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Run Jurassic 2022

Run Jurassic is coming back this September! We can’t wait to get back on the stunning coastline, in partnership with the Jurassic Coast Trust, on 24th-25th September.

This event weekend is very popular, and we have very limited spaces available. If the race you want to do is sold out, then pop your name on the waiting list, as there could be some movement on this nearer to the time. You can also run as a fundraiser for the Jurassic Coast Trust. You pay just a £20 deposit and pledge to raise £220; once achieved, you will be refunded your £20 deposit. You also get a supporter pack, which includes a technical event t-shirt. Find out more: https://jurassiccoast.org/support/run-jurassic-2022/

If you have a place and you can no longer make the event, the transfer deadline is strictly 5pm Sunday 4th September 2022. We will be posting out numbers to everyone who has entered up to that point after this time.

As you might be aware, this race has had some pretty bad luck over the years. The very first year in 2019, we had an incredible day with the Ultramarathon and Marathon, even with some challenging weather conditions. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated quite badly overnight (we’re sure all the campers remember it fondly!) and we couldn’t hold the Half Marathon or 10K events – it definitely wouldn’t have been safe. Then, of course, Covid hit, which meant that we had to cancel both the 2020 and 2021 events. Therefore, in 2022, we can finally hold a full race weekend on the Jurassic Coast (as long as Mother Nature, global pandemics or any other catastrophe don’t have other ideas).

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes with this event to get it up and running (pun intended), so it’s really important that you read this next bit if you are entered or planning to enter.

Really important event information for Run Jurassic runners!

We know we are well known for hosting races for all abilities; we love inclusivity, and we try and put on fun, sometimes slightly silly, races. However, at the absolute core of everything we do is safety. We can’t tell you how much time and effort goes in to making our races safe for you all.

Run Jurassic is a lot more serious than some of our other events. It has to be. The coast path is challenging. Really, really challenging in places. Conditions can change rapidly (as we found out in 2019), and it’s much harder to get medical aid to you as quickly as we can at other events. We do have very comprehensive medical support, as always, but the natural logistics of the region mean it’s more complex to get to you. There are cut-off points along the route to ensure that you are going to safely finish the course in time – we have to be strict with cut-offs for your safety.

Therefore, there is a certain amount of responsibility put on you, the runners, to make sure you are fully prepared for these races. We mean actual, real training. Preferably with hills. You need to make sure you have a pack on you with everything you might need – first aid kit, water, fuel, the right clothing for the conditions, good trail shoes… You can find out more about what we recommend you carry here: https://runjurassic.co.uk/runners-information/

You also need to be aware that an element of SELF-NAVIGATION will be required this year. We can’t highlight that enough. You will have to SELF-NAVIGATE parts of the course. There will only be signage at critical junctions, and the rest of the time, you will need to be aware of where you are going. Don’t rely on following people, as the field can get quite spread out on these races, especially the longer ones. A lot of the route follows the South West Coast Path, which is well signed.

It will be imperative that you READ THE RACE INSTRUCTIONS when they come out nearer the time. We know some of you don’t – yes, they’re long, we get it, but they are vital. Look at the routes in advance; study the maps, download the GPX files if you have a device that you can upload to, and print out a map to carry with you. You can see the routes here, but they will be updated for 2022 nearer the time, once we’ve completed our recces.

There will be regular aid stations, which will ensure you’re on course and give you a chance to take on aid, stock up your pack, get any help/first aid you need, and keep going. If you need to pull out of the race, please try and do so at an aid station where it’s easier to transport you back to the event village.

We’re not trying to scare you or put you off. These races are stunning and an incredible experience. We just want to ensure you know what to expect and that you take a little more time than usual to prepare for these events.

The base for all the races is Freshwater Beach Holiday Park near Bridport, where you can book accommodation if you need it. The Half Marathon and 10K races (as well as the Kids’ race) start and finish from here.

For the Ultramarathon and Marathon, bear in mind that these are point-to-point races. You will start from Lulworth or Osmington Mills and run to Freshwater. We put on coaches from Freshwater to the start points, but you must only take with you what you are running with. Do not take extra bags on the coach; they won’t make it back to the finish line! You need to tell us you want a coach space; your seat is allocated based on the answer you give on your entry. You can manage your entry and answer through your Clubtrac account.

Everything you need to know about Run Jurassic is on the dedicated website too, which we will update with information as the race approaches: https://runjurassic.co.uk/. Please also join the Facebook event if you’re on there, as we post info in there as well.

Now the serious bit is done, we just want to say how happy we are to be going back to the coastline that we love and hold these incredible races!

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