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34th DURSLEY DOZEN RACE – Sunday 18th February 2024
A 12-mile running race across demanding terrain including hills, woodland, open country, mud, roads, more mud, more hills, and rocky sections!
About the Race
The 2024 Dursley Dozen will start on May Lane near The Old Spot, Dursley at 10.30am. The route will follow Hill Road ascending steeply for almost two hundred meters before entering woodland and climbing onto Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course. The race route then re-enters the woods and climbs and descends several times over the next two miles.
The 2024 event is fortunate to have been allowed to use land at ‘Leaf and Ground’ café and shop for part of the race route. This will allow an excellent spectating point for family and friends. Spectators can watch the race as competitors descend to the Leaf and Ground pond before climbing back up into the woods and onto the Golf Course.
Undulating trails will lead to the infamous precipice where ropes are provided before emerging at Drakestone Point. Another mile of level but exposed paths around the edge of golf course will bring runners back into the woods.
A mile and a half of muddy woodland paths will take runners to a brief section of road and into more woodland before a steep descent down Axe Lane to the New Inn at Waterley Bottom. A steep ascent follows back to the hilltop and a circuit of Breakheart Quarry.
A section of quiet country road then takes competitors back into the woods before the last descent into the town. The final sprint is down the pedestrianised Parsonage Street to the finish line in front of the Dursley Market Hall building where all finishers will receive their hard-earned technical T-shirt.
The 2024 Dursley Dozen has spared no hills and includes approximately 2000 feet of climbing! It remains just as demanding as previous years with many challenging and technical sections. The route is predominantly on woodland trails which are alternately muddy, stony, and with numerous roots and other obstacles along with some short road sections.
Please support our local businesses who are sponsoring the 2024 Dursley Dozen