Get ‘From Couch to 5k’ before the clocks change!

5th Beginners Class after doing the Park Run in Weymouth with Coaches Brian (6th from left) and Clive (2nd from right)Before the clocks change, Bridport Runners will launch their next beginners group ‘From Couch to 5k’. This six weeks’ course is tailored to get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (approx. 3 miles) without stopping – no matter whether it’s a complete beginner or someone who wants to get back into running after a longer break. The new class starts Wednesday, 12th of October, at 5:45 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park, opposite the Bridport Leisure Centre. The course will then take place every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm until mid of November. Costs of this course are £12 which will be refunded if the participant chooses to join Bridport Runners afterwards. The latest ‘From couch to 5k’ is Bridport Runners’ sixth beginners course since they started Continue reading

Bridport Runners on tour: “Race the Train” and “Race around the Rock”

Race the Train - Jim in the finish (20-08-2016)1h 45m 00s – that was the time to beat the steam train in the, a bit quirky but very challenging “Race the Train” last Saturday. Five “Bridport Runners on tour” travelled all the way to Mid Wales for this event but unfortunately none of them beat the train. The following day, Les and Ben (Renshaw) drove to Portland to start in the “Race around the Rock” 10k event. Turned out that both events were very competitive but also much fun.

Kazy, Brian, Jim, Clive and Hagen had travelled for hours to participate in the 33rd edition of this iconic race against a steam train in the little town of Tywyn on the coast of the Irish Sea. With them, more than 800 runners from all over the United Kingdom and beyond started in the last Continue reading

Mendips Marauder 50: Kazy and Ben in another epic long-distance run

Mendips Marauder 50 - Kazy running up that hillThey did it again! Ultra-Team Kazy and Ben (Adam unfortunately was injured) went on an epic run last Saturday, the Mendips Marauder 50. And yes, the “50” in it stands for 50 miles! “It was a spectacular westbound course across Somerset with climbs and stunning views including Cheddar Gorge and Wooky Hole and arriving onto the beautiful sands at Weston Super Mare beach in the balmy warm evening breezes”, raved Kazy about the event.

For her, it was a special event, too, as it was “running home to where I was born and my first time back there since.” The course itself was often craggy with tricky underfoot and gruelling hard hills stacking up from mile 26. “And considering we lost our track in places and totted up an additional 2.5 hours to our time.” It was, by the way, the 4th Ultra race that Kazy and Ben had done in less than a year. Well done to you guys!

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2016: Successful debut at West Bay Day

BJCR 2016 - Brians last instructionsThe Bridport Jurassic Coast Run which was held for the first time at West Bay Day on Sunday was without a doubt a success. Great event and fantastic marshals, friendly atmosphere and great scenery.” “A great event, amazing marshals and spectacular scenery, oh and the odd hill. Will be back next year.” “Every little detail was just perfect – topped off by the mooing cow at the last downhill before we turned back!” A day after the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run took place for the first time at West Bay Day, participants of the event thanked the organisers, local running group Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club, for all their efforts with numerous comments via email and on Facebook. Almost 120 runners had started at the Salt House on Sunday morning to go on the challenging 10k route along the Coast Path or, even more daunting, do another loop to make it a half-marathon.

Here are the updated results of the 10k and the half-marathon race (as of 8th of August 2016). Please find below a gallery of pictures of the day which can be downloaded for free. All pictures taken by Astrid Rolle and John Dobinson (marked). More photos can be found on the website of race photographer Charles Whitton.

Nigel takes home two awards

Winner of the 10k race was an old acquaintance: Nigel Gates from Litton Cheney. He finished as first runner in 46 minutes and 1 second. Being 63 years of age he was also the first male veteran over the distance and could take home two awards. Nigel had already won the award as Continue reading

“Jurassic Coast Run: an event for the whole community”

BJCR 2015 - 28,000 miles and still runningJointly hosted by local running group Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club, this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will be an event for the whole community. Brian Shelley, Chairman of Bridport Runners, said: “Thanks to the support of the National Trust, local authorities and our members we will be able to offer runners a challenging race while keeping any inconvenience for residents as little as possible.” In addition the two hosts have already agreed to donate towards West Bay Days fund raising efforts as well as for a local organisation which supports children and youngsters who want to keep fit.

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run – which consists of a 10k and a half-marathon race – will take place on Sunday, 7th of August, as part of the West Bay Days. Both races which are officially affiliated runs by UK Athletics will start from the Salt House in West Bay at 10:15 am. Continue reading