A short update from the Stickler race team regarding this year’s race 

We are disappointed to announce that after careful consideration the Stickler 2020 has been cancelled. Under the current circumstances the race committee felt that hosting the event was not feasible. The health and safety of all involved is of paramount importance to us and we felt that, after referring to the latest England Athletics guidelines, it would be very difficult to host the event safely.
We look forward to welcoming you next year. In the meantime stay safe and well.

Justin and John, Race Directors

The Stickler (now in its 26th year) is a 10.1 mile multi terrain running race. It involves over 1500ft of gruelling climbing, beginning with the infamous ’Stickle Path’. Runners ascend three locally renowned peaks along the beautiful Stour Valley: Okeford Beacon, Hod Hill and Hambledon. The course is mostly on gravel tracks with some stretches on tarmac and grass.

Whether you are a returning runner or new to experience this well-loved event, we look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 25th October 2020.

Sponsors: This year the race is proudly sponsored by CC Moore and Honeybuns, and Damory Coaches. CC Moore is a globally acclaimed supplier of premium quality fishing baits specialising in the innovation, development and delivery of highly effective baits for specimen carp angling. Honeybuns bake gorgeous gluten-free cakes – and just like last year will provide a free cake to every finisher!

Race HQ, Registration/Number Collection – Shillingstone Church Centre opens 8:30 – Numbers are collection on the day only. Sorry – no showers. 

Car Parking – Space is finite so please arrive in good time and lift share where possible. It’s more fun and better for the environment!

The Start – 10.30am – Lanchards Lane – there is a 5-10 minute walk from race HQ and parking areas.

Drink Stations – There will be three drink stations positioned at Okeford Hill (1.75 miles), Durweston (5 miles) and between Hod Hill / Hambledon Hill (7.25 miles). Water also available at the finish.

Post-race refreshments – Provided at the church hall.

Mementos – All finishers will receive a 25th Anniversary Technical T Shirt

Race Transfers – We do accept the transfer of numbers between runners up to one week before the event, this can be done at Full on Sports

Dogs – Runners with dogs are welcome … but … due to ARC rules you will have to start 5 minutes after everyone else and you won’t be eligible for the main prizes. You will also need to make sure that you have public liability insurance to cover your dog for potential third party damage claims (it is usually included in most pet insurances and some household insurance). You should have the correct canicross equipment, e.g. your dog should be wearing a harness and be attached to you at all times, to a waist belt of some kind. A hand held lead is not permitted – kit checks will be made on race day. We reserve the right to remove you from the race if your dog looks to be in distress at any time. Please don’t give dogs a bad name – pick up after your dog.

Cut-offs – As much as we want everyone to take part, we have to operate a cut-off policy for the benefit of our many volunteers, some of whom will stand on exposed hillsides for several hours. We ask that you aim to compete the route in 2 1/2 hours or better. We operate a strict cut-off policy of 75 minutes at the half way point, and reserve the right to retire runners who look like they will take substantially longer than 2 1/2 hours.

Prizes  Will be awarded in the following categories: 1st–3rd Open Male 1st–3rd Open Female 1st MV40 1st FV40 1st MV50 1st FV50 1st MV60 1st FV60 1st MV70 1st FV70, First 3 Men’s & Ladies Teams (only one team per Club – first 3 runners to count). 

Please note, you must be at least 17 years old on the day of the race.

If you need any other information please contact the Race Director.

Runners’ World users score this race as 93% in terms
of overall satisfaction and previous year’s runners commented…

“This race is worth doing just for the view on top of okeford hill
looking out over north Dorset”

“Best off-road race in Dorset, hard as nails, well organised excellent value.”

“Brilliantly organised as usual and a lovely course, see you next year.”

“Seemed more entrants this year so perhaps word of mouth is spreading”

“thanks for an awesome race – couldn’t believe I hadn’t been back for 4 yrs!”

“Very enjoyable, tough hilly race with wonderful scenery and plenty of mud as well.”

“Will always want to do this race!”

“Excellent race as ever and one to look out for next year.”

“Great organisation as well with mile markers and plenty of marshals.”

Click on the links below to see previous years’ results:

2019 Stickler results

Stickler results 2018
Stickler results 2017
Stickler results 2016
Stickler results 2015
Stickler results 2014
Stickler results 2013

Profile of the Stickler course