With the first races lined up for the 2018 race calendar, here’s an event that will take one Bridport Runner to Scotland next May: The Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2018 will take place on the weekend of 26/27 May 2018 and will consist of a 5k, a 10k, half- and full-marathon, also there’s a team relay. The marathon and half will start from the heart of Edinburgh City and go through East Lothian. In recent years, a couple of Bridport Runners have competed in this (mainly) flat marathon ─ which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, according to the organisers ─ e.g. Andrew, Joy and this year Vicky’s sister Emma, as well. The organisers offer a free place for Bridport Runners. To apply for the place, please respond to Vicky by 30 November; if more than one Bridport Runner applies, the winner of the free place will have to drawn out of a hat.
Last Sunday Chris, Adam, Kazy, Tony, Erin, Rachael M., Jess, Ben R. (from left to right on the picture) and Vicky’s sister Emma took on the Stickler, with injured Vicky and family in support. The race, organised by the Dorset Doddlers, is also known as Dorset’s Three Peaks Challenge. There were 542 finishers in this 10 mile long race, and Bridport Runners did well, with Adam coming in as first Bridport Runner in 1 hr. 23 min. and 59 seconds despite still recovering from his nasty accident in summer. “It was a bottle neck nightmare at the start, not as hilly as I feared, loved it,” said Adam afterwards. “Next year, I’m going race fit!” And while Kazy, second female Bridport Runner to finish, was full of praise for the race (“It was a lovely stunning Sunday autumn morning run. So nice to finish at the old English train station!”), Jess was more concerned about the health of livestock on the course, as you can read in her report of The Stickler. Continue reading
As a UK Athletics affiliated Club, Bridport Runners get a free place for Britain’s most prestigious marathon every year. To apply for that place, the applicant must have been a paying Club member for at least a year, beginning from 1 October 2017 (for the 2019 place) and must have entered the London Marathon ballot but did not receive a place through the ballot. Also, priority is given to those runners who have not had a place before.
Whilst a number of Bridport Runners were having fun at races closer to home last weekend, Jess and her husband Ben headed north to the Lake District to take part in the season finale of the Lakeland Trails 2017 series. Seems like the Lake District runs are very scenic and getting more popular among Bridport Runners, as both of them and Ruth had run in a section of the Lakeland Trail series, in Keswick on the bank of Derwent Water, before. On this particularly weekend, however, Jess and Ben did not only do two races on two consecutive days over 15k (Ben) and 10k (Jess and Ben on the 2nd day) but also achieved brilliant times, especially in the second race. Part of their success might come down to their ‘sensible recovery plan’ after the first race, which consisted of recovery cocktails/beers, pasta and lemon tarts.
Here’s Jess’ write up of the weekend … Continue reading
Bridport Runners were quite busy last Sunday and participated in a number of 10k and half-marathon runs, which mainly took place nearby: John (Smith) ran the Great West in Exeter, a half-marathon; his time was 2 hrs. 1 min. 33 sec. “The last three miles were particularly challenging, as it was undulating and I picked up a calf injury”, recalls John who was very happy with the outcome: “My main goal was to raise £500 for my nominated charity ‘Motor Neurone Disease Association’ which I achieved.”
Meanwhile, Kazy was doing the Burton Bradstock half marathon and Les the 10k. Kazy finished in 1:56:45 and came in as 2nd woman and first veteran lady of 36 runners. Kazy was especially pleased with this result as she had switched from the marathon to the half-marathon before. Les who started in the 10k race at Burton finished in 52:28 min. as 17th of 78 runners! See their results here. Dan Shelley, Brian’s son, ran the ‘Bright 10’, a 10 miler in his hometown Brighton, in a new personal best time of 1:21:34.
Finally, Clive, John (Riley), Tony and Hagen kept it local and participated in ‘Mrs. E’s Big Wheeze’, a multi-terrain 10k in Uplyme. In a small field of mainly club runners Clive finished as 1st Bridport Runner in 51:48 min., followed by John (52:33), Hagen (57:19) and Tony (01:00:38), which is a new PB for him. Well done to all of you!