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Paul will represent Club in the Bournemouth Marathon 2018

Paul Eaton has has been selected to represent Bridport Runners in this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival. The two day festival with a variety of distances will take place on 6/7 October. There was interest from four runners in all, and Paul’s name was pulled out of a hat. Congratulations, Paul, and keep on going with your training! Running in the Bournemouth Marathon has become a Club’s tradition since the event started in 2013. Other Bridport Runners to have participated in the festival were Vicky, Ben and Kazy. In later years, so did Gill and Jodie, Sam, Ben and Niamh, Debbie, Lucy and Sam, Sarah, Karen and Debbie.

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 wins three local sponsors and exceeds 60 pre-entries

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 is gaining interest among supporters and runners alike. The two tough multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which will take place on Sunday, 12th of August, have passed the number of 60 pre-entries and have won three local companies as sponsors. The new sponsors of this year’s event which is in its sixth year, are Rachel’s Seafood Kiosk, Patrick Tuck Building & Plumbing and Townsend Powder Coating. All three firms are companies from Bridport and West Bay and supporters of local sports. Continue reading

Ruth’s return to the Keswick Mountain Festival

Ruth obviously has a thing for racing in the Lake District: Whilst fellow Bridport Runners chased ponies over Welsh mountains or pounded the pavements of Weymouth, she returned to the Keswick Mountain Festival once more to banish last years ‘weather event’ 10km. “It is a great event for a weekend away with 5, 10, 25 and 50 km trail races, cycle sportive and triathlons of various distance, plus a festival site with stands and talks and music concert which is included in the race entrance”, Ruth raved about the Festival. This year, she had set her feet at the 25 km trail race. “It had seemed a splendid idea, sat by a roaring fireside one January weekend”, says Ruth who did probably not expect at that time that the heat could actually get quite uncomfortable … Read here complete report. Continue reading

New coaching rota for this summer is out

For everyone who’s doing Bridport Runners’ Wednesday training (or is thinking about joining): Here’s the Club’s coaching rota until autumn 2018. The plan shows what is planned for each Wednesday and which qualified Coach or Leader in Running fitness will lead the training. On Wednesday evenings the Club meets at 6.00 pm at the car park of the Bee’s football stadium, opposite the Bridport Leisure Centre. On these intense training sessions, which usually last about an hour and a half, we normally do speed work, intervals and hill repetitions. For any questions about the plan, please contact the training group.

Man v. Horse 2018: Bridport Runners on tour to Painscastle

MvH - Bridport Runners from a different perspective 2How do you describe a ‘Bridport Runners on tour’ weekend in a few lines? How to summarize all the impressions and special moments of 11 runners and 6 (!) support team members? And how do you live up to taking part in one of the most remarkable races in Britain, at all – The Man v Horse 2018Brian, Tony, Jess, Vicky, Ben (Renshaw), Hagen, Chris, Adam, Claire, Jim and Kazy started as two relay teams and eight solo runners in this year’s Man v Horse. The Welsh classic cross-country race has been going on since 1980 and started as a bet in a Welsh pub: Who would be faster over a  mountainous terrain – a horse or a runner? With the Bridport Runners travelled a fantastic support team to consisting of Jane, Astrid, Nicky, Ben (Loudon), Ben (Maskrey) and Chris (Vincent-Janes). And as it was a long journey, the majority of them stayed over the weekend in a very remote farmhouse near a place called Painscastle …

This year, more than 600 runners competed with 47 horses (and their riders), among them celebrities such as BBC presenter Sophie Raworth and a former Welsh 400 meter runner, Iwan Thomas. Without spoiling the beans: It was, once more, a horse (Ronnie, ridden by Peter Davies) that won this year’s race before a solo human runner after a gruesome 22 miles – but only by a small margin of 23 seconds! Thanks to hard training, pure stubbornness and despite injuries and hardship, all Bridport Runners finished this tough race without injuries. First Bridport Runner to cross the divided finish line for horses and runners was Adam in 3 hrs. 22 min 34 sec. before Ben and Chris.

So, read here the participants most memorable impressions of that weekend, see the pictures and find out the results … Continue reading