Race: Lifeboat Loop 5k in Swanage (‘Fun’ Run)

Is there such a thing as a fun run? The slower or irregular runners who’ve turned up for a one-off, Sunday morning run definitely don’t look like they’re having fun… The competitive club runner types at the front do have fun, but more a twisted ‘fun’ derived from the pain of pushing your body as hard as it can go. Anyway, I digress!

The Lifeboat Loop is a 5k race held to raise money for the RNLI as part of Lifeboat Week. Beginning at 9am, the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold, not too windy. Now this race is a race of two halves as it’s straight uphill for 2k, down a slope, along a coast path with amazing views, up a horrible, horrible hill that runs along the edge of a castle, and back downhill for another 2k! I don’t know of any other shorter races that begin with so instant and steep a hill. According to the heart rate monitor on my new watch, mine peaked at 210bpm at the hardest point!

Distance: 5k
Time: 21:08

The route is so picturesque, with the halfway point hitting World Heritage awarded coastline:

The Start


Up Peveril Down


The Coastpath


Durlston Castle


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