Due to the snow and adverse weather, last weekend’s Grizzly, one of the main multi-terrain running events in the region, was cancelled … well, not quite, because runners were able to do the modified, shorter Cub version instead if they wanted. Bridport Runners Rachael und Clive actually did the crazy race in the snow. Here’s the whole story how Rachael tells it:
“This was my first Grizzly, and although, due to the wild howling gales, gleaming blankets of snow, and blinding blizzards, it was cancelled, all runners were able to do the modified Cub instead if they wanted. I was determined to make the most of the weekend soaking up the anticipation and atmosphere, arriving ridicously early and watching as more and more teeming thongs of people arrived, all in high spirits, all arriving at the The Gateway where the headquarters, bag drop and stalls were, with a coating of snow on their heads like a topping of icing sugar. And still the snow fell. Everywhere was glistening white. Continue reading
Ben (Renshaw) has won the Weymouth Bay 10k this morning. In a field of 238 runners, he finished first along the esplanade at the Weymouth harbour front in a time of 33:56 min. His time marks a new record on the course which had been 35:26 min. so far. It is Ben’s first win in three races that he has done this year. Together with Ben, 8 more Bridport Runners started on the field near the Riviera Hotel in Weymouth: Chris who came in second Bridport Runner, Clive as third, John, who made an impressive comeback after a longer injury period as 4th Bridport Runner, Claire, Hagen, Ray, Glynis and Vicky (see all results). Together they made Bridport Runners one of the strongest teams in the event.
The Weymouth Bay 10k also turned out to be a mothers day event, as well, with Vicky and Ben bringing Ben’s mother Kay and their daughter Martha along and Claire being accompanied by husband John and daughters Esme and Isabel. Commenting on the race, Claire said: “It was challenging, because of the start running round a hilly field and the headwind at the end. Not exactly PB potential but fun nether the less. And what better way to spend mothers day than with friends running a 10k race and being cheered on by my lovely family!”
In its latest Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Bridport Runners not only decided to give a race vest with the famous black-and-white stripes to every member for free and to raise the annual club fee moderately by £1 to £31, starting from April 2018. Bridport Runners’ (old and new) Chair Brian Shelley also started the meeting in the “Beach and Barnicott” by asking the 14 present members around the table about a reflection of their most memorable impressions, events and ideas of the last running year – which brought some some surprising insights … Learn more about the AGM, all newly elected officers and other topics discussed in Vicky’s meeting minutes
It’s known as one of the coldest, chilliest half-marathon races around – and a perfect test race for the London Marathon: the Blackmore Vale Half-Marathon. In it’s 26th year, the road half-marathon attracted 395 runners this morning, 9 of them being Bridport Runners: Kazy, Wendy, Amy, Ray, Chris, Sam, Ben, Adam and Hagen. And despite freezing temperatures and serious competition, they all did very well, with Ben coming in as fastest Bridport Runner 8th overall in a time of 1 hrs. 18 min and 44 sec., knocking off 5 seconds from his Blackmore Vale time in 2014. The race was the second in Bridport Runners’ new Club Championship. Sam, who was using this race as a training towards London and who started here for the first time, moans a bit about the temperatures in his following race report, but apart from that describes it spot-on. [Please note a tendency for inaccuracies in his report]. Continue reading
Bridport Runners have started the new running season with their first Club Championship, encouraging members to take part in at least four out of a selection of 14 different races all over the South West. The races cover different distances from a 5k parkrun to a 10k multi-terrain race and a street half-marathon. First one on the list was last Saturday’s Weymouth parkrun, a quick 5k race. New members are welcome to visit the Club, participate in the weekly training session, prove their competitiveness in the new Club Championship or join Bridport Runners on their other activities.
Eight Bridport Runners kicked off the running season with competing in the Weymouth parkrun on Saturday: Vicky, Jess, Ruth, Wendy, Ben (Renshaw), Tony, Norman and Chris. Fastest Bridport Runner and 2nd overall in a field of 383 runners (!) was Ben in a time of 17 min. 39 sec. Vicky (25:06) and Jess (25:35) managed to get new PBs in a parkrun. Well done and congratulations!
The parkrun in Weymouth was the first event in the new Club Championship. Members have to enter at least 4 out of 14 races in the South West which take place between now and November and count towards an overall leaderboard. Winners in different categories will be awarded at the Club’s Christmas party.
The Championship rounds up the plans of Bridport Runners’ already busy year which the Club have ahead of them: They will be launching their 9th ‘From Couch to 5k’ in spring – a six weeks’ session for total beginners and anyone who wants to get back into running. From May to September, the internal 5k series will be taking place, with a timed 5k race in West Bay every last Wednesday of a month. And on 12 August, the 6th edition of the ‘Bridport Jurassic Coast Run’ will start once more from West Bay. These are a 10k and a half-marathon race which have, for the first time, being given the status of a fell race, according to the rules of the Fell Race Association.