Dorset 100

The Dorset group of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) is delighted to be hosting the annual hundred mile challenge walk over the Bank Holiday weekend of 28th to 30th May 2016. Dorset is the county of Thomas Hardy, of his Egdon Heath, of ancient Iron Age hill-forts, drove roads and ridgeways, of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, thatched cottages and picture-postcard villages. We visit all of these on our walk. We hope that walkers, their families and friends will enjoy all that Dorset has to offer – including our warm hospitality.

Magnificent scenery at the Dorset 100
Event Time:12:00 pm
Event Date:28 May 2016
Event Distance:100 Miles

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!

Runners taking part in a running event

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.

Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;


Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

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.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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The Dorset 100 Course

The route is basically anti-clockwise, starting and finishing at the Wey Valley School in Broadwey, about 2 miles north of Weymouth. The school is close to Upwey station which is served by trains from London and Bristol.

Please see the Rules of the Dorset 100 for more details of the administration of the event, and the Dorset 100 website for details of the route and other information about the event.

The entry procedure is:

The registration period for the Dorset 100 opens on Monday 12th October 2015 and closes on Friday 27th November 2015.

If more than 550 valid entries are received by 27th November 2015 entrants will be selected by means of a ballot with preference given to LDWA members.

If fewer than 550 valid entries are received by 27th November 2015, all valid entries at that date will be accepted (subject to conditions of entry) and the remaining places filled on a first come first served basis irrespective of LDWA membership. The final closing date for entries will be Monday 18th April 2016.

You must have completed a qualifying event before your entry can be accepted.

Before selecting your start time please read the advice on choosing a start time.

You can also enter online here.

Event Location : Weymouth, The Wey Valley School and Sports College, 436 Dorchester Rd, DT3 5AN

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