its views across Poole Bay to the distant Purbeck Hills.

Runners then descend to the beach’s edge for a sea-level stretch to – and up and back along – Boscombe Pier itself. This unique experience is repeated at Bournemouth Pier, just ahead of the 18-mile marker and a taxing ascent of the Bournemouth Marathon’s “Heartbreak Hill” into West Cliff.

Following the winding West Overcliff Drive and crossing the wooded Middle Chine via a suspension bridge, the runners descend to the promenade once more and head westwards past the renowned Sandbanks Peninsula to Poole Harbour – after Sydney, the second largest natural harbour in the world.

For the final few miles, the route heads back along the promenade to Bournemouth Pier for the final dash into the award-winning Lower Gardens – and the finishing line!

“The spectacular, natural running environment and fresh air of Bournemouth and Poole will be loved by runners who want ‘running as it should be’,” says race director Neil Kilgour. “The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is a unique and exciting addition to the UK running calendar.”

Jon Weaver, Marketing & Events Manager from Bournemouth Tourism said: “We can’t wait to host the 2013 Marathon Festival and welcome the thousands of runners expected over the weekend. Our established record of great award-winning family festivals and the stunning location is sure to excite everyone - runners, supporters, families, friends and the local community.”


Cllr Judy Butt, Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation with direct responsibility for Sports and Leisure said: “We are delighted to be hosting world class runners in our vibrant scenic town and showing off Poole’s outstanding natural beauty. I am certain that our residents and community groups will take this opportunity to be part of this exciting new event and come out over the weekend to show their support for all those taking part.”


The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is also a chance to make a difference to other people’s lives by raising money for charity. Macmillan Cancer Support is the Bournemouth Marathon Festival official charity but there are hundreds of affiliated charities to choose to run for.

Entries are open for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on October 5 and 6, 2013. Just go to the website and like the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Facebook page.


The Bournemouth marathon starts at 10am on Sunday October 6, 2013 from Kings Park. The route includes running on both piers as well as the promenade and the fantastic coastal arena of Poole and Bournemouth. The Bournemouth half marathon will start at 8am.

The 5K Speed of Light race, Supersonic 10K and two junior races for juniors will be on Saturday October 5, 2013 and start from 2pm.

Bournemouth Marathon Festival routes can be viewed at:

Full Marathon -
Half Marathon -
Supersonic 10k -
Speed of Light 5k -
3k & 1.5k junior races -

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is brought to you by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which is in its 11th year. The Edinburgh Marathon recently joined the world’s elite road races by becoming the first in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. Last year alone, more than £4.6 million was raised for charity. More than 30,000 runners will be welcomed to the Scottish capital on May 25 and May 26, 2013 to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival races.

■ For further details, visit or contact Bob Papworth at Coast Media on 01202 416665. Bournemouth Marathon Festival Marketing Manager Kirstie Armsworth can be contacted on 07710 703 372, or via email at