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.
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