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Ben runs sub 2:30 hr. on The 2019 Grizzly

Ben Renshaw, in the middle of training for this year’s Paris marathon, ran a frankly unbelievable time of 2:29:02 in yesterday’s 2019 Grizzly (“Trails of the Unexpected”) and finished 6th out of more than 1,600 runners. “To put that in perspective, Ben was running at 3:24 marathon pace”, explains race editor Adam. “but had to contend with over 3,000 feet of climbing, two rivers, two bogs, two stretches of beach and the infamous stairway to heaven – a long flight of very steep steps to climb the 400 feet from the beach to Beer Head.

Ben’s victory was the high point of a strong Bridport Runner’s team, consisting of Adam, Chris, Gill, Jessame and Rachael. Here are their preliminary results (Axe Valley Runners as the organisers have yet to post the final results on their website).

GRIZZLY RESULTS (1,601 runners)

6th – Ben Renshaw – 2:29:02

72nd – Adam Slater – 2:50:33

108th – Chris Monteith – 2:57:22

779th – Rachel Moss – 4:00:19

CUB RESULTS (590 runners):

278th – Gillian Brooks – 1:59:15

281st – Jessame Coulson – 1:59:30

“The 2019 Grizzly was preceded by a week of rain, so I think we all know where this one was heading”, reports Adam about the race. “19 and a bit miles of mud, mud and more mud, and the day itself did not disappoint.  Continue reading

Entries for Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, 11 August 2019, are open / See animated course video

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2019 is open for entries now. In its 7th year, the well-known race event in the South West has once more a tough 10k(ish) course and an even tougher half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast on offer, leading runners all the way up from West Bay to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back. You can see an animated video of the course here for the 10k and here for the half-marathon. The races will start Sunday, 11 August 2019, 10:30am, from the promenade in West Bay, Bridport. Online entries can be accessed via Full on Sport. 

Both races are, once more, classified as fell races by The Fell Runners Association (license number 2019-6112). Winning time for the 10k last year (and course record so far) was 44:21, run by Neil Wicks from Worcester Tri Club. The winning time on the half-marathon 2018 was 1:39:05 by Ruth Barnes from Avon Valley Runners who had won the half-marathon the previous year, as well. More information on our special Bridport Jurassic Coast Run page.

Strong team effort in Weymouth / Ben Renshaw wins parkrun in field of nearly 500 runners

Bridport Runners started the 2019 race season at the Weymouth parkrun with a Bang! 18 Bridport Runners attended the highly frequented, quick 5k race – and Ben Renshaw came first place in a time of 17 min. 29 seconds. Second Bridport Runner and still in the Top 10 was Chris Monteith in 19:17, third finisher from Bridport was Sam Rose in 20:03. Well done to the whole team (including Ruth who was marshalling and taking pictures on the day)! See all official parkrun results here.

The interim course along the Weymouth beach front attracted almost 500 runners this morning, and Bridport Runners represented the 2nd biggest team after Egdon Heath Harriers (51 runners). Among them were first-time park runners like Mike Budd as well as parkrun veterans such as Chris (71 runs). The first race of the new year brought new PBs for Tony Logan, Claire Wynn and Victoria Ackerman, John Riley’s first race after a longer pause, Tanya Remnant on her first run in Weymouth, and a fierce competition between Claire and Hagen Gerle for place 80 which ended in a draw (same official time). The Weymouth parkrun also marked the first out of 22 optional races in the 2019 Club Championship (five are needed to qualify). Adam Slater has kindly calculated the following preliminary interim leader board with this morning’s official results.

Bridport Runners: Get more people into running in 2019!

In the new year ahead, Bridport Runners will be competing in an even bigger number of races locally, in Britain and abroad than they did in 2018. The Bridport based running club will also support more people who want to get into running in 2019 but might find it hard to start the sport because of physical or mental reasons. 

Sometime around the London Marathon (28 April), Bridport Runners will start the 10th edition of their popular ‘From Couch to 5k’. This six weeks’ training program will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. Over the years, the course has motivated around 100 women and men to start running, and many have continued the sport.

Since 2016, there has been also a ‘well-being group’, which offers an easy entry into running and is a welcoming environment for people with mental health issues, as well. ‘All our training sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified ‘Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness’”, explains Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from Bridport Runners!

Bridport Runners are wishing all Club members, their families, friends and every runner out there a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year! Despite the festive days, there will be some running going on with a run (9 to 10 miles) on Boxing Day, meeting 11.00 am at The Clockhouse Inn in Chideock. “Terrain is off-road and hills if dry, road if very wet”, says Kazy who’s organising that run. There will be NO official led session on Boxing Day in the evening “but if people want to turn up as usual, they can organize a social run between themselves”, says coach Brian. Sunday run is on at 30th of December, 9:00 am from West Bay, and the next regular training will take place on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019, 6.00 pm.

If you feel restless, bored or under-challenged during the supposedly more quiet days, you might want to look into planning your race diary for 2019 … A good start might be by reading some of Bridport Runners’ stories during the year on our website and on Facebook, looking at Clive’s photo impressions of the 2018 Jurassic Coast Run (for your diary: the 2019 race is licensed and will be held on 11th of August 2019) or Adam’s final “Club Championship 2019: The official race list.” And if you are keen on doing your first race very early next year: The South West Cross Country Championships are being held at Aldon Hill, Yeovil, on 6th January 2019.