Bridport 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.