With the course approximately 12 miles in length there are certainly a lot of vantage points! For those spectators looking to stay close to the town, the start is within a stone’s throw of The Old Spot (which opens from midday and serves Sunday lunch) while the finish is in front of Bank Café which is open from 09:00. If the Bank is busy on race day, Belle’s Kitchen is just a 20-second walk away…
Elsewhere, Leaf and Ground is an excellent viewing point however if you watch from here, please try to limit your time in the car park to one hour so as not to prevent other customers from visiting.
Another popular place to spectate from is the car park at Stinchcombe Golf Course (not the one next to the club house) and the what3words to find it are lilac.chest.headset. Sorry, there is no accurate postcode. Speaking of the club house, it will be open from 10:00 serving tea and coffee for Dursley Dozen spectators. Around the golf course there are three great areas to watch from. Runners will…
- Exit and re-enter the woods near the club house from approximately 11:10 W3W topics.cobble.stacks
- Reach the top of the ascent from Leaf and Ground from approximately 11:40 W3W reserve.jokes.ownership
- Then climb the precipice at Drakestone Point W3W truckload.goodnight.promotes
- Run along in front of the car park mentioned above as they head back towards the woods
Breakheart Quarry is another popular place to watch runners as they near the finish. There is limited parking available and the running route loops around the quarry which offers multiple places to watch from. W3W for the entrance is march.foot.dirt or GL11 6ER. Runners will also run parallel to this road on their way to the top of Whiteway Hill.
There are various car parks for runners and spectators alike and we encourage car sharing where possible. Unfortunately, there is no parking at Race HQ however there are plenty of other options as listed below. Please always park responsibly and check for time limits for your stay as these vary. These are recommendations only. For more information on the town’s car parks, follow this link.
Rednock School – GL11 4BY / body.grandest.mega
Long Street – Long stay GL11 / 4HR rebounder.fade.digs
Castle Street/The Pulse Leisure Centre – GL11 4BS / absent.leads.unfocused
May Lane – Long Stay GL11 4JN / allows.neckline.stamp
Water Street – Short Stay GL11 4JG / token.curly.fuss
Dursley has many excellent cafes and pubs which will be open before, during, and after the event for runners and their friend and family. Here’s a short list of recommendations. As this will be a busy weekend for the town, we’d suggest booking a table, especially around lunchtime.
Belle’s Kitchen – GL11 4ND / unravel.certainly.less
Bank Café – GL11 4AB / retail.aunts.jetting
The Old Spot Inn – GL11 4JQ / outdoor.dentures.deed
Spring Villa – GL11 4BJ / journey.incomes.awoke
Leaf and Ground – GL11 6PP / richer.switched.costly
Stinchcombe Golf Course – GL11 6AQ / pinks.bathtubs.stub
Directions and race number collection
Race HQ is at Rednock Community Centre, Rednock Drive, Dursley, GL11 4BX. Or for those using what3words, the very appropriate selection of buddy.runner.positions will take you to the number collection desk. Runners must visit here to collect their race number (a bag drop is also available) before making your way to the start that is located outside May Lane Surgery (GL11 4JN / accent.celebrate.grudges)
Like many other races, the Dursley Dozen couldn’t take place without a huge number of marshals who will be giving up their time on what’s hopefully a brisk, sunny morning. They’re out there making sure the event goes smoothly and to help make sure everyone gets around ok. Give them a thumbs up or thank them as you run on by…
There are no less than 17 awards to give out post-race and these will be handed out at Race HQ at approximately 13:00 at Rednock Community Centre, GL11 4BX or what3words buddy.runner.positions. Plenty of tea, coffee, and cake will be available at Race HQ prior to the awards ceremony. The list of awards are:
For those travelling to the Dursley Dozen from a little further afield, we’re afraid to say that Dursley isn’t blessed with many places to stay pre-race. However, click or tap on these words for a (hopefully) helpful link to the nearest Airbnb options.
Other useful information
Vale Community Hospital, Lister Road, GL11 4BA / imparts.browser.daunted – 0300 421 8494
Vale Vets, Stinchcombe, Dursley, GL11 6AJ / disclose.firework.soonest– 01453 542092
Conveniently located at the start line in front of the Old Spot pub, postcode GL11 4JN, what3words accent.celebrate.grudges