A short update from the Stur Half race team regarding this year’s race
We are currently reviewing the on-going situation with COVID-19 and the potential impact on our race. As the race is not until August, we are not making a decision just yet about cancellation or postponement, but we have paused entries for now.
We will look to update you further towards the end of April.
Best wishes, and stay safe.
Paul Russell, Race Director
This year (2020) is our 30th anniversary and we want this to be our biggest and our best yet… come and be part of the celebrations for this years Stur Half!
A Road Race organised in accordance with UKA rules –Permit No. TBA / Course measurement cert: South 13/129
The race will start at 10.30am from Station Road (DT10 1BB) in Sturminster Newton, North Dorset and the route follows country lanes in and around Sturminster Newton.
How to find the race… Sturminster Newton lies between Blandford, Shaftesbury and Sherborne, just off the A357.
Please note that the Durweston bridge lights are slower than usual getting through, and the bridge coming into Sturminster Newton on the A357 has road works, so please allow extra time getting to the race.
Race numbers… will need to be collected on the day so please allow time to do this.
Race admin and late entries… Both the Half Marathon and the 5K finish and Race Admin will be in at Sturminster Newton High School (DT10 1DT).
The main race car park… is also at the school, with access from Honeymead Lane. When this is full we will direct you to either the Leisure Centre or to other local car parks.
Refreshments…Our refreshments team will help you refuel after the race with tea, coffee and hot food. You will also be able to get a refreshing real ale, cider or a glass of wine from our beer tent.
Showers and changing… will be at SturFit Leisure Centre, please note the centre will close at 1.30pm.
The Presentation… will be held on the school field, near the finish, at approximately 1pm
Our main sponsor… We are delighted that once again the race is sponsored by Honeybuns, who make wonderful gluten free cakes that everyone loves. The race is also supported by many other local businesses.
What is on the course and a few Race Rules…
Please note that we are an EARPHONE FREE RACE – We want you to enjoy the race, so please do not wear your headphones – you will be disqualified if you do!
Water and sponge stations… around the course you should find plenty of water – so if it is a hot day please use them to avoid suffering from dehydration. There are 7 water stations and 3 sponge stations. Please note though that some of these are in rural areas (mile 6, 10 and 11) so at these stations we do not have easy access to refill once all has gone. We try our best but if you take more than one cup then the runners behind may miss out!
Also, don’t forget to make sure you are well hydrated before the start!
The routes… will be marshalled by volunteers from the Blackmore Vale Lions Club, the Doddlers and friends, and residents around the course.
This is a road race… The marshals will warn traffic, but we have no right of way over cars, tractors etc – so please take care and follow instructions from the marshals. Unless otherwise directed, run on the LEFT HAND SIDE of all the main roads.
Time limit… The course is quite narrow in some points so it is not suitable for wheelchair athletes and there is a time limit of 3 hours.
Due to Dorset Road Race Rules dogs are not permitted to run in this race.
Be prepared and check the forecast… the day is normally a very hot one, so consider wearing loose clothing and a hat to keep you cool. Another tip is to keep moving after you finish the race and have a drink and something to eat soon afterwards. That does not mean going straight to the Beer tent!
Don’t forget you must be 17 and over to run the half marathon and over 13 for the 5K.
Click on the links below to see previous years’ results: