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.
With the longer races already on the course, this meant there were people running at different paces, but there was plenty of room to manoeuvre. “I enjoyed running this course and would do it again”, resumes Tony. “It’s not a chipped time race but a nice flat circuit to try for a faster time.” Unfortunately the festival side of it was rained off – the run started at the campsite, and there was going to be a bar … but fingers crossed for next year! “Maybe we put Adam on the Enduro race and see how many laps he can do?”
Meanwhile Clive did the Black Hill 10K Trail Run in Bere Regis (Dorset), which he calls “a big-ish event with about 400 club runners”. The course was classic trail, nearly all on forest trails and footpaths across fields with a few climbs and a few descents. “I enjoyed it, it was very similar to the Forde Abbey 10K, actually”, Clive recalls after finishing in 53 minutes (no official results published, yet).
Bridport Runners are providing a new course, called ‘5k and beyond’, for all active people who are interested in running and want to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. It is a follow-on from the ‘Couch to 5k‘ classes that Bridport Runners have provided successfully over previous seasons and the Well-being running group held by the Club on Wednesdays since 2016.
The new course also aims to cater for the more able runner returning to or revisiting the basics of their running practice. It has been designed around the UKA ‘RunTogether’ training plan ‘keep me going’ and will be incorporated into the ‘RunTogether Group’ of Bridport Runners.
The course will consist of six sessions until the end of October, commencing Friday 21st September at 6:00 pm at The Bees carpark in Bridport (opposite of the Bridport Leisure Centre). Cost of this course (payable on registration) is £15 which can be offset against Club membership fee for the remaining season; existing Bridport Runners Club members go free.
Bridport Runner Ben Renshaw finished 169th in today’s Great North Run in Newcastle in a time of 1 hour 23 minutes 44 seconds. To put that in perspective: According to the organisers there were 43,000 runners starting in this half-marathon, making Ben a member of the top 0.4% (!) of all finishers. Well done, Ben – Bridport Runners are proud of you! Ben’s split times were spot-on: 18:16 min. for 5k, 38:19 for 10k and just under one hour (59:25) after 15k which meant he was running every kilometre under 4 min. (or every mile under 6:25 min.) “Geezers, I wasn’t expecting that heat!”, commented Ben after the race. “Still it cooled down around ten miles in, and I felt a lot better and put in a strong finish. Still that’s another one of my bucket list!”
Winner of the prestigious race which claims to be the world’s biggest half-marathon was British athlete Mo Farah who won the Great North Run for the fifth consecutive year in a time of 59:26 min, only four seconds short of his best result on this event.
Looking already for a Christmas present for a fellow Bridport Runner (or yourself)? The Edinburgh Marathon Festival will take place on May Bank holiday, 25/26 May 2019, and one Bridport Runner can have a free place.There is a new route with more of Edinburgh’s city centre sights and continuing through East Lothian. The race event also offers junior races, a 5k, a 10k, a half-marathon race and a team relay. In recent years, Andrew, Tom and Joy represented Bridport Runners on this fast and flat course. If you are interested in getting the free place, please apply to Vicky by 30th of September 2018. If there’s more than one applicant, then the winner will be drawn out of a hat
Neither gales, rain nor mist can stop a hard bunch of runners, especially not Ruth. Inspite the drop in temperatures, mist up Thorncombe Beacon and sheets of rain, 167 runners started in last Sunday’s sixth edition of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run – a record attendance and an increase from last year’s 154 contestants. Winner of the half-marathon race was, once again, Ruth Barnes repeating her victory from last year. The athlete, starting for Avon Valley Runners, finished the two loops of the tough course along the Coast path in adverse weather conditions in 1 hour 39 minutes and 5 seconds. Fastest male runner over that distance was Benoit Morkel, a guest student from Namibia, in 01:41:28.
Winner of the second race over 10k was Neil Wicks from Worcester Tri Club in a time of 44 min. and 22 sec. – a new course record from the time of 46:01 min. set in 2016. Fastest female finisher over 10k was Sarah Orr from Wimborne AC in 57:37 min. Once more the races had been organised by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club and for the first time was chip-timed with support of sports technology firm Full On Sport.
Please find here all provisional results of the half-marathon and of the 10k and continue to see the gallery more pictures of the event. (pictures by John Dobinson, Graham Sutton and Clive Whaley with courtesy of Bridport Runners. Thanks, guys!). Continue reading