Bournemouth & Poole SixPack Marathon Challenge
How does it work?
We’ve created six beautiful and bespoke routes of varying distances that together make up the full 26.2 miles / 42+ kilometres of the MARATHON distance.
Walk, jog or run. It’s up to you. You choose the pace. You choose when to have a go at each route. You decide in which order you walk or run the routes.
Using state-of-the-art gps mapping technology and turn-by-turn audio navigation science, we’ll keep you on track to achieve your fitness and challenge goals.
Your entry includes access to all six of these rewarding routes and one very special ‘finish line’ reward.
What do I get?
A few notes before you go...
- It is crucial you stick to any social distancing rules and government guidelines that may be in force at the time you undertake any of the routes.
- Where restrictions apply, you must not travel to complete the SixPack routes.
- We recommend undertaking the routes at quieter times of the day / week.
- Please be aware of and be courteous to all other users. You will come across dogs, cyclists and other users. Let’s all share the green space together.
- Some of the routes will, by necessity, include one or more road crossings. It is essential that you BE AWARE for your own safety at all times and be considerate to other people.
- Remember you can walk, jog or run each route as many times as you like and re-upload your results.
How do I upload my time?
1) Go back to the entry page (That's here!)
2) Select the tab above that says 'Enter Result'
3) Pop in your time for whichever route you have completed
4) Add in any photos of your journey or a link to your Garmin - please note that when you view your result again later, the link you used will be in the button 'see submitted route'.
Routes and Distances
King of The Castle 6K
HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE, HIGHCLIFFE
A hidden wonder of the Dorset coastline, Highcliffe Castle is your start and finish line. An adventurous trail of sorts that treats you to some spectacular views across the seafront, so don’t forget to look up! An entire traffic free running trail with a variety of underfoot conditions to keep you on your toes.
Head Over Huts 8K
We think you will fall ‘head over huts’ in love with this route. A coastal scenic route that packs a punch with its 360 vistas as you climb up and around Hengistbury Head. With far reaching views across to the Isle of wight, Christchurch Priory & harbour and the New Forest and from no other vantage point along the coast you will see all 7 miles of the Bournemouth coastline that runs from Hegistbury Head to Sandbanks in Poole.
An undulating route, where we would advise trail shoes. Although there’s a number of tarmac pathways, parts of the route include running on sand and on off-road tracks.
Sea To Summit 10K
BOURNEMOUTH TOWN CENTRE
Take on a tour of the town with this ‘Sea to Summit’ route. Heading out from the beach front the route takes you on a surprisingly scenic journey through the heart of the town centre via Bournemouth Gardens. The ‘summit’ is reached within Talbot Heath nature reserve where you then begin the fun return journey down through the historic gardens before a panoramic victory lap around Bournemouth Pier finishing back in front of the Observation Wheel.
Two types of underfoot conditions on this route, tarmac pathway and off-road trail running. We would advise trail shoes for this route as Talbot Heath can be muddy in sections.
Canford Heath Round 8K
CANFORD HEATH, POOLE
An entirely off-road trail running route that will make you feel, at times, like you are in the middle of no-where. One of the largest heathlands in the UK, this 8km route is set in an area of 850 acre ‘wilderness’. One of the most undulating routes within this SixPack Challenge with mainly gravel & sandy conditions underfoot. Trail shoes are advised.
Park Life 5K
UPTON COUNTRY PARK, POOLE
A delightful off-road 5km trail that lets you soak up all the sights the park has to offer, from sweeping views across Holes Bay to wildlife wetlands and natural woodlands. With a combination of gravel paths and off-road trail and minimal elevation gain you’ll have this route done in no time leaving more time to enjoy tea and homemade cake at the finish!
The trails are mainly gravel paths with a couple of short off-road trail sections, trail shoes are advised.
Heathland Discovery Trail 5K
AVON HEATH COUNTRY PARK, RINGWOOD
Even as one of the shortest routes in the SixPack Challenge we still think this one offers plenty of adventure and trail wonder delights. An undulating off-road route with sand and gravel sections, trail shoes are recommended as some sections can get a little muddy.
Technology and Navigation
|Please use this fantastic app to ensure you can follow the full route directly from your phone. Download the app now and join our Bournemouth & Poole SixPack Challenge to instantly get access to all the routes with full navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/app/rungo-guided-runs-turn-by/id712628644
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.rungo
RunGo is the #1 running app for discovering the best routes in the world with turn-by-turn navigation. Follow a voice guided tour, including the encouraging reminder when you’re halfway there.
RunGo also tracks your runs stats like time, pace, distance, elevation and estimated finish time.
|what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3-word address that will never change.
For example: ‘filled.count.soap’ marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
People use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.
We have used what3words to share with you the exact start locations for each route. Please download the app – it is great for sharing your location when meeting up with people, but also really useful in emergencies and for navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/what3words/id657878530
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.what3words.android&hl=en_GB
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Price per participant
|First 250 entries||£20.00 + fee|
|After 250 entries||£25.00 + fee|