The Poole Festival of Running is Poole’s biggest running event and is organised by Poole Runners. It’s a celebration of running held over two days with races for everyone including Children’s Minithons, a 5K charity run, our flagship Poole 10K road race and the Poole Half Marathon.
The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon take place on flat, fast and scenic parts of Poole including Poole Quay, Upton Country Park and the harbourside parks. The kids minithon races take place within the safety of Poole Park.
With family entertainment, food stalls and live music, there’s a great festival atmosphere!
Please see below the schedule of events throughout the weekend:
Saturday 1st June
2:00 pm – Event site opens & admin marquee opens for number collection.
4:30 pm – 6/7 year old minithon
4:45 pm – 8/9 year old minithon
5:00 pm – 10/11 year old minithon
5:15 pm – 12/14 year old minithon
5:20 pm – under 6 parent & child minithon
6:30 pm – 5K Start
7.00 pm – Admin marquee closes
Sunday 2nd June
7.30 am – Event site opens & admin marquee opens for number collection
9.00 am – Poole Half Marathon & Poole 10k start
9:00 am – Admin marquee closes
12.00 pm – Prizegiving for all Sunday events
Bushy parkrun was the very first parkrun, founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt in October 2004 under its original name Bushy Park Time Trial. The event has become a pilgrimage for parkrunners attracting entrants from across the globe
A fast, flat course that runs anticlockwise from close to the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park. After 250 metres or so on grass, running parallel with the play park, the course moves onto a hoggin path towards the Church Grove gate. There is a left turn to take you around the edge of Hampton Wick Cricket Club. Continue towards the Hampton Wick gate and take a left turn into Cobbler’s Walk (also called Nightingale Lane). After passing The Leg-of-Mutton Pond there is a right turn onto a track towards the Sandy Lane gate. On reaching the gate, there is a left turn to take you along the perimeter (hoggin) path towards the Teddington Gate. A further left turn will take you onto the grass of Chestnut Avenue. There is another left turn back onto Cobbler’s Walk. A marshal will indicate the point at which you will make a right turn onto a track to run towards Heron Pond, over a little bridge, round the South side of the pond on a hoggin path or grass (your choice) – the finish is in sight!
Occasionally, the start will revert to the Diana Fountain end of Chestnut Avenue. This may be as a result of other events in the park or dangerous conditions.
We are delighted to offer 6 race options for 2019
Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k , 5k, Junior 1k, Junior 200m and a Woodland Walk.
The New Forest is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. We are excited about sharing this with you. Extensive planning and testing has gone into the routes to offer a true New Forest experience.
All routes will start and finish from New Park Showground, Brockenhurst and wind through the heart of the New Forest National Park. The multi-terrain courses offer some of the most scenic running experiences in the country, with a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course, the famous New Forest ponies!
News coming soon of an exiting addition to the Half Marathon route for 2019, watch this space