The Running Day
The half marathon follows a stunning trail along the ‘beech belt’, a late 18th century tree plantation originally created for horse and carriage drives that wraps around the estate, offering participants a unique opportunity to run through private woodland and soak up some spectacular views of Dorset. The trail arrives into St.Giles park and passes alongside some of the key features of the park’s ‘Pleasure Grounds': the serpentine lake, the grotto, and finally finishing off down the beech avenue in front of St.Giles House to a welcoming crowd of supporters.
The 10km course follows a route out of the park by the cricket pitch and joins up with the half marathon course along the ‘beech belt’ before turning back though the fields past Manor Farm and up on to Harley Down. It’s here runners can take in one of the prime views on the estate. The trail then follows the lanes through the beautiful village of Wimborne St.Giles before entering the park via the main entrance and on to the finish line in front of St.Giles House.
The 5km course, which is new in 2016, sticks within the park boundary and takes runners around the tree line and then back via the beautiful Crab Apple Feld and down the last stretch of the Avenue.
Finally, we have the 1km run, a mad dash straight down the beech avenue – the house looks close but it’s a deceptively long way! We welcome all people and especially children to take on the challenge, whether a serious runner or just a nature lover.
St.Giles Park will be open for family and friends not taking part who wish to come and support and relax.
Running Day Timings
|09.45||Welcome from Lord Shaftesbury|
|10.00||1/2 Marathon Race Start|
|10.30||10 km Race Start|
|10.45||5km Race Start|
|13.15||Prizes for Main Races|
|14.00||1km Race Starts|
|17.00||St.Giles Park Closes|