The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2019 is open for entries now. In its 7th year, the well-known race event in the South West has once more a tough 10k(ish) course and an even tougher half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast on offer, leading runners all the way up from West Bay to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back. The races will start Sunday, 11 August 2019, 10:30am, from the promenade in West Bay, Bridport. Online entries can be accessed via Full on Sport.
Both races are, once more, classified as fell races by The Fell Runners Association (license number 2019-6112). Winning time for the 10k last year (and course record so far) was 44:21, run by Neil Wicks from Worcester Tri Club. The winning time on the half-marathon 2018 was 1:39:05 by Ruth Barnes from Avon Valley Runners who had won the half-marathon the previous year, as well.
Bridport Runners started the 2019 race season at the Weymouth parkrun with a Bang! 18 Bridport Runners attended the highly frequented, quick 5k race – and Ben Renshaw came first place in a time of 17 min. 29 seconds. Second Bridport Runner and still in the Top 10 was Chris Monteith in 19:17, third finisher from Bridport was Sam Rose in 20:03. Well done to the whole team (including Ruth who was marshalling and taking pictures on the day)! See all official parkrun results here.
The interim course along the Weymouth beach front attracted almost 500 runners this morning, and Bridport Runners represented the 2nd biggest team after Egdon Heath Harriers (51 runners). Among them were first-time park runners like Mike Budd as well as parkrun veterans such as Chris (71 runs). The first race of the new year brought new PBs for Tony Logan, Claire Wynn and Victoria Ackerman, John Riley’s first race after a longer pause, Tanya Remnant on her first run in Weymouth, and a fierce competition between Claire and Hagen Gerle for place 80 which ended in a draw (same official time). The Weymouth parkrun also marked the first out of 22 optional races in the 2019 Club Championship (five are needed to qualify). Adam Slater has kindly calculated the following preliminary interim leader board with this morning’s official results.
In the new year ahead, Bridport Runners will be competing in an even bigger number of races locally, in Britain and abroad than they did in 2018. The Bridport based running club will also support more people who want to get into running in 2019 but might find it hard to start the sport because of physical or mental reasons.
Sometime around the London Marathon (28 April), Bridport Runners will start the 10th edition of their popular ‘From Couch to 5k’. This six weeks’ training program will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. Over the years, the course has motivated around 100 women and men to start running, and many have continued the sport.
Since 2016, there has been also a ‘well-being group’, which offers an easy entry into running and is a welcoming environment for people with mental health issues, as well. ‘All our training sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified ‘Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness’”, explains Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley. Continue reading
Bridport Runners are wishing all Club members, their families, friends and every runner out there a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year! Despite the festive days, there will be some running going on with a run (9 to 10 miles) on Boxing Day, meeting 11.00 am at The Clockhouse Inn in Chideock. “Terrain is off-road and hills if dry, road if very wet”, says Kazy who’s organising that run. There will be NO official led session on Boxing Day in the evening “but if people want to turn up as usual, they can organize a social run between themselves”, says coach Brian. Sunday run is on at 30th of December, 9:00 am from West Bay, and the next regular training will take place on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 6.00 pm.
If you feel restless, bored or under-challenged during the supposedly more quiet days, you might want to look into planning your race diary for 2019 … A good start might be by reading some of Bridport Runners’ stories during the year on our website and on Facebook, looking at Clive’s photo impressions of the 2018 Jurassic Coast Run (for your diary: the 2019 race is licensed and will be held on 11th of August 2019) or Adam’s final “Club Championship 2019: The official race list.” And if you are keen on doing your first race very early next year: The South West Cross Country Championships are being held at Aldon Hill, Yeovil, on 6th January 2019.
It’s been a highly competitive but also an inspiring and much-talked about event for Bridport Runners – their first ever Club Championship. With the Maverick Dark Dorset run last weekend as a grande finale (for Adam unfortunately not such a good one as he writes in a blog), the leaderboard is finalized and the winners in the different categories are complete. 37 club members participated in 18 races in total over the whole year with 20 Bridport Runners completing the minimum requirement of 4 races to get into the leaderboard, which makes a total of 136 race entries – from Weymouth Parkrun to the Maverick Dark Dorset. Lots of praise from Bridport Runners go to Adam and Ben who started the whole event and calculated accurately (or so we hope at least) the current leaderboard after each race. “it’s been brilliant! Thank you for organising”, wrote Jess on Facebook. “One of the best things Bridport Runners have ever organised”, said Hagen, and Chair Brian summed it up: “This has had a great positive effect on the club!”
And here are the winners of Bridport Runners first Club Championship … Continue reading