Runners from all over the country will be heading for Dorchester at the end of May for the town’s second marathon.
The organisers are hoping that everyone in the county town and surrounding villages will give it as much support as they did for last year’s highly successful event.
The event is being staged by local groups raising money for worthy causes, including Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, which has once again been named as the main charity.
Last year’s race raised £3,000 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, with a further £10,000 being distributed to 26 other local causes.
The vision for the event, which also includes a half-marathon, originally came from the Casterbridge (Dorchester) Rotary club, and they set about bringing it all together with a team of experts.
John Adams chairs the committee, said: “Everyone knows West Dorset has the most glorious countryside and the route takes the runners through some stunning villages.
“We’re also laying on entertainment and a tented village, so runners can bring their families along and enjoy a whole weekend of fun and relaxation after the marathon.”
The committee also wants to make sure that local people can get involved if they want to. John added: “The roads on the route will be closed for a short time while the runners go through, but we are using local people as marshals so that they direct people to use alternative routes. Let us know if you’d like to be a marshal on the day.”
The marathons are being organised by White Star Running. Company owner Andy Palmer said: “We’re a running organisation with a heart. We put our runners first and we want this to be Dorset’s premier running event, but we also want to put something back into the community.
“We keep our events away from big towns so that we can keep running rural. We have such a beautiful county and we want to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy it.”
The Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge Half-Marathon will be held on Sunday 27 May. It will start from the centre of Dorchester and the route will mostly take in villages to the south and east of Dorchester. The marathon starts at 8.30am and the half-marathon at 9.30am. For more information or to enter, visit dorchestermarathon.co.uk.