Last night was the first session of the new beginners group ‘From Couch to 5k’ ─ and despite the rain the new runners who took part quite enjoyed themselves. If you have missed that one: no problem. Bridport Runners still have places available, so please still come along and join next Wednesday at the car park by Bridport Football Club at 6.00 pm. For more information, please contact Brian (or call 01308-45 99 42).
Claire started in the half-marathon in Bristol, her home town, yesterday. Her aim: to break her personal best time. The Bristol Half Marathon is a rather flat course, so it doesn’t surprise that this race, which was first staged in 1989, attracted more than 10,000 starters. One of them was Bridport Runners’ Claire who aimed for a PB, even though “my training wasn’t quite as committed as I would have liked with summer holidays and the like”, she admits.
The course was great, particularly the part where the participants ran along the Portway (by the river and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge). “I felt very strong at this point”, Claire recalls, “however when I hit the City centre things started to get rather hard. I can’t tell you how many cobblestones I ran over but my legs are still feeling them this morning!” Anyhow: Despite cobblestones and the lack in training, Claire achieved her goal: She finished in 1:48:30 hr. which was a new PB by a good two minutes (see individual results here)! Well done, Claire!
Just a week before, Ruth was again on her mission to do one 10k race each month this year. This time she picked “The Something Wild Festival” in the Dartmoor. The event, organised by Wild Night Run, started near Hexworthy. “It was running up hill from the start onto moorland”, says Ruth, “with a nice rocky descent into boggy ground where I had to retrace my steps to recover a lost shoe!” Ruth not only made her way through the bog and finished the race under these conditions in a good 1:18:23 but even ended up 2nd veteran lady, only beaten by GB international trail runner Jo Meek. Read more about her race and her achievement. Continue reading
Bridport Runners will start their 8th beginners’ course ‘From Couch to 5k’ at the end of September. This six weeks’ training course will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. Once again, the training program will be run by qualified coaches from Bridport Runners and will cost only £12. The beginners will meet every Wednesday, starting 20th of September, from 5:45 to 7:00 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park. The other dates are September 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. To take part, anyone interested can contact Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian (tel. 01308 459942) beforehand or just turn up to the first training on the evening of September 20th.
Bridport Runners are confident that this latest edition of their popular course will once again bear some extra-ordinary runners over time as previous classes have shown: Runners like Ruth, Jess and Tony for example who have started running just a couple of years ago and now Continue reading
Five Bridport Runners and Vicky’s sister Emma did the amazing thing of running 36 miles in The Dartmoor Crossing yesterday – and they all made it to the finish! Even though results don’t really matter when you go over such a long distance, we’ll post them anyway. First Bridport Runner to finish was Clive in 6 hours 48 minutes and 38 seconds, then came “From-couch-to-ultra” Tony (8:57:31), Emma (9:02:10) and Vicky (9:02:13) finished almost together, and then came the most experienced ultra-marathon runners the Club has among its ranks, Ben Loudon (9:05:09) and Kazy (9:16:04). Well done to all of you – you really make Bridport Runners proud!
The 5th Bridport Jurassic Coast Run not only saw the biggest field of starters ever but also a female runner, winning the half-marathon for the first time: Ruth Barnes from Affpuddle, who has just recently moved to Dorset, won the gruesome 13 mile run along the Coast Path in 1 hour 35 minutes and 16 seconds, being almost 7 minutes faster than the next (male) finisher. The fastest runner in the 10k race was a local hero: Adam Gale of Bridport not only crossed but jumped over the ribbon in the finish after 47 min. 25 sec. Overall, 154 runners competed in the half-marathon and the 10k races which were a major attraction of this year’s West Bay Day.
Here are the preliminary results of the 10k and the half-marathon race (as of 7th of August 2017). Please find a gallery of pictures of the day which can be downloaded for free on the next page. All pictures taken by Astrid Rolle, Clive Whaley and Matt Camp (marked).
The races started with the famous ‘Broadchurch’ cliff at West Bay in the background, leading runners all the way up to the second highest hill on the South Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon, then down to Seatown (half-marathon runners only) and back through Downhouse Farm, Eype to West Bay. The half-marathon consisted of two loops. The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run had once more been organised by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club.
As with the other Bridport Jurassic Coast Runs before, there were many tales to tell about runners coming from far and wide: Like the one of Daniel who flew in from Malta and raised money for Faces charity; or the story of two deaf runners, who were accompanied by a guide on their 10k run; the adventures of the runners with the furthest travel, Stephen Forrest of Massachusetts in the United States, and Beate Lechenmeier from Winnenden in Germany, who are on holiday and signed in for the run; or the story about the oldest runner, Brian Grierson, who ─ being 77 years of age – had already done the Jurassic Coast Run the year before.
In its fifth year, the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, has become a community event and a recommended race among club runners from all over the Southwest: 43 runners from 31 different running clubs had entered Continue reading