More than 130 runners in Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2019: “Challenging course, great atmosphere, well organised!”

Dena Whitehorn of New Forst Runners, still smiling (picture by Clive Whaley)

Under perfect weather conditions, yesterday’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run attracted 131 runners in the two races – among them many familiar faces (and winners) but also quite a few newcomers from far and wide. Overall 75 runners participated in the 10k race and another 56 in the half-marathon. Among them were many from the local area and neighbouring running clubs (such as Axe Valley Runners, Honiton Running Club, New Forest Runners and Poole AC), but also runners coming all the way from London, Birmingham area – and even a couple travelling to the Jurassic Coast from Sweden. The race, which is in its seventh year now, had been jointly organised by Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club.  

Runners going up Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the South Coast (picture by Clive Whaley)

Winner in the 10k was Ryan Obrien from Reading AC in a time of 51 minutes and 51 seconds. Fastest female runner over that distance was Juliet Morrice in 1 hour, 3 min. and 59 sec. Quickest male veteran runner (over 60 years) was Nigel Gates (Westbury Harriers) in  57 min.; he had previously won the 10k in 2016 and 2015. Madeleine Lomas from Charnwood AC was the fastest female veteran over 10k in 1:15:47, repeating her victories from 2018 and 2016. You can find all preliminary results of the 10k race here.

The half-marathon race saw Rob Collier of Axe Valley Runners dominating with a winning time of 01:45:27 – more than 10 minutes before the second placed runner, Philip Snarey. Fastest woman on the course was Rebecca Carven in 1:57:13, who was only pushed from third place overall with a sprint finish by Swedish participant Erik Mullers (FK Herkules). Kevin Lomas of Charnwood AC, who had won the 10k veteran competition last year, not only stepped up this year by competing in the half-marathon for the first time but also won his age category as fastest male veteran in 2:11:30. Fastest female veteran runner was, once more, Eleanor Wood of Axe Valley Runners in 2:14:26. See all preliminary half-marathon results here.

“It’s a very challenging fell race!”: An exhausted runner in his second loop of the half-marathon (picture: Clive Whaley)

“It’s not hard to understand why the race is so popular among other running clubs”, says Bridport Runners’ Chair Ben Renshaw, “as it is not only a beautiful course but also a very challenging fell race.” Both races had been, once more, classified as fell races by The Fell Runners Association (license number 2019-6112).

The tough 10k(ish) course and the even tougher half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast led runners all the way up from West Bay to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back.

Runners praised both the smooth organisation and the beautiful course afterwards: “Great event, well organised, super supportive marshals and helpful admin on arrival. It was challenging, but that’s what I wanted!”, wrote one participant on Bridport Runners’ Facebook page. “Definitely challenging course! Plenty of marshals who were friendly and supportive. Great atmosphere and it was so great to be cheered in by spectators”, commented another one. Members of local community groups, Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club were pleased to hear that as they had put in many hours of voluntary work before, on and after race day.

Online entries now closed / Entries on the day available

Online entries for the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run (10k and Half-Marathon) coming Sunday are now closed but runners can still sign in on the day. Registration is open from 8:45 to 10:00 am. Unfortunately, we won’t have any medals left for entries on the day but, in return we’ve reduced the entry fees on the day to £20 for the Half-Marathon and £15 for the 10k race.

Some remarks about race day: Please check the weather forecast and bring appropriate clothing. As it is an official Fell Race, we advise to check with the Fell Runners’ Association website for kit requirements. Off-road shoes are definitely recommended!

We have several aid and water stations along the course. However, we would ask runners to be sensible about (water) waste and litter. So, please carry and empty your water bottle before you pick up a new one. Start for both races is coming Sunday, 11 August, at 10:30 at the promenade in West Bay. There will be no cut-off times for either of the two races.

For more information please see our special page on the Bridport Runners’ website or our Facebook page.

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run – it’s a bit of a monster!


Ben “T-Rex” Renshaw on a ride up Thorncombe Beacon:
“It’s a killer, even if you have two strong legs like a tyrannosaurus!”
(picture by Adam Slater with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

Bridport Runners get the “Jurassic” back into the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2019. Among the growing number of entries for this year’s running event, the first dinosaur was spotted: Ben “T-Rex” Renshaw, Bridport Runners’ Chair, tested the tough course in his new running outfit. “It’s a killer, even if you have two strong legs like a tyrannosaurus!”, admitted Renshaw once he got on top of Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the South Coast and a landmark on this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run.

The tough 10k(ish) and an even tougher half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) races along the beautiful Jurassic Coast will take place Sunday, 11 August 2019, 10:30am, from the promenade in West Bay, Bridport. Online entries open via FullOnSport for the 10k race and for the half-marathon. More information on our special Bridport Jurassic Coast Run page.

Extend your reach to ‘5k and beyond’

5k is only just the start: Becky, a former participant of the ‘Couch to 5k’ at the Weymouth Parkrun in 2015 (picture by Clive Whaley with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

After taking part in Bridport Runners’ ‘Couch to 5k‘, are you ready to take the next step? Anyone interested in running and wanting to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance (5k / 3 miles) is invited to join Bridport Runners’ ‘5k and beyond’. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. ‘5k and beyond’ starts Wednesday 12th June, at 6:00 pm, the course will last for 6 weeks and costs £12; Bridport Runners Club members go free. Meeting point is the Bees’ carpark in Bridport (opposite of the Bridport Leisure Centre).

Free place for Bournemouth marathon festival


Debbie Cox, Lucy Prowse and Sam Etherington: Three former Bridport Runners that raced in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2015 (picture with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

This local running festival launched in 2013 hosts a range of races ranging from a supernova 5km to a full marathon. Held on 5-6 October 2019 the race organisers have offered one free entry for any of the adult races to a lucky club member. Full event details may be viewed here.

To be in the draw for this free place please email your details to club secretary Jess Maskrey by Monday, 17th June 2019, at the latest. The draw will take place at the next Wednesday club training night. Usual conditions apply that you must have been a fully paid up member of Bridport Runners for a full year prior to the race, wear the club race vest at the race and complete a race report.