Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2017: Ruth Barnes wins half-marathon, local hero Adam Gale succeeds in 10k race

Adam Gale_winner 10k (by Astrid Rolle)The 5th Bridport Jurassic Coast Run not only saw the biggest field of starters ever but also a female runner, winning the half-marathon for the first time: Ruth Barnes from Affpuddle, who has just recently moved to Dorset, won the gruesome 13 mile run along the Coast Path in 1 hour 35 minutes and 16 seconds, being almost 7 minutes faster than the next (male) finisher. The fastest runner in the 10k race was a local hero: Adam Gale of Bridport not only crossed but jumped over the ribbon in the finish after 47 min. 25 sec. Overall, 154 runners competed in the half-marathon and the 10k races which were a major attraction of this year’s West Bay Day.

Here are the preliminary results of the 10k and the half-marathon race (as of 7th of August 2017). Please find a gallery of pictures of the day which can be downloaded for free on the next page. All pictures taken by Astrid Rolle, Clive Whaley and Matt Camp (marked).

The races started with the famous ‘Broadchurch’ cliff at West Bay in the background, leading runners all the way up to the second highest hill on the South Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon, then down to Seatown (half-marathon runners only) and back through Downhouse Farm, Eype to West Bay. The half-marathon consisted of two loops. The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run had once more been organised by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club.

Briefing 1 (by Astrid Rolle)As with the other Bridport Jurassic Coast Runs before, there were many tales to tell about runners coming from far and wide: Like the one of Daniel who flew in from Malta and raised money for Faces charity; or the story of two deaf runners, who were accompanied by a guide on their 10k run; the adventures of the runners with the furthest travel, Stephen Forrest of Massachusetts in the United States, and Beate Lechenmeier from Winnenden in Germany, who are on holiday and signed in for the run; or the story about the oldest runner, Brian Grierson, who ─ being 77 years of age – had already done the Jurassic Coast Run the year before.

In its fifth year, the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, has become a community event and a recommended race among club runners from all over the Southwest: 43 runners from 31 different running clubs had entered Continue reading

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run sold out!

Logo Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2014 (final logo)

Due to a high demand in online entries, tickets for this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run are sold out now. There will be no more entries on the day, as we have reached our limit. Please don’t try to make your way to the race on Sunday if you have not bought a ticket and received your race number via email before. For more information about race day, please see our special web page about the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run and our Facebook page.

Sorry for any runners who haven’t got in this year but we hope to see you for next year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run!

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run with record number of entrants and new black-and-white-striped sponsor

It’s less than two weeks until the fifth Bridport Jurassic Coast Run kicks off – and the limit for entrants has almost been reached: Close to 200 runners have already signed in for the two challenging races – a 10k and a half-marathon – which is the limit for the event taking place on Sunday, 6 August, during West Bay Days ‎in West Bay.

The organisers, Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary, are not only very delighted with the response from runners ahead of race day but also of the support of Bridport’s own Leakers Bakery who are the sponsor of this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run. The well-known bakery on Bridport’s East Street shares much ground with Bridport Runners: Both are true believers in locally sourced and sustainable food and have black and white stripes in their logos. “As a producer of food for people with a variety of dietary needs, Leakers are proud to sponsor the Jurassic Coast Run and wish all runners a great race”, said Jemima Dasent of Leakers Bakery.

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run starts Sunday, 6 August, at 10:30 am from The Old Salt House in West Bay. Registration for the races is still open online through the websites of Runners World (www.runnersworld.co.uk) and RunBritain (www.runbritain.com); see “Bridport Jurassic Coast Run” under “Events” or “Races”.

Guided run on Jurassic Coast 10k route tomorrow evening

In preparation of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run on 6th of August, Bridport Runners are offering a ‘guided run’ around the Jurassic Coast 10K route tomorrow. Bridport Runners have done that before, so everyone who wants to get familiar with the challenging course is invited to participate for free. It’s also a good opportunity to have a go at it, if you are thinking of running it.

Meeting point is tomorrow (19 July), 6pm, in West Bay by the Windy Corner Café. The usual Wednesday Wellbeing group should meet at the Football Club at 6pm as normal.

Colmers 10k Challenge: “Brutal but with an awesome setting”

Colmers Hill 10k - Group pictureA big compliment to Joe and Amy from Transition Running for their debut race, the “Colmers 10k Challenge”! Seven Bridport Runners competed yesterday in that race around the iconic Colmers Hill which was, according to Adam (fastest Bridport Runner in that event in 46:51 min.), “brutal but with an awesome setting on the Symondsbury Estate”. Here are all results.

Despite being a local course it was “a disgustingly tricky little number when you try running the whole thing at race pace”, said Adam afterwards. “You run fast for the first half before hitting, what I’ll now be calling, ‘meat-grinder hill’ (which climbs steadily up to Broadoak Road), at this point things thankfully slackened off a bit before the hideous side of Colmers which reduced nearly everyone (including the lead runners) to walking.” There was, however, a fantastic finish into the Manor Yard where the runners were greeted by medals, goody bags, drinks, ice creams and the delights of Symondsbury Kichen and even optional massages from Joe.