The 'Slow and Dirty' could actually be better described as the Fast and Clean, as its a very level 19k race along the hard surface of an old railway line.
So why the Name then??
A lesson in history is required...
Our chosen route follows a branch line that ran from Bath to Bournemouth through the counties of Dorset and Somerset. Known as the Somerset and Dorset, it soon was more commonly called the S & D, or as it's regular users called it the Slow and Dirty!!
This rather unkind name was due to the fact the trains were constantly stopping at multiple village stops and never seemed to make good headway. Also, because it wasn't particularly profitable the engines and carriages were never the newest or cleanest.
Sadly like many minor lines it closed in 1966. In 2013 it was reopened as a wonderful addition to the leisure facilities in the area, providing a fabulous path for cyclists, runners, walkers and horse riders.
We have now developed a fun trail race with a festive twist around this route. We welcome runners of all abilities, and are pleased to encourage you to bring your dog or buggy if you wish.
Starting at Sturminster Newton you follow the river Stour valley passing some amazing sights and intriguing villages. The 11 mile route offers great opportunities to meet with friends and supporters and enjoy features such as the restored Shillingston station and Georgian town of Blandford.
Pre booked transport will be available to take you back to the start. Our finish point is a few hundred meters from 'The Shack' bar at Clapcotts Farm, Spetisbury, where parking is available. Finishers will receive a magnificent medal, enjoy some festive mulled wine or cider and a mince pie, and the bar will also be open for drinks, snacks and coffee.
We intend this event to be a not-to-serious family occasion to enjoy in the runup to Christmas. If a trail event could ever be described as weather proof, this is it, as the surface is good all the way and there is minimal incline.
Come and join us for the final event of 2021 and start your Christmas with a run!
This event offers the option to purchase Booking Protect, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.