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festival of running 2We’re calling all runners – children, young people, and adults too. 

Once more time we want to share with you another outdoor event coming soon to Bournemouth for you to enjoy this lovely city!

The Poole festival of running is a good way to do some sports with your family. Enjoy the good weather of Poole and all the festivities:  Poole 10K Race, Minithons and children’s Fun Run! As well as running event, there is additional entertainment with stalls, refreshments, children’s activities including music throughout the day.

Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. You can enjoy the beaches, the good weather and all things the city offers.

The Festival of running it’s for all runners no matter if you are professional or beginner, old or young. Everyone can participate. Races are organized by age: Fun Run for children’s U8, Minithons for ages 8 to 14, Poole 10K race for 15 and older.

There are lots of prizes on offer, in each of the races, including medals for all Minithon finishers and trophies for the winners: T-shirts, medals, trophies, prizes, certificates.

You can also run for a good cause in participating in the Dorset Cancer Centre 5K, the money raised will used to purchase equipment and improve facilities to enhance patient care and comfort thorough the hospital.

Poole’s Festival of Running is a great family day out so even if you aren’t running you can still enjoy the many attractions, children’s activities and additional entertainment in the Park. Or just come along and cheer on the runners!

Races include:
5km and 10km races for adults and over 15s at 11.30 and 2pm respectively.
A series of races for 8-14’s between 10 and 11.00
An U8 fun run at 11.05am

Poole 10K Race

  • Starts: 2pm In Poole Park (close to the marquee).
  • Entry fee £15 (£13 if UKA registered member)
  • Minimum age: 15 years old
  • Entry limited at 1200
  • Prizes for men, women, various age categories and teams.
  • T-shirts to all finishers

The Dorset Cancer Centre 5K

  • Starts: 11:30am
  •  Entry fee £7 (£5 if UKA registered member)
  • Minimum age: 15 years old
  • Entry limited at 400
  • Prizes for men, women, 1st U21 man and women.
  • Medals  to all finishers


  • Various starts:

10:00am girls               (1 mile)                  8/9 years              

10:15am boys              (1 mile)                  8/9 years

10:30am girls               (1 mile)                  10/11 years

10:45am boys              (1 mile)                  10/11 years

11:00am mixed           (1.5 miles)             12-14 years

  •  Entry fee £6.50 (or £5.50 for ATL&L members). Online via Poole Runners website £5.00 (or £4.00 for ATL&L Card holders).
  • Entry limited at 500
  • Trophies for winning boys and girls in each group.
  • Medals  to all finishers

Children’s U8 Fun Run

  • 0.5 miles
  • Starts: 11:05am
  •  Free to enter – just turn up at the start (near Sevens Boat Shed Restaurant)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Certificate to all finishers

Come and see this beautiful event!

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