The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run is back in 2018 – and this year both the 10k and the half-marathon will be chip-timed races. Also for the first time, the running event has been certified as a fell race (Grade B) under the rules of the Fell Runners Association (license number 2018-5942). Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty – it is considered one of the toughest forms of cross country running. The two tough multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which start from West Bay and lead runners along the Coast path, will take place on Sunday, 12th of August. The races are open for runners of all abilities from the age of 16 (10k) or 17 years (half-marathon). Registration for the races is now open online through FullOnSport. Continue reading
With the first races lined up for the 2018 race calendar, here’s an event that will take one Bridport Runner to Scotland next May: The Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2018 will take place on the weekend of 26/27 May 2018 and will consist of a 5k, a 10k, half- and full-marathon, also there’s a team relay. The marathon and half will start from the heart of Edinburgh City and go through East Lothian. In recent years, a couple of Bridport Runners have competed in this (mainly) flat marathon ─ which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, according to the organisers ─ e.g. Andrew, Joy and this year Vicky’s sister Emma, as well. The organisers offer a free place for Bridport Runners. To apply for the place, please respond to Vicky by 30 November; if more than one Bridport Runner applies, the winner of the free place will have to drawn out of a hat.
Last Sunday Chris, Adam, Kazy, Tony, Erin, Rachael M., Jess, Ben R. (from left to right on the picture) and Vicky’s sister Emma took on the Stickler, with injured Vicky and family in support. The race, organised by the Dorset Doddlers, is also known as Dorset’s Three Peaks Challenge. There were 542 finishers in this 10 mile long race, and Bridport Runners did well, with Adam coming in as first Bridport Runner in 1 hr. 23 min. and 59 seconds despite still recovering from his nasty accident in summer. “It was a bottle neck nightmare at the start, not as hilly as I feared, loved it,” said Adam afterwards. “Next year, I’m going race fit!” And while Kazy, second female Bridport Runner to finish, was full of praise for the race (“It was a lovely stunning Sunday autumn morning run. So nice to finish at the old English train station!”), Jess was more concerned about the health of livestock on the course, as you can read in her report of The Stickler. Continue reading
As a UK Athletics affiliated Club, Bridport Runners get a free place for Britain’s most prestigious marathon every year. To apply for that place, the applicant must have been a paying Club member for at least a year, beginning from 1 October 2017 (for the 2019 place) and must have entered the London Marathon ballot but did not receive a place through the ballot. Also, priority is given to those runners who have not had a place before.
Whilst a number of Bridport Runners were having fun at races closer to home last weekend, Jess and her husband Ben headed north to the Lake District to take part in the season finale of the Lakeland Trails 2017 series. Seems like the Lake District runs are very scenic and getting more popular among Bridport Runners, as both of them and Ruth had run in a section of the Lakeland Trail series, in Keswick on the bank of Derwent Water, before. On this particularly weekend, however, Jess and Ben did not only do two races on two consecutive days over 15k (Ben) and 10k (Jess and Ben on the 2nd day) but also achieved brilliant times, especially in the second race. Part of their success might come down to their ‘sensible recovery plan’ after the first race, which consisted of recovery cocktails/beers, pasta and lemon tarts.
Here’s Jess’ write up of the weekend … Continue reading