The longer the distance, the more discreet some Bridport Runners become when it’s about their extra-ordinary achievements. Lately, five Bridport Runners have started in three long-distance events ─ none of them shorter than 20 miles ─ and they all deserve credit for that. So, well done, Kazy, Claire, Ben, Tom and Adam!
To be more precise, Kazy, Claire, Tom and Adam started this whole new crazy ultra-series (or was it Adam who competed in the CTS race in Devon or Kazy and Ben with their Black Mountains Ultra 40 miler last year?) when they signed up for this year’s “Grizzly 2016 – Grin and Bear It“. The organisers, Axe Valley Runners, call the race which started in 1988 … the “twentyish muddy, hilly, boggy, beachy miles of the multiest-terrain running experience you will find this side of the end of time.” Ask Kazy, Claire, Tom and Adam if they agreed to that but they definitely had a tough time running the 31.44 km (see route), starting from Lyme Regis. They all did great, with Adam finishing not only as 1st Bridport Runner in 2 hours 55 min. 41 sec. but as overall No. 93 out of more than 1,400 competitors! Next was Tom in 3:15:33, followed by Kazy 3:41:02 and Claire in 3:45:31. See all results on the Grizzly 2016 result page.
Adam obviously has found his appetite for longer distances and added another crazy race just one week later: He started in the Jurassic Coast Challenge 2016, doing two (!) marathons in two consecutive days. He would have done three marathons if it wasn’t for work keeping him away from the first competition last Friday … Needless to say that Adam did not only complete the two marathons on a challenging cross country course but ran brilliant times, as well: The first race (Day 2) he finished in 4 hours 6 minutes and 44 seconds, coming in 4th of almost 250 competitors. The second race on Day 3 took him a bit longer but he still finished as No. 6 in a time of 4:41:57.
Last but not least, Kazy and Ben were going on a longer stroll again last Sunday, doing the Devonshire Dumpling from Budleigh Salterton. The 28 mile long route (it was originally 26 miles but, as Kazy said “Ben’s watch lost signal for a bit and we got lost to add a bit more”) was going along some sections of the South West Coast Path (Jurassic Coast), River Otter, Lowland Heaths. It was more planned as a hike but the two ran “ultra styly and covered good ground”, as Kazy puts it.
To all you crazy extreme runners: Extremely well-done! Bridport Runners are proud of you!