Bicton Blister and Blister Lite: No leisurely Sunday stroll!

Bridport Runners have participated in a new race this Sunday which will surely make it on the short list for next year’s race calendar: the Bicton Blister (10 mile race) and the Blister Lite (4.5 miles).  A group of eight Bridport Runners made their way to Bicton College from where the two races started at a reasonable time, which was 11:00. While four Bridport ladies – Vicky, Niamh, Ruth and Nancy – choose the Blister Lite, the four men – Brian, Tony, John (Riley) and Hagen – started in the 10 miler. So there was definitely something in it for everyone (if you didn’t mind the cool temperature and chilly winds).

The crowd of runners on the day consisted to a large extent of members from local running Clubs from Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall – from “A” like Axe Valley Runners to “Y” like Yeovil Town RCC. A staggering 448 runners finished the 10 mile course, another 106 did the shorter Bicton Blister. In the Blister Lite, the first Bridport Runner to finish was … Continue reading

Santa Run will take quick youngsters and families around West Bay

santa-run-2016-poster-frontBridport Runners will be organising a “Santa Run”  (5k and 1 mile family run) around West Bay to take place before West Bay Days’ annual “Christmas Tree on the Green” celebration. The event with brass band, carols and tree lighting ceremony will happen on the afternoon of Sunday, 4th of December. The 5k run on a mainly flat and traffic free course is especially tailored for young runners (11 years up) and will start at 2:00 pm in front of St. John’s Church in West Bay. There will also be a 1 mile flat “Fun Run” for families with young children along the harbour and the Esplanade. Race tickets cost £5 per person for the 5k and £10 for families and will include a medal and seasonal refreshment at the Christmas Tree event. Tickets can be bought on the day and through Bridport Runners in advance. If you are interested to do the run, please fill out this entry form and bring it with you on the day or respond to this email address:

All proceeds from the event will go to support West Bay Days’ four nominated local charities for 2016: Bridport Barracudas, Bridport Youth Football Club, Greenhills and West Bay Women’s Institute. Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley is delighted to host this event in West Bay: “This year we had our Bridport Jurassic Coast Run at West Bay Day for the first time. It was very well perceived by everyone involved, not the least because of the support of the Harbour Master and West Bay Days’ Committee. With the Santa Run we would like to return our gratitude for their help.”

Bridport Runners welcome two new fully qualified “Coaches in Running Fitness”

3rd Beginners Group - Beginners and Coaches at Parkrun WEY Feb 2015Bridport Runners are celebrating two new qualified Coaches to the Club: Clive Whaley and Brian Shelley both passed their assessments in Southampton and Nottingham respectively. They are now qualified England Athletics “Coaches in Running Fitness”. Through this qualification, Brian and Clive have taken the next step in professional coaching for athletes after having already served Bridport Runners as “Leaders in Running Fitness” for some years. Well done to both of you!

Their assessments marked the finale of an intensive course which covered core coaching and fundamental running skills as well as athlete development and planning. After nearly a year of learning and trying out different techniques on members of Bridport Runners – from warm-ups to running drills and stretching –, Brian and Clive can now not only organise and lead complete training sessions but also advise runners on their individual goals, e.g. how to achieve a certain time in a race like the London Marathon. This knowledge is open to everyone who is a member of Bridport Runners.

Ben Renshaw finishes 3rd in III. Internacional Maráton Santa Cruz de Tenerife

maraton-de-tenerife-ben-renshaw-2nd-right-finishes-3rdBridport Runners’ fastest athlete, Ben Renshaw, has finished 3rd place in the III. Internacional Maratón Santa Cruz de Tenerife today. Ben crossed the finish line in a time of 2 hours 57 minutes 7 seconds behind winner and local hero Miguel Angel Vaquero Agama and runner-up Alejandro García Torres. In the high-class field of 166 competitors, Renshaw fought his way to the podium despite almost pulling out at mile six. The place on the podium marks Ben’s best position in a marathon race, so far.

maraton-de-tenerife-tony-ben-kazy-and-adam-after-their-racesBen wasn’t the only triumphant athlete from Bridport today – a team of four Bridport Runners had travelled to Tenerife on Thursday for the race: Ben, Kazy and Adam started in the marathon while Tony took on the half-marathon among 618 other competitors. Bridport Runners did very well: Adam finished second Bridport Runner as number 13 overall in the marathon in a time of 3:18:56, and Kazy completed the race in 4:07:08. Tony, for whom it was his first half-marathon race ever, came in at 2:42:55 despite having problems with his leg before. See all results here.

“I was very pleased with the times even though I was a bit slow”, comments Ben on the race, “but the first lap was so hot, I nearly pulled out at six miles. So I changed my race plan and pulled back 1 minute per mile and sat there for a while. Then the temperature dropped, and I managed to claw back into overtaking into 3rd place a mile before the finish.”

Congratulations to you athletes in Tenerife from all Bridport Runners in Dorset for this great achievement!

The Stickler: A happy birthday run for Claire!

claires-birthday-run-the-stickler-2016-30-10-2016Just having turned another year older the day before, Claire could not be stopped in doing “The Stickler” yesterday. She was joined on that tough 10 mile race by fellow Bridport Runners Ben (Loudon) and John (Riley) and two of Ben’s friends, Graham and Simon. Despite being a bit slower than in last year’s Stickler, Claire left her male Club competitors behind her, finishing in 1 hour 42 minutes (watch time). Next to finish in this group was Graham, then Simon, Ben and John – who had just made it to the start line as the gun went off. Birthday girl Claire was very happy after the race: “Lovely day and lovely course as always. A great way for me to celebrate my birthday. Family came to watch, and then I got a lovely meal with some other friends afterwards.”