Run Jurassic was one of my stand-out events of 2019. The weather was bordering on extreme, with high winds, though it did manage to stay mostly dry! I ran the ultramarathon distance along the stunning Jurassic Coast, starting at Durdle Door and ending up many hours later in Burton Bradstock.
The point-to-point course was one of the most scenic races I’ve done. I know how lucky I am to have this close to where I live in Bournemouth. Saying that, it’s absolutely worth travelling for!
The great news is that the whole event is back for a second year 26th-27th September 2020. I’m already entered into the ultramarathon once again. (Because apparently I just can’t get enough of running across shingle with 20+ miles in my legs! If you know, you know… And if you don’t come and find out!)
What is Run Jurassic?
Run Jurassic is a weekend-long running festival along the stunning Jurassic Coast, perfect for bringing the whole family. The event is organised by the team at White Star Running in collaboration with the Jurassic Coast Trust.
The official Jurassic Coast Running Festival has a few race distances to choose from: ultramarathon (50K+), marathon, half-marathon, 10K and a 3K kids’ race. All of the races take in the hilly but jaw-droppingly beautiful trails along the Jurassic Coast. Race HQ is based at the Freshwater Beach Holiday Park in West Dorset (which also offers camping and caravans for the weekend). Along the way, runners will take in some of the best-known landmarks and locations, such as Durdle Door, Chesil Beach and Golden Cap.
Supporting the Jurassic Coast Trust
White Star Running works with the Jurassic Coast Trust on this event to ensure that it doesn’t impact on the natural landscape. That’s why a percentage of the income from the event goes straight back to the charity to help protect and engage people in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Last year, donations to the Trust exceeded £3,000 and they hope to do even better this year.
Runners can help the Trust by opting to register as official fundraisers for the charity. Between now and the end of the September, there is a fundraising target of £220 each, and you also get a specially designed t-shirt. There are already runners registered to run for the Jurassic Coast Trust, so there is a friendly team waiting to welcome you to any of the distances.
The White Star experience
As with all White Star Running events, expect lots of hills, possibly mud, wind, rain, sunshine… who knows? Last year saw some rather challenging weather, so fingers crossed for much smoother proceedings this year!
Event t-shirts are available to buy and, of course, there is a heavyweight bespoke medal for completing the course – a different dino for every distance. If you’ve never done a White Star Running event before, then you need to know about the Lovestation – a super-bumped-up aid station that offers a full-on buffet of goodies, alcohol, hugs, music and colour. There are also plenty of other aid stations along the way, not to mention the usual friendly marshals to cheer you on.
It’s definitely worth a look if trails, coastlines and bling are your thing! Find out more about the event here: https://runjurassic.co.uk