The Stickler: “Great scenery, challenging hills, great company!”

In the fourth consecutive year Bridport Runners have entered The Stickler, it’s never been so cold and windy but then there has (almost) never been achieved a faster time by a Bridport Runner. Fighting his way up the three steep peaks which gave the race its by-name (“Dorset 3 Peaks Challenge”) and running along the tough but lovely 10-mile course through autumnal woods, beside streams and over lonely country lanes, Adam finished as first Bridport Runner in a time of 1:17:17 six minutes faster than his time in The Stickler last year and only 14 seconds slower than the result of Vlad in 2015.  Second Bridport Runner to finish was Chris, followed by Mike, Clive, Hagen, Kazy, Ray and Brian; see provisional results here.

The results of this race count for Bridport Runners’ Club Championship with Kazy entering for the first time, having completed her fourth race in the series. Fastest female finisher and second runner overall, by the way, was Ruth Barnes, the winner of our Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 and 2017.

A week earlier, Jess and John had participated in another 10 mile race, the Great South Run in Portsmouth. Among the more than 20,000 participants both achieved personal best times in this race: Jess finished in a time of 1:28:06, John being only slightly behind her with 1:28:15. Well done to all of you!

Hear why Ray isn’t sure how many hills he completed, what Clive thinks about the proportion of age to running time said and why Adam is thinking about changing his name to Samantha in The Stickler 2019.
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Bournemouth Marathon Festival: Paul finishes marathon on Club place, a determined ladies team in the half and a Shelley family gathering

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is always good for very personal stories. This year was no exception with Bridport Runners starting over three different distances, Paul doing his second marathon, accompanied by Bernadette; a dedicated ladies team (Gill, Glynis, Jodie, Emma and Rachel) in the half-marathon and Brian on a family gathering with his two sons Dan and Adam over the supersonic 10k route. Well done to all of you! You made the club (and yourselves) proud!

Let’s begin with our long-distance participants: Bernadette came in as first Bridport Runner over the marathon distance in a time of 4 hrs. 28 min. 4 sec. Paul who had won the  free Club place and had trained extremely hard over the last months for his second marathon finished in 4:48:37. See all results here.

Two hours earlier a determined Bridport Runners’ ladies team – Glynis, Gill, Jodie, Emma and Rachel – had set off for the half-marathon among nearly 3,900 other starters. First Bridport Runner to finish was Glynis in 2:07:47, then Gill (2:10:08), Jodie (2:18:07), Emma (2:31:02) and Rachel (2:43:36). It was the first half-marathon the five had done together. Jodie and Gill had already started in the Bournemouth half last year and improved their times significantly. The half-marathon times also had some effect on the positioning in the Club championship, as it was both Emma’s and Glynis’ fourth race which got them in the overall qualification.

Already on Saturday, the “Shelley boys” had their premiere: Brian and his two sons Dan (also a Bridport Runner) and Adam who has just recently got into running took on the Supersonic 10k. “Despite the cold and the crowds but luckily no rain, I managed my best 5k and 10k times for at least two years”, said Brian cheerfully afterwards. “I would have been happy with 63 minutes, but to come in at 61:45 was great. I also managed to keep an even pace for the whole race. All thanks to my two boys who kept coming back for me and literally dragged me along the finishing straight. All in all a great day!” 

Bridport Mind Fest: Feel the well-being effect of running

Bridport Runners will support the Bridport Mind Fest coming Saturday, 6 October, by linking running with a positive mental health message. The local running club will not only inform the public about the physical and mental benefits of running but also do a few warm-up exercises before guiding anyone interested on a gentle jog around their own ‘wellbeing loop’. Clive Whaley, Bridport Runner coach and mental health ambassador of the Club, will give an introduction into running as an active tool of gaining and sustaining mental health and the Club’s approach to Wellbeing at Bucky Doo Square at 11:45. The free fun session at St. Mary’s Playing Fields will start around 12:00 noon and will consist of some exercises and the wellbeing loop, a 2.5 kilometre course. No former running experience or fitness level required, only a pair of trainers or running shoes! Continue reading

Second evening of ‘5k and beyond’ still open for new entries

Are you ready to take the next step? Anyone interested in in running and wanting to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance is, once more, invited to join Bridport Runners’ new course ‘5k and beyond’ this Friday. It’s only the second evening of six sessions until the end of October. Meeting point is the Bees carpark in Bridport (opposite of the Bridport Leisure Centre) at 6:00 pm. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. Cost is £15; existing Bridport Runners Club members go free.

Thorney Run Festival / Black Hill 10K Trail Run: Where else would you go on a rainy weekend?

It was raining and pouring last Saturday – just the right conditions for five brave Bridport Runners to start in the Thorney Run Festival Gill, Jodie, Emma, Sam (picture left to right) and Tony Logan participated all for the first time in this multi-terrain race in Thorney (Somerset). The Run Festival comprised of a choice of a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and a 6 hour enduro event (no official results published, yet). “The rain had arrived early in the morning and stayed for the day, but fortunately the wind was gone”, describes Tony. All routes followed the same 5k loop (with an additional distance for half runners) which was “flat – really flat”, but the trail went through grass and around fields; small sections of woods and a muddy lane mixed the terrain up a bit. Continue reading