Race preview: Studland Stampede - Sunday 14th October 2012
For the past seven years running, people from far and wide have turned out in their muddy trainers and serious moisture wicking fabrics to take on the Studland Stampede, a tough 12 kilometre off-road running race on the coast of Dorset.
Come rain or shine, on Sunday 14th October, social runners will once again rub shoulders with first class endurance athletes on the sand of Studland Beach for the start of the 2012 event.This will be the eighth year that the Studland Stampede has worked with the National Trust to hold this unique event.
The stunning location makes the route a perfect escape from urban madness but creates its own challenges to test the hardiness of its competitors. Each year it is ran by all abilities but beware that the sand dunes alone will require grit and determination.With a strict limit of only 500 participants, set to preserve the fragile heath land, the event is expected to fill up fast so advanced entry is strongly advised.
“This year we are introducing electronic chip timing to give our runners an instant results service. I have been assured that the chips will still work after being submerged in water, sand and mud!!” comments Victoria Turner the co-organiser of the Studland Stampede.
Thousands of people visit Studland's beautiful beaches and heath land each year for a variety of different endeavours such as sunbathing, water sports, nature exploration, mountain biking and horse riding. With the abundance of off road tracks and spectacular views in every direction it is not hard to imagine why it has been host to one of Dorset’s most scenic off road running races for the last 8 years.
Studland bay and heath land is managed by the National Trust who recently revamped their Knoll Beach cafe, where competitors, families and friends can enjoy the luxury of delicious hot food and drink in the scenic and remote surroundings that Studland has to offer.
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