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The PB Challenge

23rd May 2020


The PB Challenge is being organised by Poole AC and is an afternoon of racing which is designed to challenge you and bring out the best of your ability. The event will host a series of 10,000 metre and 5,000 metre races which will include the Dorset County and the South West 10,000 metre championships male and female. There will also be a top class invitational Sub 6, 2,000 metre Steeplechase and for the first time we will hold the English Schools qualifying time middle distance challenge. This will include some middle distance races with pacemakers to help the young athletes achieve the qualifying times required to be considered for selection for the English Schools Championships. Invites, how to enter and further information will be sent out in due course for the junior races. Entries for all other races are NOW OPEN!!

Our 2020 race

We are passionate about running here in Dorset and have listened to those of you that want to be able to race in graded races to the highest level that you can. Therefore we have created this event so that you can have the opportunity to do just that and see if you can achieve that new personal best performance. We are involving the local community including live streaming of the event by Magna Academy our local school, the Town Band for event entertainment, local suppliers and of course you! So come along Run FAST!  We want a really big crowd so please bring your friends and family and support what promises to be a great event!

Our main event sponsor

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    • Breeze Volkswagen are proud sponsors of the first Poole Athletic Club, PB Challenge 2020. With a wide range of cars and vans to suit all active lifestyles, they’re the next step to your dream vehicle. For more info visit breeze-volkswagen.co.uk

To whet your appetite, these are some of the details of the event:

There will be a licensed bar, street food, cakes, tea & coffee, DJ/Commentators and roped off lanes so that spectators can get up close to the action and cheer the athletes on. We will also have live commentary and music from the knowledgeable and local DJ Ian Kennedy and all of this will be streamed live online. There will also be very generous cash prizes!

  • 4  x 10,000m races including the South West 10,000m Championship
  • 2 x 5,000m races
  • 10,000m  and 5,000m incorporating the Dorset County Championships and hopefully the South West Inter County Championships
  • Middle Distance Challenge: Junior Athletes English schools qualifying time races.
  • 2,000m sub 6 Steeplechase, Male only
  • Pacemakers
  • Generous cash prizes!
  • DJ/Commentator
  • Streamed online by Magna Academy (Local School)
  • Local Town band
  • Licensed Bar
  • Street Food/Hot Food/BBQ/Coffee Wagon/Snacks/Cakes
  • Event Photos
  • Potential for a shiny new PB!

We would like to thank our other sponsors for their generosity:

  • Poole AC
  • X miles, Wimborne
  • James Estate Agents
  • Running Free, Parkstone
  • England Athletics
  • Dorset County Athletics
  • Ashley Press

Prize fund structure

  • 10,000m 1st  £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £75 Male and Female (Fastest across all 10,000m races)
  • 5,000m 1st  £150, Male
  • 5,000m 1st  £150, Female
  • 2,000m sub 6 Steeplechase 1st  £150 Male
  • Vouchers for age group winners male and female in the junior middle distance races.
  • Cash bonus of £30 for any athlete breaking 30mins in the 10,000m Male or 33mins Women.

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2020 Event

The Event takes place on 23rd May 2020.
Priority entries now open (enter below). Other entries will open soon.

Please note: If your entry is successful and for whatever reason you can’t run please let us know at the earliest opportunity to allow another athlete to take your place as we will also be running a reserve list.

2020 Results

Results will be published on Power of 10.

2020 Photos

Any event photos will be published here after the event


Ashdown Track Location

Ashdown Athletics Track
Everyone Active Leisure Centre,
Adastral Rd,
Canford Heath

BH17 8RE


Numbers to be collected on the day.



Priority entries for Sub 34 men and Sub 38.30 Women will open on 15th January 2020 for 2 weeks.



Please enter promptly as we have a lot of interest in these races.


Priority entries for Sub 15:45 men and Sub 18:50 Women open on 15th January.



Please enter promptly as we have a lot of interest in these races.

Steeplechase and Junior middle distance

The entry for the Sub 6 Steeplechase now open.



Junior middle distance races will open towards the end of January 2020.