28th May 2017
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Note to newsrooms:
The Dorchester Marathon will be held on Sunday 28 May 2017. It will start from the centre of Dorchester and the route will mostly take in villages to the east of Dorchester.
Anyone who wants to take part in the Dorchester Marathon can enter on line at www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk . It costs £40 for the marathon and £30 for the half marathon.
The event is being sponsored by Kiteleys Solicitors who are based across the south west and recently opened an office in Dorchester.
Dorchester’s town crier to set marathon running
Runners in Dorchester’s first ever marathon will be sent on their way with bells ringing in their ears, thanks to town crier, Alistair Chisholm.
Mr Chisholm, who has carried out the role as town crier for 20 years, will set the runners off with a ring of his bell and a cry which he has penned especially for the event.
He said: “I’m pleased to be associated with any of the great events going on in our county town, but I’m particularly thrilled to be invited to open our first ever marathon.
“It promises to be a great community event and I’d encourage anyone who lives in Dorchester or the surrounding villages to get out and cheer the runners on. I certainly will be!”
With a month to go till the big day itself, the organisers are also keen that local people are involved.
John Adams, chair of the organising committee, said: “This event is being organised by local people for the benefit of local charities and good causes.
“We’re really hoping that everyone living in and around Dorchester gets behind it and supports it in whatever way they can, whether that is waving a flag as the runners go past, or helping direct traffic on the day.”
The marathon, which was masterminded by Casterbridge Rotary Club, is due to set off from the Cokers Frome Show Ground at 8.30 am on Sunday 28 May with the half marathon setting off at 9.30 am.
Andy Palmer is in charge of White Star Running which is organising the two races. He said: “We’re a running organisation with a heart. As well as organising first class events, we want to do put something back into the community.
“Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will be the main charitable beneficiary this year, but we hope that our runners’ efforts will raise money for lots of other charities and local good causes.”
Thanks go to everyone who has made the events possible, particularly the local land owners, Dorset County Council who have helped with road closures and Kiteleys Solicitors who are the lead sponsor.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the Dorchester Marathon on Sunday 28 May can find out more from the website www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk
Picture: Alistair Chisholm in full cry
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Note to newsrooms:
Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge half marathon take place on Sunday 28th May.
Both events are being organised by members of Casterbridge Rotary and White Star Running. The marathon website is www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk
Could you spare some time to volunteer at the end of May as a marshal during the Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge half marathon?
The organisers, Casterbridge Rotary Club and White Star Running, are looking for people to help at road crossings and are particularly keen to get some local marshals who can re-direct traffic around closed roads.
John Adams, who is chair of the organising committee, said: “We are hoping to get 75 people with local knowledge to act as route marshals. They will help drivers to find alternative routes if a road is closed and they will make sure that the runners get through the road junctions safely.
“The marshals will help us to make sure the whole day is trouble-free and an enjoyable experience for everyone.
“The only thing we ask is that you are over 18 and you are able to get yourself to your marshalling location by 8 am on the day of the race!”
In return, the organisers will provide details of the course and road closures, guidance and maps for maps for motorists in your area, a phone contact for instant help or a radio phone if no signalas well as a high vis jacket while you are on duty.
John added: “We think the marathon and half marathon will be a big success and we’re hoping that people jump at the chance to get involved in this, its very first year. We’re hoping to raise lots of money for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as well as other local charities and good causes in the Dorchester Area.
“It will be great fun for the community to be involved in and everyone who helps will be invited to the post race entertainment.”
“Start and finish times that people are needed will vary according to your position on the course - so please let us know the hours you can offer.
Anyone who can help is welcome to attend an information and signing up session on either:
- Tuesday 4 April 6.30pm at The Colliton Club, Dorchester or
- Wednesday 5 April 7.30 at The Council Chamber at Dorchester Town Hall
The event takes place on Sunday 28 May (the bank holiday weekend) with the marathon setting off at 8.30 am and the half setting off at 9.30 am.
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Dorchester to welcome Marathon record holder
Plans are well underway for Dorchester’s first ever marathon to be held at the end of May and people from across the south west of England and beyond are looking forward to taking part.
One multi marathon runner, Steve Edwards (aged 54) from North Gloucestershire, has a great deal of experience in marathon running and is hoping it will tick off another event towards his goal of 800 marathons in the fastest average finish time. He hopes to establish this new landmark record later in the year. Steve said: “I ran my first ever marathon back in 1981 at the age of 18 and although vowing ‘never again’ I’ve since managed to run 766 official marathon races in an average finish time of 3hrs 17min for each.”
This achievement makes Steve one of the most successful multi marathon runners in the world today.
Dorchester will be Steve’s 782nd marathon and he’s looking forward to running a brand new course.
Steve said: “It sounds like the route takes in some stunning countryside through Dorset villages and I’m looking forward to the challenge of running a course that has not been tackled before.”
Over the years, Steve has set many records including being the youngest person to run both 100 and 200 marathons, running the most official marathons in a single year and, in recent years, setting landmark records for reaching 500, 600 and 700 marathons in the fastest average finish time.
He was the first (and still the only) person in the world to complete 500 and later, 600 marathon finishes in under 3 hours 30 minutes (sub 3:30). If all goes to plan he hopes to run his 700th sub 3:30 some time in early May.
His lifetime ambition is to run a world record 1000 marathons averaging sub 3:20.
The marathon is being organised jointly by Casterbridge Rotary and White Star Running. Andy Palmer, who owns White Star Running, said: “We are very proud to have Steve running in our event. He’s the UK’s finest long distance runner and he’s achieved great things. I’m very glad that Dorchester Marathon will feature in his list of events. “If you want to join Steve, there’s still time to enter through the Dorchester Marathon website!”
When he’s not running and trying to break records, Steve works full time and also raises money for a local home nursing charity in his area called Kate's Home Nursing. He's also published a biography 'The Man Inside The Machine' which is available to purchase either on Amazon or by contacting Steve directly for a signed copy.
Picture: Steve Edwards
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Note to newsrooms: Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge half marathon take place on Sunday 28th May. Both events are being organised by members of Casterbridge Rotary and White Star Running. The marathon website is www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk
With less than six months to go till the first Dorchester Marathon, a group of local runners is asking everyone to give them a wave of encouragement if they see them out training for the event around the county town.
The group, who all work at Magna Housing, came together a few months ago and now run together several times a week.
Becky Alford, who is a UK Athletics coach, works for Magna and has the job of training them for the event. She said: “Most of the team have never done a marathon before, but they are all doing incredibly well.
“We train together during our lunch hour and then at the weekends everyone will do a longer run. They are able to do ten miles now so I am confident they are on track to complete the marathon in May.”
The group is raising money for Weldmar, but they are also raising money individually for charities which are important to them.
Catriona Fountain, head of communication for Magna, has signed up to do the full marathon. She said: “I started running a few years ago with the NHS couch to 5k programme, but until this summer had never run more than 3 miles.
“I’m really pleased to be raising money for Weldmar as they do such great work locally, but I’m also running to raise money for a charity which promotes awareness of oesophageal cancer. This is a cancer which is normally late to be detected and is now the fourth highest cancer killer in the UK with around 4,000 deaths each year.
“I have known two colleagues and a close family member die from the disease and I desperately want to help prevent other families suffering in the same way.”
Emma Ford also started running again through the couch to 5k programme three years ago. She said: “I had run before but was out of practice. I enjoy running because it makes me feel good. Plus I like to eat cake and after a good run, I can eat cake and not feel guilty!
“I’ve chosen British Heart Foundation as my charity because heart disease is common in my family. In August, I lost a close family member, who was only 45, to the disease and my dad is currently waiting for heart surgery.”
Gail Pearson has run a marathon as well as a number of half marathons, but she is still really keen to support her home run and raise money for charity. She said: “I have chosen to run for Macmillan Cancer Support as a close family member was supported by them before they passed away and they were a huge help.”
Catriona added: “We support the communities we are based in as part of our work, but now we are asking the community to support us! A wave, or a ‘hello’ or a toot of your horn will let us know you are supporting our fund raising efforts.”
You can also support the team by donating for their chosen charity, Weldmar, at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MagnaRunners
Pictured: Runners from the Magna Housing team raising money for Weldmar.
Roman invaders came to the Dorset village of Winterborne Whitechurch last weekend.
They were among the 400 runners taking part in the Dorset Invader marathon and half marathon organised by White Star Running.
Mark Smith, from Poole, was the first to finish the marathon in 3 hours and 31 minutes. He said: “I run marathons in the UK and in other countries, but it’s good to run near to home.
“I took part in the Invader last year so I knew that I could rely on White Star to deliver a great event. It was well organised but just unbearably hot. Thankfully there was lots of water available all the way round.”
White Star Running are known for their novel events and this one did not disappoint, with a Roman Bath at the finish line and a bar set up to entertain the runners and their families over the weekend.
Anthony Clark was first in for the half marathon on the Saturday and second for the marathon with a time of 3 hours and 37 minutes. He said: “I’m aiming to get a good time in the Yorkshire marathon in October and this was a big training week for me. I needed to run 90 miles this week so I thought I’d just do both events. I find it’s better when I run with others.
“I’ve got a long relationship with White Star Running. It’s good because I can just come and enjoy running.
“The Roman Bath is really good for sorting my sore legs out and I’m looking forward to a pint in the bar later!”
White Star will be running other events in Dorset over the coming months including Dorchester’s first ever marathon which they are organising with members of Casterbridge Rotary Club.
Andy Palmer, who owns White Star Running, said: “We put our runners first and pride ourselves on the attention to detail that makes for a great event.
We specialise in organising rural races so we’re really looking forward to holding the first ever marathon in Dorchester next May. We’ve already got over 400 people taking part but there are still places left for anyone who wants to sign up.
It’s going to be a great event with a fantastic marathon course followed by great food and cold beer!”
Residents of the village of Sydling St Nicholas were woken up this weekend by the sound of alpine cow bells jangling down the hill.
They were being worn by the 250 participants in Sunday’s Bell Race, organised by White Star Running with the help of village groups, to raise money for repairs to the bells in Sydling church.
Catriona Fountain, from Frampton, took part in the race. She said: “We had to run from the village green to the top of the hill where we had to complete a challenge before we were given our bell. We then had to run back down the hill with our bells all clanging away. The noise was actually deafening!”
The race was part of a weekend of events which helped raise money for good causes in the village including the village hall and the Women’s Institute as well as the church.
Saturday saw 400 runners run 27 miles in the Giant’s Head Marathon as well as nearly 200 in the shorter 7 mile Sydling Hill Run.
Chris Legg, chair of the parish council, was fully involved in the organisation of the event and provided space for camping on his farm. He said: “We’re really pleased to have hosted the Giant’s Head Marathon in Sydling for the fourth year running. It’s a great event which raises a lot of money for groups in the village and it is always really well organised and great fun. White Star Running are a great organisation to work with so we’ve already booked the date for next year’s event!”
Helen Nesbitt from Yeovil said this was her eighteenth marathon. She said: “I ran the Giant’s Head marathon for the first time last year and I’m glad I did it again. It was voted the UK’s best marathon by Runner’s World magazine and with very good reason – White Star Running are fantastically organised and they do the best feed stations and medals.
“The Bell Race on Sunday was a great bit of fun and a chance for a good stretch after the marathon.”
White Star Running organise a number of running events in Dorset and will be holding the first ever Dorchester Marathon next May. Participants in the Giant’s Head marathon are already looking forward to it.
Kay Pulsford and Adrian East from Crewkerne took the opportunity to race dressed as a Friesian cow bride and groom for the Bell Race.
Kay said: “We’ve done loads of White Star Running events and we plan to do more. They are brilliant fun. They have just the right balance of being well organised but also really enjoyable.”
Andy Palmer, who owns White Star Running, said: “We think of ourselves as a running organisation with a heart. We set challenging courses, but we also really look after our runners and they come back to us time after time.
“Of course, we can’t do it without help so a huge thank you to all the volunteers from Sydling and surrounding villages who turned out to help us including folks from the parish council, the village hall committee, the WI and the Sydling Help and Relief Project.”
A group of thirteen people even travelled from Oxfordshire to celebrate a Hen Party over the weekend. Bride to be, Jessica Woolcott, said: “I’m part of the Hook Norton Harriers and I wanted to do something different for my hen do, so I persuaded others in the group to run the marathon with me yesterday.
Jessica didn’t have to organise a thing as the evening’s barn dance and bar were all laid on by the race organisers!
Jessica added: “We ran together and it was really fun. We were even treated to Bucks Fizz at Mile 20. White Star Running are the best!”
Dorchester’s first ever marathon was launched in grand style at the Corn Exchange this week and organisers are now encouraging runners to sign up online later today.
The marathon (and half marathon), which were masterminded by Casterbridge Rotary Club, are set to take place at the end of May next year and it is hoped that around 2000 runners will take part in the event.
Dorchester Mayor, Councillor Robin Potter, attended the launch event. He said, “I’m genuinely excited to have a marathon in Dorchester. I think everyone in the town and villages around can get behind the event and make it a really great event for the town, whether they choose to run or not.
“I have completed the London marathon some years ago, so I might even register to run myself!”
John Adams, chairman of the organising committee, paid thanks at the launch to everyone who has been involved so far, including the main sponsors, Kiteleys Solicitors.
John paid particular thanks to those who have made the route possible. He said: “We’ve worked really closely with Dorset County Council highways department and we couldn’t have got this far without them. They have been really great about helping us find a route that suits them as well as our runners.
“We’re also extremely grateful to two local farmers for letting us run through their land. Getting permission from John Mayo and Tim Cox has made the whole event possible.
We’re just in the final stages of sorting out the route and we can’t wait to unveil it to everyone!”
The marathon and half marathon are being organised by White Star Running and Andy Palmer, its chief bloke, is part of the organising committee.
Andy said: “We’re a running organisation with a heart. We put our runners first and we want this to be Dorset’s premier running event, but we also want to put something back into the community.
“We’ve named Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as our main charitable beneficiary and we will be also supporting loads of other local charities and good causes.” Anyone who wants to take part can enter online at www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk Entries open at 6pm Friday 29 April. It costs £40 for the marathon and £30 for the half marathon.
Hot on the heels of the Virgin Money London Marathon comes news of a brand new running event for Dorset.
The county town of Dorchester will be hosting a marathon in May 2017.
Seasoned race organisation, White Star Running, is organising the marathon. They aim to organise fun, sociable and value for money running events, for runners of all abilities.
Andy Palmer, chief bloke at White Star Running, said: “We know Dorset really well and have already won awards for two of our events in the last year. Last year’s Giant’s Head Marathon won an award for most improved marathon and is listed as the UK’s best marathon by Runner’s World magazine.