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The CapTEN – Revised Date – 25th October 2020

The inaugural running of Bridport Runners new race, The CapTEN, has been rescheduled for 25th October 2020. We apologise to those that hoped to race back in May but had to postpone due to Covid-19 restrictions.

We are currently working hard on revised guidelines for runners and marshals, in accordance with current government and governing body regulations, and will advise competitors in due course. Needless to say we will do all we can to bring you the best race possible.

Bridport Runners CapTEN Medal (picture credit Adam Slater)

The medals have arrived and we hope all runners will be as proud to earn one as we are of having them made!

Entries are open via Full On Sport:

https://bridportrunners.fullonsport.com/event/the-capten-/profile

We hope to see you all on the start line.

Bridport Runners

Bridport Runners – Limited Return To Club Running

Bridport Runners are returning for Wednesday night and Sunday morning club runs! At present we will only be able to serve our members due to restrictions regarding numbers. If you wish to join and become one of those members then please get in touch.

Further details for members and how to book a slot on a run can be found on the members Facebook group page.

We aim to increase in capacity over the coming weeks but need to closely and safely manage smaller groups at present.

Our guide for runners and leaders regarding the return can be found here:

https://tinyurl.com/y4h7n2ha

And our risk assessment:

https://tinyurl.com/y22ealdz

Thank you all for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.

Bridport Runners

All trainings sessions, beginners course and CapTen cancelled due to Coronavirus

Following England Athletics latest Coronavirus’ statement, the advice from the Fell Runners Association and the Prime Ministers’ statement yesterday that “everyone in the UK should avoid non-essential travel and contact with others” to curb the spread of the virus, Bridport Runners have taken the decision to cancel Wednesday evening training sessions, the Sunday club runs and the inaugural running of The CapTEN on 17th May 2020. We will also postpone the beginners ‘Couch to 5k’ course. 

Participants on the beginners course who have already paid will be able to take part in a rescheduled course in the future, or can ask for a refund. Entries for the CapTen will also be refunded. Please contact Bridportrunnerssecretary@hotmail.com if you would like a refund.

When the situation allows, we will publicise new dates for the beginners course and will let you know when training sessions and club runs are to restart.

Entries open for The CapTEN, Bridport Runners’ new 10 mile fell run

The CapTen, Bridport Runners’ new 10 mile fell race will take place on 17th of May 2020 (logo by Adam Slater with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

Bridport Runners are introducing ‘THE CapTEN’, a 10 mile registered fell run taking in Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap – and 2,400 feet of climbing! The CapTEN replaces the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, but still covers most of that event’s 10k course, consolidating the two distances (10k and half-marathon) into the most epic 10 miler.

There will be a few changes, though: The decision has been made to move the race from August to May and the start being relocated to Seatown. New for next year’s race will also be a team prize for the fastest club to put three finishers over the line. The CapTen will be a cup-less race to reduce single use plastic usage and littering. “Our Bridport Jurassic Coast Run may have ended”, says Bridport Runners’ Chair Ben Renshaw, “but ‘long live The CapTEN!’” Race entries are open on FullOnSport now.

Is it hilly you ask for? 2,400 feet of elevation gain over 10 miles, accredited by the Fell Runners’ Association (and tested by Bridport Runners). The course climbs Thorncombe Beacon (twice), West Cliff and Golden Cap as it’s highlights (chart by Adam Slater with courtesy of Bridport Runners).

More than 130 runners in Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2019: “Challenging course, great atmosphere, well organised!”

Dena Whitehorn of New Forst Runners, still smiling (picture by Clive Whaley)

Under perfect weather conditions, yesterday’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run attracted 131 runners in the two races – among them many familiar faces (and winners) but also quite a few newcomers from far and wide. Overall 75 runners participated in the 10k race and another 56 in the half-marathon. Among them were many from the local area and neighbouring running clubs (such as Axe Valley Runners, Honiton Running Club, New Forest Runners and Poole AC), but also runners coming all the way from London, Birmingham area – and even a couple travelling to the Jurassic Coast from Sweden. The race, which is in its seventh year now, had been jointly organised by Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club.  

Runners going up Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the South Coast (picture by Clive Whaley)

Winner in the 10k was Ryan Obrien from Reading AC in a time of 51 minutes and 51 seconds. Fastest female runner over that distance was Juliet Morrice in 1 hour, 3 min. and 59 sec. Quickest male veteran runner (over 60 years) was Nigel Gates (Westbury Harriers) in  57 min.; he had previously won the 10k in 2016 and 2015. Madeleine Lomas from Charnwood AC was the fastest female veteran over 10k in 1:15:47, repeating her victories from 2018 and 2016. You can find all preliminary results of the 10k race here.

The half-marathon race saw Rob Collier of Axe Valley Runners dominating with a winning time of 01:45:27 – more than 10 minutes before the second placed runner, Philip Snarey. Fastest woman on the course was Rebecca Carven in 1:57:13, who was only pushed from third place overall with a sprint finish by Swedish participant Erik Mullers (FK Herkules). Kevin Lomas of Charnwood AC, who had won the 10k veteran competition last year, not only stepped up this year by competing in the half-marathon for the first time but also won his age category as fastest male veteran in 2:11:30. Fastest female veteran runner was, once more, Eleanor Wood of Axe Valley Runners in 2:14:26. See all preliminary half-marathon results here.

“It’s a very challenging fell race!”: An exhausted runner in his second loop of the half-marathon (picture: Clive Whaley)

“It’s not hard to understand why the race is so popular among other running clubs”, says Bridport Runners’ Chair Ben Renshaw, “as it is not only a beautiful course but also a very challenging fell race.” Both races had been, once more, classified as fell races by The Fell Runners Association (license number 2019-6112).

The tough 10k(ish) course and the even tougher half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast led runners all the way up from West Bay to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back.

Runners praised both the smooth organisation and the beautiful course afterwards: “Great event, well organised, super supportive marshals and helpful admin on arrival. It was challenging, but that’s what I wanted!”, wrote one participant on Bridport Runners’ Facebook page. “Definitely challenging course! Plenty of marshals who were friendly and supportive. Great atmosphere and it was so great to be cheered in by spectators”, commented another one. Members of local community groups, Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club were pleased to hear that as they had put in many hours of voluntary work before, on and after race day.