It is with huge regret that we are having to cancel this year’s Stur Half, which was due to be held on Sunday 8th August 2021
It is with huge regret that we have been informed of a road closure in the first mile of the race. These road works start on 27th July for approx. 40 weeks.
As a result of this we cannot guarantee your safety, so we have no other choice but to cancel this years race. We are very sorry about this and all entrants should have received an email from the Race Director.
We will be back next year on Sunday 7th August 2022, so save this date and come and support us.
With this year being the 30th Anniversary of the Sturminster Newton Half Marathon, we aim to make this years event the biggest and best yet. This year we are using online registrations only, and we will be using chip timing thanks to our friends at Timing Monkey. See the link above to enter the race!
This is going to be an event, not just a race, so come along and help us celebrate, there is going to be something for everyone to enjoy!
A Road Race organised in accordance with UKA rules – Permit No. 2021-41792 / 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.
Due to current Covid rules, and for all our safety this years event will be online entries only, there will be no entries on the day…please see the link above to entry the race.
Race admin… will be in at Sturminster Newton High School (DT10 1DT).
The main race car park… The main car park will be at Sturminster Newton High School (DT10 1DT), marshals will direct you to the car parking. For safety please follow their directions.
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. We will also have an ice cream van and other stalls.
Showers and changing… We have use of SturFit leisure centre for showers and changing. Please note SturFit will shut at 2pm, and last entry will be 1.30pm.
The Presentation… will be held on the school field, near the finish, at approximately 1pm (and we have many great prizes to giveaway!
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 will also be 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 or runners with pushchairs for safety reasons. The Stur Half has 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: