Sat 16 Nov 2024 Wareham, Dorset, UK

The Maverick Exposure Lights Dark Castle | Middle

Back for its second year, Dark Castle has become one of the most unique Maverick events in our calendar!

  • Sat 16 Nov 2024
Corfe Castle, Wareham




All ages

  • 11 km trail running


We are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to race from the iconic Corfe Castle so this is the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to check out the ruins up close. Soaring above the village of Corfe, the early Norman castle is an unforgettable sight. Corfe Castle was built in the reign of William the Conqueror to control passage through the Purbeck Hills via a road between Swanage and Wareham. There was a fortress at this spot long before the Normans, however; there may have been a Roman military presence here and certainly, there was a wooden palisade here as early as the 9th century. As you leave the stone bridge and down through the beautiful village of Corfe, you find yourself heading across Corfe common and towards the quaint village of Church Knowle, before heading up onto the ridge at Knowle Hill with sweeping views across Purbeck. You will see the lights of Poole Harbour in the distance and the glow of Corfe Castle to your right. The Long and Middle routes continue along the ridge to Stone Hill Down, before meandering through some tight single track towards the famous Blue Poole. The trails here are muddy and tight making the Darkness feel exhilarating. These sections of woodland and open heath are home to herds of Sika deer, so don't be alarmed if your head torch shines on lots of eyes watching you from the woodland. The trail conditions on this route are going to be soft during the month of November but there are a few sections of the route that are hard-packed or on road. Regardless, the routes are suitable for all levels of runner. There will be hot food and drink back at the venue, fire pits for roasting marshmallows and a real festive vibe. We really hope you will join us for this fantastic event. Please note this is NOT a dog friendly, we are unable to have dogs within the event venue.

This event is part of The Maverick Exposure Lights Dark Castle.

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Newcomers


  • Bag storage
  • Free parking


  • Marshals
  • Way markers


  • Plastic-free event
  • Reusable cups

What's included

  • Chip timing
  • Medal


  • All ages
  • Entries open
  • Enter on day
  • Enter online

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