There were big smiling faces, there were runners out of puff, and there were tears of joy: What better way to finish Bridport Runners’ latest ‘From Couch to 5k’! Organised by Brian and Clive last night, the last evening of the current beginners course fell in place with the first of five 5k races for the club’s new 5k series. Eight beginners and a good bunch of active Bridport Runners followed the invitation to West Bay – and they really gave everything they had to give. First Bridport Runner overall was Ben in 17 min. 35 seconds, followed by Chris (21:11) and Hagen (23:14). The first of the beginners over the finish line at the old promenade was David in 28:11, second was Rosemary (31:30), third Jana (31:57). Well done to all of you! See all provisional results here.
Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian was very pleased with the outcome: “This is a great achievement, especially for our beginners, to come all the way from zero to run this 5k. They put their hearts and their legs into this race, and you could really see their commitment tonight. What we, Clive and me as coaches, also liked very much was to see the great comraderie in this group.”
Due to the ongoing success of this 9th course over the last years, there will be another ‘From Couch to 5k‘ in autumn of this year. The exact time will be published a few weeks ahead on this website and our Facebook page.
“A good first 10k for anyone to try, and good for those wanting a PB.” That was Sam’s assessment of the Egdon Easy last Saturday which saw four Bridport Runners coming home with some very fast times and rankings in their individual age groups. Here’s Sam’s race report – a story about tropical weather conditions and high ambitions (see all results here): “The tropical storm clouds were brewing over Wey-biza as Nic (Moorcroft) Cowley, Les (Legend) Hawkins, Claire (Rocket) Wynn and Sam Rose arrived to take on the dauntingly-named ‘Egdon Easy’. But easy for what? The Marshalls? The crowd? The runners? Hmm, we’ll come back to that. The four joined 300 other runners on this balmy (or is it barmy?) early summer evening to run a 10km around Lodmoor. Our noble four felt a touch outnumbered by the massed ranks of about 50 Portland Royal Manor Runners, a huge gaggle from one of the many Lychett blah blah clubs and about 90 Egdon Heath Harriers. Perhaps word had got out about the ‘Easy’ bit as there was also the odd stray runner from Tavistock and Portsmouth… or they might have got lost on their way to Dorchester for the following day’s marathon.
Now, if that wasn’t a successful debut! Five Bridport Runners participated for the first time in the Maverick inov-8 Original Dorset middle distance race (16 kilometres) on the Isle of Purbeck – and Adam won it in 1 hr. 15 min. 9 seconds! Second came another quick Bridport Runner, Chris, in a time of 1:18:37! Next Bridport Runners to finish in a field of 135 competitors were Tony as 56th in 1:48:51, Vicky (72nd) in 1:50:58 and Ruth in 1:57:48 (90th). See all results here.
Winner Adam praised both the course and the organisation of the event: “Purbeck is an amazing place to run with rolling hills and a bigger mix of terrain than we have here, from rocky trails and sandy paths to manicured golf courses, all were included! Brilliantly organised event … Continue reading
Chris and Les were waving Bridport Runners’ colours last Sunday, when they competed fiercely in the Dorchester Lions 10k. Chris stormed into the Top 10 and finished 9th out of 263 runners in a time of 45:58 min. Les repeated his victories from the 2015 and 2016 races in Dorchester and, once more, won his age group (over 70s) in 1:09:15; see all results here. “I came third in my age group, so was pretty pleased”, commented Chris after the event. “It’s a nice race but pretty hilly, going up and around Maiden Castle. It might be a good one to add to the Bridport Runners’ championship next year.” Despite having some issues this time around, Les was also pleased: “This time I had opposition, as there were four runners in my age group! Unfortunately, I had an injury to contend with, it was very hot, and the new route went over the top of Maiden Castle.” Nevertheless, quite an achievement from both runners. Well done, Chris and Les!
Bridport Runners’ first session of the new ‘From Couch to 5k’ was quite a success: Last Wednesday, eight women and two men started their 6 weeks training program which will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping. There are still a few spaces left for anyone coming to the second lesson tomorrow. Training will start Wednesday, 2nd of May, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park and will cost £12. All training sessions will be led by Bridport Runners’ qualified coaches. To take part, please contact Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian (tel. 01308 459942) beforehand.