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Trail running Events

Fun, friendly & inclusive trail running in the beautiful Dorset & Wiltshire countryside

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Sat Jun 15
to Sun Jun 16 2024
Our flagship race weekend with our most popular medal and choice of distances
Fri Jul 19
to Sun Jul 21 2024
Spend a weekend on the cider farm with family-friendly camping and races

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Cider/Piggy Race Instructions 24

With less than 2 weeks to go, here are your all important race instructions. Deadline for deferring or transferring your place has passed, if you’re unable to attend the race now, you

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Gemma Wilton

Managing Director

“Keep Running Rural is a passion project for me, delivering inclusive, fun and challenging races across Dorset and Wiltshire.

We’re all about community. We have runners of all levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned ultra runners, but everyone gets treated with the same friendly and fair manner.

We put our runners at the heart of everything we do, and we hope that always shines through our brand and races.

You’ll always find me on race day at the heart of the action, doing what I love!”

What we are known for...

Stunning Locations


Friendly Marshals


Great Medals


The Lovestation


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Meet the team

Gemma Wilton

Managing Director

Working in event management for over 20 years, Gemma takes care of all the behind-the-scenes to make race days run smoothly. More of a social runner or often found out on the water.

Favourite race?
Spring Larmer 

If you could be any mythical animal, what would it be?

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Mandy Smart

Shop Manager

Nifty Nana Mandy was a late starter to running, until she found the family love of WSR/KKR. Being a bit of an adrenaline junky, she’s done everything from skydiving to wingwalking, plus she has a love of Formula 1 and wine! Mandy can be found in the White Star Clothing shop ready to help runners on race days.

Favourite race?
Cider Races

If you could be any mythical animal, what would it be?

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Julie Bassett

Marketing Manager & Copywriter

A lifelong runner, Julie will give anything a go from parkrun and road races, to ultramarathons and whatever crazy idea the team come up with next! Otherwise, she’s a freelance writer and marketeer, crafting words and organising content around health, wellbeing and running.

Favourite race?

If you could be any mythical animal, what would it be?

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Dani Dixon

Freelance Designer & Illustrator

A keen runner (when not injured, which takes up 80% of the running year) with 20 marathons and an ultra to her name! She loves trail running (softer on the legs!), red wine, books, coffee, dogs and pizza.

Favourite race?
Giants Head Marathon

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