The Golden Trail World Series exists to celebrate and evolve trail running as a sport. The series stands out in the modern sports world respecting unique values like parity, equity, transparency and honesty. The races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events in the sport today.
It aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring natural environments where we play and compete…
This is NOT the Golden Trail Series, this is BRIDPORT RUNNERS GOLDEN SNAIL SERIES 2021!
Covid killed Bridport Runners Club Championship in 2020 which involved the clubs participation in 20+ local races. With entry deferrals from 2020, the threat of postponement and/or cancelation it seems wrong to propose a similar list for 2021.
As a result, welcome the Golden Snail Series, a series of club only time trials, challenges, and events to get us through 2021!
Even for those of you that don’t feel ready to return to club running, these events will be totally Covid secure from an organisational perspective.
Another reason to join Bridport Runners in 2021, contact us regarding membership if you’re not already running with us!
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.
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!
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!
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!
We hope Chris’ story is inspirational and we wish him all the luck with a UTMB finish one day soon!
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.
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!