Charmouth Challenge celebrates 40th anniversary this weekend

CHARMOUTH is preparing to welcomed hundreds of runners for the annual Charmouth Challenge. 

Now in its 40th year, this is the first time the race will take place since 2019 due to the coronvairus pandemic.

The race, now firmly established itself as a favourite with fell runners from all over the UK, will this year take place on Saturday, July 2 from 10am, raising funds for Charmouth Primary School PTA.

The Charmouth Challenge is a chip timed eight-mile fell run through some of the finest coastal scenery in the South West on Dorset’s beautiful Jurassic Coast.

It overlooks Charmouth’s famous fossil hunting beaches and includes an ascent of Golden Cap which, at 191 metres, is the highest point on the South West Coast of England.

More than 10,000 runners have taken part in the event since its inception, with entrants travelling from as far afield as the Netherlands, USA and Spain to run the route.

There will also a chip timed two-mile fun run, for running novices and children over the age of eight, and for any younger children taking part with an adult.

Following the start of the races in Lower Sea Lane from 10am, a summer fete will be held in the school grounds to boost funds.

Please note road closures will be in place for the safety of runners.

For more information about the race, visit

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