The CapTEN RESULTS

To all the competitors that lined up to start The CapTEN, from the bottom of our hearts a BIG THANK YOU! 2020 hasn’t been ideal for competition, we had to postpone the race once due to Covid-19, then were left having to severely limit entries to ensure runners safety. But we did it and hope all those that competed enjoyed the best hills we could find for them.

All competitors behaved impeccably and we couldn’t have asked for more from them.

An enthusiastic runner summiting Thorncombe Beacon
Photo credit: Sam Rose

RESULTS

A tremendous thank you to Axe Valley Runners for their turnout, we hope that your prize haul made the trip up the coast worth while:

1st FEMALE – Eleanor Wood – 1:41:09

1st VET – Graham Newton – 1:40:04

And we weren’t expecting this, Wells City Harriers bought the big guns to the party and stole the glory from the locals:

1st MALE/RACE WIN – Christian Green – 1:14:07

1st TEAM – Wells City Harriers
Christian Green (1st), Zak Hurrell (3rd), Archie Tyler (5th)

We will present the prizes to the above soon.

To Honiton, Chard, Riot, Tamar, South West Road Runners, Purbeck, Exmouth, Poole and the multitude of other clubs in attendance, it was lovely to see you all out on the hills today!

Full results are available here:
https://bridportrunners.fullonsport.com/…/the-capte…/results

Thanks again
Bridport Runners/CapTEN organisers

SOMETIMES SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING UNBELIEVABLE…

Chris Monteith, Bridport Runners/RIOT, has pulled one out of the bag this year and finished the Climb South West North Coast 110. Congratulations Chris, this feat defies belief, especially considering the race fell over the weekend of storm Alex!

Baggy Point in better weather


In Chris’ own words:

North Coast 110 miles. A case of careful what you wish for.

First a bit of a back story as to the why? I know I’ve already bored you all with it, but last summer I had the opportunity to run in the UTMB CCC. A 100km trail run through the mountains of France, Switzerland and Italy. Quite possibly the best running experience I’ve ever had, a once in a lifetime race perhaps. Except, there was one step further, the full 100 mile UTMB. But surely this was a race for someone else’s lifetime, not mine. We shall see. However, the seed was sown and now came the not insignificant hurdle of acquiring the points just to enter the UTMB. Basically, to qualify, I needed to run 100miles!

Having had 3 months with no running and been back training for only a couple of months, I was initially looking at the Climb South West North Coast 110 as support crew for a friend who was running it. However, a couple of long training runs later I convinced myself to give it a go. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, for a start, the weather. Starting at Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast, from the start, storm Alex was right in our face. In fact, as the race started my cap went the opposite direction, so 2 minutes in I was minus 200 metres! You know you are into something extreme when you realise the first checkpoint is at 35km. But, my tactic was pretty simple. Get to the next checkpoint, ideally with a 2 hour cushion before the cut-off, so essentially going as slow as possible. The only goal was to finish.

In hindsight, the weather may have been an advantage. The concentration required to stay upright meant there was no headspace available to consider quitting. It was just head down and getting it done. For the most part I enjoyed it, I think. There certainly were low points though. Putting on my waterproof trousers back to front and not being able to figure out how to tie them up was certainly one. Crawling along on all fours at 2am around an exposed headland called Baggy Point was also a challenge, the wind and rain were such that standing up was all but impossible.

I won’t bore you with the detail, its was the usual up, down, up again of the coast path although I did note that Devon mud seems much slippier than the Dorset variety. And, so it was, a mere 33 hours, 110 miles and 20,000 feet of climbing later, I arrived at the finish line in Minehead. My trainers were ripped, my running poles in pieces, and my body bruised and battered. But crucially I had done it. Of the 50 entrants and 36 starters there were only 19 finishers. This was one brutal race. So, the dream of returning to the Alps is still alive, but first I need to get back to walking without a limp!

Chris Monteith


We hope Chris’ story is inspirational and we wish him all the luck with a UTMB finish one day soon!

Raymonde Woodman runs the virtual London Marathon


CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIDPORT RUNNERS’ RAYMONDE WOODMAN!
(Image credit Adam Slater/Bridport Runners)

Raymonde Woodman completed the 2020 virtual London Marathon, following the cancellation of the mass start event, in a fantastic time of 4:59:36. This result placing him 88th in his category, not bad for his first marathon, even if he had to replace the roads of London for Litton Cheney!

In Ray’s own unique words:

“2020 (so far) Covid, rheumatoid arthritis, races postponed, Bridport Runners not being able to run together, Aldershot failing to gain promotion again, impending old age!

Race day: Drizzle, wind leaden skies, Ben, Adam, Sam, Tim (my support crew on a bike), screaming hamstrings ,heavy rain, brilliant support, amazing app cheering as every mile is reached.

Raymonde Woodman braving dark skies and rain to complete his first marathon
(Image credit Adam Slater/Bridport Runners)

Half way, swop Sam for Clive, good pace, more rain, 15 miles (don’t even dare to subtract that from 26), focus two miles at a time, Litton Cheney again, Barbara, bananas, Jess, more support, no going back, foot pain, wow could get under 5 hours, Burton Bradstock again, two miles short, Long Bredy road take 3 (hardest part, so near now!) Finally finish, sub 5 hours.

Elation, Pride, Touched by amazing support. My first marathon, only taken 68 years! Back of the net!!!

Bridport Runners and supporters I humbly thankyou for helping me achieve this from the bottom and top of my hamstrings!!”

Well done Ray, you earnt that one and it was a pleasure for us to be part of it!

IS RUNNING COSTING YOU TOO MUCH?

Bridport Runners membership, England Athletics affiliated, costs the equivalent of just a packet of crisps a week!

Why pay more? Our chairman, Ben Renshaw, is 2020 Dorset half marathon champion, we have two UKA coaches and our members have a host of knowledge from couch to 5k to ultramarathons. All are welcome from beginners to seasoned racers.

We’re a community club and here to help.

At present we are only able to serve current members due to Corona virus restrictions, so if you’d like to get on board then join us today:

ONLINE FORM:
https://forms.gle/yMjziDSc3LoDXcRj6

Feel free to message us on Facebook if you have any queries!

COMPETITION ISN’T DEAD…

Finishing The CapTEN on 25th October is itself an achievement, covering 10 miles, 2,400 feet of climbing and taking in Thorncombe Beacon and Golden Cap, two of the most ‘fun’ hills on the Jurassic Coast.

But for those of you wishing to stretch your legs we salute you with our plaques for 1st male, female, vet (unisex) and team (1st club to put their quickest 3 members over the line).

2020 CapTEN plaques and medals (photo credit Adam Slater/Bridport Runners)

For ALL of you that finish your achievement is marked with a nice new shiny medal.

UPDATE: This week we held our latest Covid planning meeting to ensure the race is going to be the safe for both you (the competitors) and us (the marshals/organisers). We’ll update you further on the procedures in place nearer race day.

So don’t delay, enter today:

https://bridportrunners.fullonsport.com/…/the-capte…/profile