Only two more months until the 5th Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will take place in West Bay, and the preparations are well on their way. More than 50 runners have so far pre-entered online for the two races, the 10k and the half-marathon, and the course has been agreed. Due to its challenging route and inclination – including the second highest hill on the South Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon – the organisers have been advised that the race course fulfills the criteria to categorised as a “Fell Race”.
Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty. It is considered one of the toughest forms of cross country running. Bridport Runners who organise the race jointly with Brit Valley Rotary Club will apply for the Fell Race status next year. To get a better view of the course near its highest point, Bridport Runners have uploaded a short video on their website and Facebook page which was taken during last year’s race (click on the picture or here).
The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will start on Sunday, 6 August, at 10:30 near The Old Salt House and will be a major attraction during West Bay Days.
Registration for the races is open online through the websites of Runners World and RunBritain; see “Bridport Jurassic Coast Run” under “Events” or “Races”. Entrance forms are also available on Bridport Runners’ website and the Club’s Facebook page.
Bridport Runners have started their own little Club race tonight ─ a series of timed 5k runs along the promenade in West Bay. The run will take place on the last Wednesday of each month until October. The inauguration run tonight has already seen 11 Bridport Runners and two guest runners (thanks for joining, Emma and Paul) sprinting off to do five 1k loops along the promenade and the beginning of the pier. First one to finish was Sam in 20 minutes 18 seconds, followed by Hagen (23:58) and Paul (26:21). “We thought it would be fun and add a bit of inter-club competition to our training”, commented Clive on the idea of the new race. Thanks for everyone taking part ─ and a big THANK YOU for Clive, Brian and John who organised and marshalled the run tonight. The next 5k races will start from the ice-cream kiosk on the promenade on 28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September and 25 October (or basically the last Wednesday of each month until October), meeting at 6:00 pm.
For her second marathon, Claire chose a completely new race in the neighbourhood: the Dorchester Marathon. She conquered the course today in 4 hrs. 17 min. 35 sec. and finished 262nd out of 705 runners. ‘I think the heat got to me, and it wasn’t flat!’, commented tired but happy Claire after her post race celebration beer. ‘I’m happy that I finished and feel proud of what I did.’ You’re definitely right, Claire – well done! See all results here.
The race was held for the very first time and jointly organised by White Star Running and Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary. It was on fully closed roads running through historic Dorchester, picturesque villages and the Dorset countryside. ‘It was a brilliant race and very, very well organised’, said Claire. ‘They had thought of everything: great medals, great marshalling, great facilities. Definitely would do a White Star Running again.’
Despite the fact that Bridport Runners don’t have a youth group (yet), little 1 1/2 year old Martha (Vicky’s and Ben’s daughter) won her first medal last Sunday in Dorchester! … oh well, and Vicky, Jess, Sam and Hagen who were taking on the (fast) Dorchester Lions 10k that morning weren’t doing too bad, as well, as Sam reports:
“It was a Funday Sunday in Dorchester when the Bridport Runners Massif turned up to take on the might of, er, Egdon Heath Harriers, Maiden Newton Runners and, oh some other clubs and lots of other people. The 5 strong team (one junior – although it has been alleged that Martha is overdue with her subs) were ably supported by various family and, Tony, looking casual in jeans and a fetching blue polo shirt. Tony’s non-running was disappointing to his fans, but he was quoted, in typically ebullient style as saying ‘Tony was gutted he couldn’t run today but better safe than sorry I guess’… and at least he turned up to sign a few autographs. Continue reading
There are still places free in Bridport Runners’ new beginners class ‘From Couch to 5k’ which will now officially begin coming Tuesday. The six weeks’ course is tailored to get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping; meet Tuesday, 16 May, at 9:30 am, at the car park of Bridport Football Club car park. The course will be run by two qualified coaches from Bridport Runners, Brian Shelley and John Smith, it will last six weeks and will cost £12. To take part, anyone interested can contact Brian by email or phone (01308 459942) or just come to the first training on the morning.