3 Jun

A Star Is Bourne

Bournemouth Pier

Organisers of Bournemouth Marathon Festival are delighted by the response the new event has received with thousands of runners already signed up for the various races on Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October. The festival gives runners the option of two junior races, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon - all overlooking Bournemouth's seven-mile-long golden sand beach.

Much of the course will be laid out along the resort's promenade, with unique "diversions" along the town's two historic piers. The Speed of Light 5K takes place at dusk on Saturday with emphasis on light around the route, providing runners and spectators with an illuminating experience. On the same day runners at the Supersonic 10k will be treated to music from bands along the route, showcasing local musical talent. The two junior races are designed to fire children's enthusiasm for fitness and will guarantee there's something for all the family.

On Sunday the half marathon precedes the main event of the weekend, the combination of challenge and charm that is Bournemouth marathon. Both races start at Kings Park in Bournemouth before heading through the cafe cosmopolitan area of Southbourne and out towards the area of natural beauty Hengistbury Head. Much of the closed road route takes place on the stunning cliff tops and promenades of Bournemouth and Poole with views towards the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck Hills. The final section of the marathon also sees runners visit Poole's famous Sandbanks and the iconic Poole Harbour.

Race director, Neil Kilgour said: "Bournemouth is one of the UK's favourite seaside destinations, and the Bournemouth Marathon Festival is the perfect reason to make a quick return visit. It's a real family occasion, so whether you're a runner or a spectator, now's the time to start planning a great weekend away."

Neil added: "With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole, provide a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate run in a pure and clean natural environment. The spectacular, natural running environment and fresh air of Bournemouth and Poole will be loved by runners."

Standard marathon places close June 30 or earlier pending course capacity. To enter, visit the Bournemouth Marathon Festival website and to stay up to date with all BMF news go to the event's Facebook page.