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Extend your reach to ‘5k and beyond’

5k is only just the start: Becky, a former participant of the ‘Couch to 5k’ at the Weymouth Parkrun in 2015 (picture by Clive Whaley with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

After taking part in Bridport Runners’ ‘Couch to 5k‘, are you ready to take the next step? Anyone interested in running and wanting to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance (5k / 3 miles) is invited to join Bridport Runners’ ‘5k and beyond’. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. ‘5k and beyond’ starts Wednesday 12th June, at 6:00 pm, the course will last for 6 weeks and costs £12; Bridport Runners Club members go free. Meeting point is the Bees’ carpark in Bridport (opposite of the Bridport Leisure Centre).

Free place for Bournemouth marathon festival

Debbie Cox, Lucy Prowse and Sam Etherington: Three former Bridport Runners that raced in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2015 (picture with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

This local running festival launched in 2013 hosts a range of races ranging from a supernova 5km to a full marathon. Held on 5-6 October 2019 the race organisers have offered one free entry for any of the adult races to a lucky club member. Full event details may be viewed here.

To be in the draw for this free place please email your details to club secretary Jess Maskrey by Monday, 17th June 2019, at the latest. The draw will take place at the next Wednesday club training night. Usual conditions apply that you must have been a fully paid up member of Bridport Runners for a full year prior to the race, wear the club race vest at the race and complete a race report.

A weekend smorgasbord

Whatever the area of interest, age or level of training: members from Bridport Runners proved that running can truly be for everyone with a weekend of activities spread across the southern region.

Jess running in the Hellstone Half, near home in Litton Cheney (photo with courtesy of Steve Davis)

On the start line of the Hellstone Half and Marathon at Little Bredy in the beautiful Bride Valley, nine members undertook a stunning and challenging trail route. The half option was part of the very popular 2019 Club Championship series. First Bridport Runner home was Chris Monteith finishing in 7th place overall in a time of 01:53:35. Equalling Chris’ sterling efforts was Bridport Runners’ first lady home, Claire Wynn, in a time of 02:16:25, placing her 32nd overall and an impressive 7th lady finisher.

Over the full marathon distance Adam Slater completed the 26 miles with over 1,000 m of ascent in 03:46:18, finishing in a magnificent 1st place overall. Leading Bridport Runners’ lady Rachael Moss completed in a very strong time of 04:46:51, placing her on the winners podium as 3rd lady overall. A social BBQ later in the day was hosted by Jess for all to enjoy. See the race results.

Meanwhile running legend Les Hawkins completed the hilly Dorchester 10k race in a strong time of 1:04:25, placing him first in his age category MV70.

Kazy completing the Bridport half-marathon (photo with courtesy of Kazy Vincent Janes)

Back in our home town Tony Logan, Raymonde Woodman and Kate Drew (a recent graduate of the successful Bridport Runners ,Couch to 5K’ programme) completed the Bridport 10K racing on our familiar streets and by-ways. Kazy Vincent-Janes opted for the half distance, completing in sub two hours, a tremendous achievement. Kazy said of the race: “Very sunny, very nice, a few hilly slopes but a largely flat and pretty route”

Proving that there is something for everyone, self confessed parkrun addict Ruth Camps and husband Matthew took part in the Woolacoombe Dunes parkrun on the north Devon coast. Ruth said “what a spectacular location with very tough running on soft sand with the dreaded dune of doom towards the end of the 5k run.”

For those not racing, the usual Sunday club run also took place from the West Bay Hotel car park, although with a reduced number of runners, none the less it was reported that they all had a superb time.

London Marathon 2019: “Support is legendary and spirit of human kindness is out of this world”

Simon in his latest London Marathon experience, running for Macmillan Cancer support

Bridport Runners’ member Simon Jordan recently completed the epic 26.2 miles for the second time. Here is his race report.

“The London Marathon is a once (or twice in my case) in a lifetime event that everyone should do. It’s like a 26.2 mile party. The support is legendary and the spirit of human kindness is out of this world. People from all walks of life cheering you on.

The 2019 event started chilly with a bit of wind so we all huddled together in our areas to keep warm before we were finally ushered over the start line. I broke my race down into 5 mile chunks which made it more manageable . There were more drinks stations than you could want and so many people offering out sweets to keep you going. The Cutty Sark was the first point to aim for at 6 miles, then Tower Bridge at halfway. Then it was on to Canary Wharf.

Overall it was a great race but my thing to remember next tie is don’t take out of date gel packs. I finally crossed the line and felt the relief it had ended. It was hard and 24 hours later I’m still feeling it but have a smile on my face and a medal to add to my collection. Two words I’ll leave you with: Do it!”

Chris and Simon race at London Marathon

Tried many times to get into the London marathon – finally successful with the club place: Chris Monteith

Bridport Runners had two runners at this years’ London Marathon. Racing in the Club’s distinctive black and white stripes Chris Monteith, who won the club entry, finished in a very credible time of 03:38:46. Having completed, Chris said that the race was “a rather surreal 26-mile emotional rollercoaster, the first 19 of which were really enjoyable.”

“London Marathon is hard – give me trails any day”: Simon Jordan

Simon Jordan (who was running for Macmillan Cancer Support) is more usually seen running on trails than road, completed the race in a hard fought 05:37:41. Post-race Simon’s views on the London Marathon were: “It’s like a huge but painful party, the support is legendary, and I would recommend it to anyone.“ Well done to both Bridport Runners!