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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Overall it was a great race but my thing to remember next tie is don’t take out of date gel packs.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!

Bridport Runners race overseas at the Paris Marathon

Five runners from the club took part in the 43rd Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on Sunday, 14th April 2019. The race is billed as one of the most prestigious road marathon races in terms of both number of entrants and performance of runners.

The Eiffel Tower, one of the iconic landmarks in this year’s Paris marathon (picture by Ben Renshaw with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

Leading the club home was experienced member Ben Renshaw completing in a very competitive time of 02:36:21 placing him in 109th position from 49,155 runners on the start line.

Sisters Vicky and Emma Ackerman completed the iconic course, which passes well known landmarks including the Tour Eiffel and the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, in 04:19:21 and 04:14:04 respectively.

Husband and wife team Jon and Laura Lombard were reunited after having crossed the finish line on the Avenue Foch in 03:16:03 and 05:18:39. After successfully completing the race Ben Renshaw said that they were “over the moon with the results and amazing memories.”

Take a tour along the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run course!

With the weather being so wonderful this Easter Bank holiday weekend, it’s a good chance to check out the course of this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run. Just put on some sun cream, take something to drink and go for a long walk (or run), starting from West Bay going all the way up westwards to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back.

If you rather prefer following a virtual tour of the whole course, you can see an animated video of the course here for the 10k and here for the half-marathon. More information and updated “Frequently Asked Questions” about the race can be found on the event page. The tough 10k(ish) race and the half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast will start Sunday, 11 August 2019, 10:30am, from the promenade in West Bay, Bridport. Online entries are open for the half-marathon and for the 10k via Full on Sport.

‘From Couch to 5k’ running course runs for the 10th time

It started as a small experiment almost six years ago, when Bridport Runners launched their first ‘From Couch to 5k’. This year, the Bridport based running club will hold the 10th edition of their popular six weeks’ training program which will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. Over the years, more than 90 women and men have completed the course, and many have continued running. The new training program will start Wednesday, 24th of April (four days before the London Marathon), from 5:45 to 7:00 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park; costs are, once more, £12. Training sessions will be held every consecutive Wednesday night for six weeks and will be led by Bridport Runners’ qualified coaches. To take part, please contact Brian Shelley (tel. 01308 459942) beforehand or just turn up to the training on the first evening.