The Bournemouth Marathon Festival has become a fixed date for Bridport Runners. This year was no different: Four members of the Club ─ Bernadette, Chris, Gill and Jodie ─ went to the two days’ running festival last weekend and competed in the half and the marathon distances. Meanwhile, Sarah Horton started in the Windsor half marathon the weekend before and finished in 2 hours 13 minutes. Well done to all of you!
The Bournemouth Marathon Festival which has become some sort of a fixed date on our run calendar saw Chris Monteith finishing as first Bridport Runner in 3 hours 52 min. 23 sec.; Bernadette Jones’ time was 4:27:26. Gill Brooks and Jodie Tuck who did the half-marathon crossed the finish line together in 2:23:07.
It was both Gill’s and Jodie’s first half-marathon race and “we were very pleased with ourselves for completing it”, said Gill afterwards. Both athletes ran for charities: Gill for ‘Young Minds’ supporting children and families with mental health issues and Jodie for ‘crohns and collitious’. Their ‘Just Giving’ pages are still open!
Chris, Sam, Vicky, Tony and Hagen represented Bridport Runners yesterday in the “Taunton 10k” – and somehow they all managed to come back with, well, some sort of a PB … Here are Sam’s “Tall tales from Taunton” and a full report about how they did it:
“We all know about Somerset … strange dark stories, tales to scare the children with before bedtime about beasts from the flatlands… flatulence inducing scrumpy cider… and … blood-red caped carnival queens giving prizes at the Taunton 10k run! (but more of that later). It was with some trepidation that the Bridport Five (as we shall call them) set off from the civilised lands of Dorsetshire towards bandit country. In truth it was four as we had to pick up Lord Hagen of Gerle from Forde Abbey. He insists that it is not his pad, nor is he the gardener, but lawns do not lie, they are cut to such precision that knocks Vorsprung durch Technik into a cocked hat. Continue reading
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