Studland Stampede 2021 - Full Race Info

We are so excited to have the Stampede back for 2021.

A BIG THANK YOU to the team at Studland National Trust for all their support, and to all of you that made generous additional donations towards maintaining Studland Bay and heathland for all to enjoy!

So, let’s get our trainers on for Sunday 17th October for the 10:30am start!!

Covid - We ask you not to attend the event if you are showing any cold, flu or covid symptoms! If anyone in your household has covid symptoms or has tested positive for Covid in the last 10 days please isolate as stipulated by the government.

At Registration, upon collection of your race number, you will be required to declare that you do not have any known covid symptoms and are not required to isolate under the current government guidelines on Race Day Sun 17th October 2021.


Start Time

We aim to start the race at 10:30am. Please allow plenty of time to park and collect your running number, especially if you are crossing on the ferry.
The ferry leaves from the Sandbanks side on the hour, at 20 past the hour and at 20 to the hour. (We recommend not relying on catching the 10:00am ferry if at all possible, as this can lead to you missing the start of the race if the traffic is heavy or if the ferry is full.) If you are approaching from Sandbanks, the ferry company charge £4.75 per car, each way.

 Registration, Chip Timing & Race Numbers

Registration will be open from 9:15am

Disposable Race Timing Chips will be attached to the back of your running number - these will be issued on the day at the registration desk, in the Race Marquee (not by post). Your race number will be in the envelope with 4 safety pins. Your Race Number needs to be secured to the front of your running top. This is important should a runner require first-aid and also helps our marshals distinguish who is taking part in the event. Any runner crossing the finish line without a Race Number will not be recorded in the race results.

Staggered Start:

Confirmed start time is 10:30am. However we will be staggering the start (as in previous years) to give runners more space. Which are you?:
We will have 3 groups of approximately 150 runners. Race Horses will set off, with War Horses 30 seconds after, followed by the Show Jumpers. We would prefer to let runners position themselves, and hope that it gives every runner a good opportunity to find their pace.

Your time starts when you cross the starting mats.


The race will start and finish on the sand next to the National Trust visitors centre at Knoll Beach Car Park, Studland, Dorset. There is a cafe and toilet facilities by the car park. To view a map of the location, please take a look at our website.
If you are using a SatNav the closest post code is BH19 3AH, but please be aware that this will not take you directly to the car park - you will need to keep your eye out for the sign off this main road directing you into the Knoll Beach National Trust car park.

The National Trust will have a tea/coffee hut and cafe open from 9:30am. They have a very nice breakfast menu, so could be a nice plan for any family and friends that have come to support you.

All Stampede runners can enjoy a 20% discount in the gift shop on race day by showing your race number.


Knoll Beach car park will open from 08:30am. This is a National Trust car park and a pay & display machine is in operation. The car park is free for National Trust Members but you still need to scan your membership card at the pay machine. If you are not a member, please get a ticket at the pay and display machines. The car park is £3 for 2 hours, £5 for 4 hours, £7 all day (charged by the National Trust to raise funds for their charity).

If you are interested in joining the National Trust take a look here to find out more:
Join the National Trust.

Bag Drop

In an attempt to reduce contact transmission of Covid-19 we will not be taking any personal property for safe keeping this year. Please lock any belonging inside your vehicles if possible.


We're going CUPLESS!!!
It's something we have been thinking about for many years, and some other trail races have blazed the way, so we are going to take the plunge and ask all Stampeders to bring their own drinking vessel.
We don't mind if it's a water bottle, one of those super stylish racing cups or a bone-china mug, our wonderful water station volunteers will fill it for you.
The environment will thank you for the extra effort, and so will we :)

Covid Control Measures

Competitor are not required to wear a face mask in outdoor spaces but will be required to follow, and be respectful, of any mask wearing policies in place inside the National Trust Cafe, shop and toilet facilities on site.

Competitors that have a personal preference to wear a mask when in close proximity to other runners whilst in the starting areas, are encouraged to do so. Due to the larger starting areas the safety briefing will be given to each starting group as they prepare to set off, to ensure that everybody can hear without having to gather closer together.

Registration volunteers will wear face masks and use hand sanitiser whilst handing out race numbers. There will be no bag drop this year.

Timing chips have been replaced by disposable electronic numbers to avoid contact transmission between chip removal volunteers and runners, and to reduce any queuing in the finish area, improving the flow of people.

Course marshals will be given a marshal pack containing hand sanitiser and several face masks for use in the event that they need to come into close contact with another person.

Water station volunteers will also have hand sanitiser and face masks available for use if needed. The Studland Stampede will be run as a cup-less event this year. Runners will be asked to bring their own drinking cup, bottle or water bladder. The water station volunteers will be available to fill/refill any drinking vessel using a water jug at arms length.

Race medals/momentos/goodie bags will be assembled at least one week before the event date and not handled during the time leading up to race day. Hand sanitiser will be used by the race-bag volunteers, who will hand out these bags at arms distance as the finishers pass through the one-way finish funnel. 

These control measure are to be revised on 1st October 2021

The Course

The route is marked with bright yellow markers and a back runner will follow. To view a map visit our website.

Starting on the sea front the run heads along the sandy beach towards Old Harry Rocks. Runners are soon diverted off the beach and up a zig zag and along a path that runs around Middle Beach car park. You will be directed onto the road at the end of the car park and asked to stay to the right. Very soon you will enter a tree-lined path ‘the Coombe’. At the end of this path you will be assisted across the road. From here you turn left and follow Wadmore Lane.

Half way down the lane you will see clear signs directing you to turn left, along a muddy path (nice and dry at the moment) and up onto the heath- land and along to Agglestone Rock.
The run then follows heath-land paths towards the ferry; passing the water station at approximately half way. Another road crossing and you will enter the sandy tracks, which lead onto the beach.

From here you follow the beach all the way to the finish line, back at the National Trust Visitor Centre.

WARNING - Naturist Beach

For those of you that are not familiar with Studland Beach, we pre-warn you that the course runs through a small section of naturist beach. If we have good weather in October (and even if it is bad), be prepared for a few
bare bodies.


Unfortunately we cannot allow runners to run with their canine friends. (If you wish to run the route with your dog unofficially before the start of the race, the course markers will all be in place but please be aware that there are road crossings and you are running at completely your own risk.)


We work hard to make the Stampede as enjoyable as possible for every runner. To this end we do not want to have to ban headphones/music at the event, but we strongly ask anyone that does decide that they can’t do without it, please have consideration for the runners around you. It would be advisable not to turn your music on until you get out onto the heath land so that you can concentrate fully during the busy first mile and road crossing. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation.

Prizes and Goodie Bags

Every runner that crosses the finish line will receive the bespoke Studland Stampede medal.

In your Goodie Bags so far:
- NEW Bespoke 2021 Stampede Medal.
- Re-entry form for 2021
- All Stampede runners can enjoy a 20% discount in the gift shop on race day by showing your race number.
- Yummy Dorset Flapjack
- We may have one other treat up our sleeves but you’ll need to keep an eye on our Facebook page – fingers crossed!
- 3 x Spot Prizes - beautiful “Tales and Recipes from the Kitchen Garden” cookery books from Pig On The Beach! These will go to the 1st 3 runners that tell our Goodie Bag Volunteers “I LOVE cooking”.


Chip Timing (supplied by the excellent Race Timing Solutions) will enable us to post the race results on our website immediately after the event. All the results from previous years can also be found on our website.



We will have a wonderful volunteer taking some snaps this year and we will post them all on our Facebook page for you to enjoy. 


Local experienced physiotherapist Kate Thorp will be overseeing a team of local soft tissue and sports massage therapists. One or two will be on hand from 9:30am, then a further couple will be ready and waiting for runners crossing the finish line.


Each year we have some really wonderful people volunteer at the Stampede and we couldn’t organise it without them. When running past a volunteer please give them a smile, nod or even a ‘thank you’ if you are not suffering too much.

Purbeck Trail Series

The Studland Stampede is very proud to be part of The Purbeck Trail Series. Other events in the series are:

The Purbeck Trail Series Winners will not be announced at the Studland Stampede this year, due to the need to keep people moving away from the area, but an announcement will be made on the PTS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PurbeckTrailSeries


Please email victoria.turner@studlandstampede.co.uk or call 0796 723 6650 if you have any further questions and please like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with our latest news:

We are very excited about seeing you all on the beach for our 16th Studland Stampede!!!
Victoria, Julie and all the Stampede Crew!

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