By Sara Niven.
The organisers of a new charity running event say they hope to make it an annual affair after overwhelming positive feedback and such a demand for places that they had to set up a waiting list for would-be competitors.
The Old Harry Ultra Marathon – which ended up being five years in the planning thanks to Covid-19 – took place last month and raised more than £6,000 for local children’s hospice charity Julia’s House. More than 160 took part in the event, which started at the Sandbanks Peninsula and finished 55km away at Studland’s Shell Bay car park.
Runners were given 11.5 hours to do the course, with the route taking in parts of Wareham Forest, Stoborough, Middlebere and Rempstone Heath.
Organisers Badger Trail Events thanked BCP council, Natural England, Forestry England, the National Trust and Rempstone Estate, among others.