2nd June 2018


Poole Park


Event Information

The Poole Festival of Running 5k is this year moving to an new time slot of Saturday afternoon at 5pm, however the course and fantastic atmosphere remain the same! All finishers get a t-shirt, medal, bar voucher and goody bag.

The Poole Hospital Charity have been chosen as the nominated charity for this year’s Poole Festival of Running and they would like to thank everyone for their support.

Course Information

The route for the 5k is out through the park gates and immediately left down Kingland Road, turn right at the bottom and keep the lake on your left, under the subway, restricting bollards at the entry (could be slippery in the subway) along Catalina Drive to Baiter car park entrance, onto Baiter Path and around to Whitecliff. Turn left before Turks Lane and onto Banks Road, left into Whitecliff Road and back into the park through Horseshoe Tunnel. Through the park gates, left at mini roundabout then along the park road to the finish near the fountain. There will be a clock showing finish times.

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Entry List

A  full list of entrants is displayed here.  Please check  your details are correct. Errors can be corrected before the race but NOT afterwards.

On the day

Race Numbers & Timing Chips

Your race number can be collected from the admin marquee in Poole Park on Saturday 2nd June from 2:00pm until 4:30pm. Please attach your number to the front of your vest or T-shirt and ensure it is visible at all times. If you are taking any medication please write this on the reverse and give a contact phone number. Please note that in order to comply with UK Athletics rules you must not fold your number.

Car Parking & Toilets

There are pay and display car parks at the Civic Centre and the Everyone Active Leisure Centre. Toilets are available at The ARK and at the start/finish.


Please come changed ready to run if possible, however there are changing facilities in the marquee. Do not leave valuables in here as we cannot accept responsibility for any loss. The Friends of Poole Park will be running a baggage tent where you can leave bags in return for a small donation.


A full set of results will be published on the results page on this site.


The start is on the road near the marquee in Poole Park. You will see a START banner. There is a road hump where you assemble (just behind the start line) please be careful here. Your race will start at 5.00pm. There will be signs and marshals to assist you. The starter will assemble runners from 4.45pm. All junctions will be marshalled. Please comply with the directions given by police & race officials; your safety is your responsibility. TAKE CARE ON THE SPEED HUMPS


At the finish you will enter a single funnel, where your time and position will be automatically recorded by your chip. Please move quickly away from the finish area and then remove your timing chip. There will be marshals to assist you.


Provided after the finish funnels. After you have collected your medal and drink at the finish please move away from this area so as not to restrict others behind you.


Will be in the main arena, full details and a timetable will be published nearer the time. Please stay and support your fellow competitors. There are refreshments, bar facilities and entertainment to enjoy.


Please note: Due to the confines of the course NO pushchairs, buggies, roller-skates etc, and please – no dogs. Runners must not be accompanied or followed by others on cycles.

Charity Support

poole hospital charity

Poole Hospital Charity is delighted to have been chosen once again as the nominated charity for Poole Festival of Running 2018. This year we are asking you to raise sponsorship money for the Radiotherapy Ward.

With 1 in 2 of us receiving a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime the Radiotherapy team at Poole Hospital have never been busier. The team treats on average 120 patients a day who have been diagnosed with cancer. Many patients will receive treatment every day for up to 6 weeks.

We are hoping to be able to buy equipment to improve how the team delivers treatment meaning more accurate results and less stress for the patient.

This year Radiotherapy has asked us for the following wish list:

  • A Bladder Scanner – which help the team deliver more precise radiation (£10k)
  • An Electrometer – to measure radiation doses (£6k)
  • 2 Televisions – for giving information waiting areas (£1k)

Last year over 300 people took part in the 5k race, if everyone who took part raised £25 sponsorship Radiotherapy could have purchased the Electrometer.

Similarly if every child who took part in the Minithons was sponsored for £10 the Televisions could be purchased. So this year we ask you to get yourself sponsored for whatever you can as the money does make a difference to the Cancer treatment we give to our community.

Poole Hospital Charity fund raises for all the wards and departments, but the hospital managed 35,220 radiotherapy attendances so this is an opportunity for Poole Festival of Running participants to make a real difference to Cancer services for our county.


If you would like to support or gain more information on Poole Hospital’s charity visit our website: http://www.poolehospitalcharity.co.uk/running-events/  or contact us on 01202 448449 or fundraising@poole.nhs.uk

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