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
They 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!
The 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
Jointly 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
The longer, the better: Kazy, Ben (Loudon) and Adam ran across the breadth of Dartmoor last Saturday in the Dartmoor Crossing, an ultra trail race over 34 miles. “These were 34 miles of rough rocky granite terrain, was hard but we had a fantastic day!”, as Kazy recalls. “I’ve always wanted to run across Dartmoor as it seemed such an obvious challenge and Kazy and Ben were treating it as training for bigger and better things”, says Adam who finished 5th out of 75 competitors in this race. Well done to all three of you!
The event was run for the first time and was exceptionally well organised and route marked, according to the three Ultra Bridport Runners. “No mean feat when you’re Continue reading