Youth Club receives donation from Bridport Jurassic Coast Run to continue to develop sports activities

Jurassic Coast Run donation to Bridport Youth Centre (15-02-2017)Bridport Youth Club is the beneficiary of a donation of £1,000, given by Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners to the Youth Club’s management yesterday. The money is aimed at establishing and developing sports activities in the Club which depends on private donations since Dorset County Council stopped funding the Club in autumn 2016. Half of the amount was raised from entrance fees of last year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, while the other half was donated by Brit Valley Rotary Club from their local charity fund.

For the last three years the two community groups have been supporting local projects which are helping children and youngsters to take part in sporting activities or being physically active. Former recipients were the Cross Country squad at the Sir John Colfox Academy and special needs children from Mountjoy School.

Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley who will join the Youth Club’s Trust Board, said: “Youngsters, especially aged between 12 and 16, need regular sports to support their physical and mental development. Some of them begin to turn into ambitious athletes at that age. We hope that the joint donation of our two community clubs will help in establishing the right activities for these young people.”

Brian also announced that the new edition of this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will take place on Sunday, 6th of August, during West Bay Days and will consist of a 10k and a half-marathon race again.

CTS Lulworth: “Unfinished business” closed

For some it was “unfinished business”, for others it was just a distance they hadn’t done on this course, yet: The CTS Dorset in Lulworth Cove is one of the toughest, if not the toughest cross-country run in the Southwest, as many Bridport Runners will testify. Last Sunday, Kazy, Claire and Clive and hopefully soon-to-become-Bridport-Runner Chris Monteith competed in three different distances – the 10k (Clive), the half-marathon (Kazy and Claire) and the Ultra (Chris) … and they all came back with quite a story to tell.

But first for the results: Clive ran the 10k in 55:54 which made him 17th overall and fastest in his age group. Congratulations! Kazy finished the half-marathon in 3 hrs. 27 min. and 8 sec. and Claire in 3:50:05 (she ran a bit extra). Chris came home from the Ultra in 06:53:09 – not that time would matter over such a long distance on such an extreme course. Well done, to all of you! See all results here.

Clive was very pleased with his result and immediately did the maths: “I was really pleased to get 17th out of 228 and win my age group (MV55) by over 7 minutes! Interestingly, the amount of climbing in the 10K was approximately 310 metres, so it is almost identical to our Jurassic 10K.” Kazy seemed to be less interested in her result (“I think I got a respectable 4th female vet, a tiny bit slower than before I won the category that year.”) but was happy to have a familiar run near home: “It feels more friendly somehow. The run is absolutely stunning with its views, and the event is exceptionally well organised!”

Only Claire was understandably a bit disappointed: “I’m annoyed because I ran it this year in order to lay it to rest after missing out two years ago when I was ill. So I really wanted to just get it done. The problem was, I ended up running a bit of the marathon route because I blindly followed a marathon runner. I only realised after I got to the top of the hill! I think it took me about 20 minutes of going the wrong way and standing around wondering what to do!” Well, Claire there’s for sure another CTS run next year!

Santa Run: A test run with minced pies

First you have to run ─ then you get your minced pie! West Bay Days’ Committee hosted their traditional Christmas Tree light up at the Harbour Green today and Bridport Runners contributed to the event with their first “Santa Run”. Even though the number of runners on the 5k race around West Bay and the harbour side was relatively small, they all liked the speedy and mainly traffic free course. Winner of the 5k was 16 year old Joseph Sherwood in 18 minutes 32 sec., followed by his two year younger brother Harry (19:52) and 17 year old Kieran Mulhall (20:35). Well done, boys! See the 5k results here. In the 1 mile Fun Run Eli Ross and Rowan Crane were the fastest boy and the fastest girl.

Exhausted, but beaming both younger and older runners enjoyed afterwards lovely minced pies, biscuits and hot coffee in St. John’s Church, supplied The West Bay Women’s Institute and donations from local people and businesses, and the concert by St. Swithun’s Band. Thanks a lot to all the helpers of Bridport Runners, to Jane, Kay and Astrid and the West Bay Days’ Committee!

“The run was good today , hopefully word of mouth will get more runners next time”, said Bridport Runner Sarah afterwards who helped in registering the runners and giving out medals. Right she is! Judging this first event as a “test run”, the organisers agreed that Santa needs more company next year, so they set a date for the Santa Run 2017 already: Sunday, 3rd of December 2017, it is with the 5k race starting around 3:00 pm from The Harbour Green in West Bay!

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.”