Run Leaders for the Maverick Run Project are the people who make our social runs possible. They know their local area better than we do so they go out and find routes that they think you'll enjoy. Below is the information about the Run Leader for this particular social run.
It's safe to say trail running came to me pretty much by accident. After years of playing the usual team sports and plenty of gym, I eventually got well and truly hooked onto anything mountains. While living 'up North' I spent most weekends in North Wales, The Peaks or The Lakes and in 2008 my new passion took me to the French Alps and some of the best trails on the planet. It also landed me in the centre of Chamonix during the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) watching a young newcomer called Kilian Jornet winning aged 20. My mind was blown, not only because I saw incredible athletes in the flesh but also because this was running, but it was actually cool!
The atmosphere and whole event were electric and now years later I'm finding, through Maverick Race, that here in the UK we have our own growing trail community full of wonderful people and a sport that has been amazing for me and it will be for you.
My working life has been quite varied with a big chunk belonging to the fire service linking into health projects, community, charity, partnerships and more. I now currently work for an ethical cosmetics company in Dorset which is handy as it means I live near the seaside.
Going back almost a decade now I decided to qualify as a personal trainer as I really enjoy supporting people to find their own healthy lifestyle and what's better than seeing others happier and fulfilled? It's always felt like making friends rather than another career.
If you're like me then you're ready for an adventure, so let's go exploring with the MRP and see what awaits us.
Houns Tout Car Park, West Street, Kingston, BH20 5LL (free parking)
(past the Scott Arms, past St Anne's Church on your left, the entrance to the car park is just after the church on the left).
Houns Tout to Worth Matravers village, coastal path, and back.
Distance: 6.55 miles/10.541 km
Ascent: 1044 ft/ 318m
A great all round route of easy miles on the flat, some ups and downs and varied terrain of coastal path, road, trail and field.
Starting at Houns Tout car park we set off for some warm up km's through Kingston Village and onto a country road before taking off up and over a farmers field trail until we reach Hillbottom. From Hillbottom we take the sometimes slightly rocky, slippy trail, up to and through Worth Matravers (little bit of road in the village!). We'll take a popular crop field route from Worth Matravers secret car park until we reach the SW coast path and a majestic view of Chapmans Pool and beyond. From the high of the path we blast down to the familiar Hillbottom, sticking with coastal views before arriving at an amazing stair climb that treats us to the ultimate coastal view....it's literally breathtaking. The home stretch is flat, soft trails, before finishing through the woods and back to the start point.
Houns Tout to Swyre Head, coastal path and back.
Distance: 5.3 miles/8.53 km
Ascent: 924 ft/281.6 m
A shorter route of country road, farm tracks, gradual and steep ascent and descent, coastal path and flat easy trails and woods.
Setting off from Houns Tout car park we head straight on to country road taking in the distant view of Corfe Castle, Purbeck hills and crop fields before taking a gate at 'sheep's pen' up the gradual climb to Swyre Head, boasting open space, sea views and beautiful flora and fauna. From here we're not messing and we head down a steep trail that leads us through fields and farm tracks until we reach the sea. The mid part of the route in breathtaking coastal path with two challenging climbs that are often used by trail runners and trail events. Once past the climbs we'll be back on the home stretch of flat trails and a finish through the local woods.
Worth Matravers car park, Worth Matravers, BH19 3LE (parking is £2 honesty box, WC on site)
The car park is a right turn off Kingston Lane as you approach Worth Matravers.
Worth Matravers to Winspit Caves, St Aldhelms Head, Chapmans Pool and back.
Distance: 6.63 miles/ 10.67 km
Ascent: 1342 ft/ 409 m
A circular route past caves, long stretches of coastal path and a roller coaster set of steps with a run down to Chapman's Pool and back up for a picture perfect village finish.
This route sets off from Worth Matravers car park and straight past the 18th Century public house, The Square and Compass, before hitting the trails that lead straight down to Winspit Caves. From Winspit the route takes us on some pure coastal trail of ups and downs (don't look down!). We then pass the 13th Century St Aldhelm's Chapel, a National Coastwatch station and a few other other landmarks. Not long after St Aldhelms we'll come to really great trail challenge of descending and ascending steps that lead onto some chilled out flat running along the coastal path with amazing views. We head back to Worth Matravers through a trail route with some stone, mud and fields, passing a local quarry before seeing Woodhenge at the finish line.
Corfe Castle free parking, turn right just after the National Trust car park found on the A351, BH20 5DR, just as you approach Corfe.
On busy days the NT car park can be used but its charged for non NT members.
This location is for longer weekend runs so early morning meet times to avoid crowds and parking issues.
Corfe to Cocknowle then onto Steeple, Kingston, Corfe Common and finishing at the castle gates.
Distance: 11 miles/ 17.7 km
Ascent: 1427 ft/ 434.9 m
This circular route is a blast and one that's a great progression from the weeknight routes. You will build a decent aerobic base, get used to more time on your feet and have an opportunity to try out lots of different terrain.
The route starts directly at the base of Corfe Castle and within a quarter of a mile, we'll be heading up! Once we hit the top of the ridge path overlooking Corfe, it is straight on until we get to test the quads when dropping down to Steeple and then up again until we hit the opposite ridge that overlooks Kimmeridge and heads us towards Kingston village. From Kingston, there's a short downhill woodland, farming fields and on to Corfe Common with the view of Corfe Castle ahead. We'll call it a day at the Castle gates.
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Please bring the following items with you:
Dry Top to change for afterwards
IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP OUR TRAILS CLEAN AND PRESERVE THE NATURE AROUND US, WE'RE AIMING TO KEEP OUR OUTPOSTS CUP FREE. PLEASE BRING A CUP OR BOTTLE TO RE-FILL.