PURBECK Runners co-founder Ross Wayne believes the club is in great shape heading into 2018.

Runners have this year enjoyed plenty of success in the Dorset Road Race League, with Clare Martin the second-best performing woman and Zodwa Chasokela and Hamish Murray winning their respective age categories.

In addition, the club has had a strong influx of new adult and junior members. Members have competed in races ranging from the Swanage Carnival Four-Mile Fun Run to the London Marathon.

Runners presented a cheque for £3,000 to their charity of the year, Julia’s House, after successfully hosting the Purbeck 10k and Studland 5k.

Reflecting on a fruitful 12 months, Wayne said: “We are delighted to be moving into our 10th anniversary year in fine fettle.

"The club is growing and we continue to build on our aims to bring fitness to the Purbecks through running, providing a great social experience for our members and excelling as a club in the Dorset running scene.”

Hamish Murray stood down as chair and Chasokela as secretary after nearly 10 years of loyal service.

Paula Lawton-Archer is the new chair and she had the honour of presenting Chasokela with the club’s premier award, the Purbeck runner of the year gong, at a recent awards dinner.