Seventy years of the Shave Cross Mini Marathon

‘On a Saturday night in June 1947 some local men felt in a contemplative mood after a few drinks at the Shave Cross Inn. They started taking bets as to who could run the fastest. The mood became infectious and the running went on until 2am … People living nearby wondered what was going on as the still peaceful night was disturbed by a constant “Are you ready – Go” … clobber, clobber, clobber (from the hobnailed boots).’ (Taken from Dorset’s Western Vale by Sylvia Creed-Castle.)

From this midnight race meeting was born the Shave Cross Sports, which included a ‘marathon’ of four and three-tenths of a mile.

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