Bridport Jurassic Coast Run: Donation will support young runners

Bridport Runners - Donation for young runners at Colfox. Picture taken by Astrid RolleBridport Leisure Centre, Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners, the joint organizers of last year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, have given a donation of £500 to support young runners in Bridport. The money was raised from entrance fees of the Bridport Jurassic Run in July last year which saw more than 130 participants between 4 to 72 years starting in three races over different distances – a 10k run, a 5k and a 1 mile race. Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley symbolically handed over the cheque in form of a baton today during the Primary school cross country relays at Sir John Colfox School to one of the runners, Tom Crabtree. The group of approximately 50 boys and girls … in Years 7 to 11 trains twice a week throughout the cross country season at Colfox School. Andy David, PE teacher at Colfox, who has been training the cross country squad for over a decade now, said the money was urgently needed: “It is true to say that all you need to run is a pair of trainers but these can be very expensive. Running spikes become essential in the winter months. And if you then factor in a vest and other items that make you feel part of the team, those with very little money can become disadvantaged.”

Brian commented: “I have worked with a lot of children in local schools. We felt the money would be best used in the transition from Year 6 to year 7 and in later years, if necessary, for those who could really do with a bit of financial help.” The next Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will be starting on Sunday, 12th of July 2015, at 10.30 am from the Bridport Leisure Centre.