Dorchester Dash 10k

Starting and finishing at Dorchester Sports Centre and heading out into beautiful local scenery including Maiden Castle. This is a one lap route which starts from Dorchester Sports Centre onto quiet urban roads before heading up to and around Maiden Castle. The course profile has an undulating gradient with a couple of challenging hills. Scenic views of the countryside add to the attraction of this event.

To download the route map click here

Runners of all abilities are welcome at the event.

Kindly sponsored by: UmbongoChelston Direct and The Self Storage Company

Event Info

  • Venue - Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HR
  • Registration - 8.15am (race numbers and timing chips to be collected on race day)
  • Entry fee - Affiliated & 1610 members = £14 / Unaffiliated = £16 (£2 extra on the day - only available if race limit has not been reached)
  • Start time - 10.00am
  • Minimum age of 15 (16 on or before 31/12/19)
  • Finishers medals and age group prizes
  • Cancellation Policy

Junior 1k Fun Run

Registration for the Junior 1k Fun Run opens at 8.30am in the main foyer of the sports centre and costs £2.50 per person which includes a medal. The 1k fun run will start at 10.15am at the main start line. Its open to children of all ages and will all be off road, however we ask that very young runners are accompanied by an adult.


Silver Fox Trot 2k - New for 2019!  

A ‘bitesize’ version of the main course aimed at the more mature participant who would like to get involved but with a slower pace and shorter distance! Walk, jog, or run—this one’s all about FUN, with a medal for everyone. Price £2.50 per entry. Enter online or on the day

Part of the 1610 Race Series - get the 10k Medal Collection

The Dorchester Dash 10k is part of the 1610 Race Series, consisting of four 10k races and our family 5k & 2k fun run - which are all located in Somerset and Dorset. Complete all four of our 10k runs (Bridgwater, Chard, Dorchester, Shepton) to bag yourself our new 1610 medal collection. 

By taking part in the 1610 Race Series you are fundraising for your local 1610 leisure centre, providing sports and leisure facilities for the whole community.

Sponsoring the Dorchester Dash 10k

We are keen to work with brands and companies who are looking to engage and support our 1610 Race Series runners, their supporters and the wider South West community. 

Participants running the Dorchester Dash 10k
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:13 October 2019
Event Distance:10 KM
Event Location: Dorchester, Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, DT1 2HR

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

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Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.

How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.

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Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

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