“Jurassic Coast Run: an event for the whole community”

Bridport Runners - Donation for young runners at Colfox. Picture taken by Astrid RolleJointly hosted by local running group Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club, this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will be an event for the whole community. Brian Shelley, Chairman of Bridport Runners, said: “Thanks to the support of the National Trust, local authorities and our members we will be able to offer runners a challenging race while keeping any inconvenience for residents as little as possible.” In addition the two hosts have already agreed to donate towards West Bay Days fund raising efforts as well as for a local organisation which supports children and youngsters who want to keep fit.

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run – which consists of a 10k and a half-marathon race – will take place on Sunday, 7th of August, as part of the West Bay Days. Both races which are officially … affiliated runs by UK Athletics will start from the Salt House in West Bay at 10:00 am (half-marathon) and 10:15 am (10k).

The race course will mainly follow the Coast Path, leading runners up to the top of Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the Southern Coast, further towards Seatown and then back through Downhouse Farm, Eype and to West Bay. Runners in the half-marathon will do the circuit twice. The interest in the event is growing day by day with more than 60runners having already signed up for the 10k and the half-marathon. The majority of them come from the region with many local running clubs taking part, “but we do have two enthusiastic ladies joining us from the U.S. as well”, Shelley added.

As in the previous two years, Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club will donate the lion’s share of the entrance fees. Once more, the money will go to a local group supporting young people who want to do sports but are disadvantaged in one way or another. In March 2015, £500 from the fees of the Jurassic Coast Run 2014 was given to the cross country running group at Colfox School for young members who financially struggle to buy their own sports kit. The same amount from the event in 2015 was donated to Mountjoy School to buy an Equiciser, a horse-shaped apparatus made to help children with disabilities.

For anyone interested in joining the races: Registration is still open online through the websites of Bridport Runners (www.bridport-runners.co.uk) and Runners World (www.runnersworld.co.uk); see “Bridport Jurassic Coast Run” under “Events”. Entries are also possible on the day at the Salt House in West Bay from 8:45 am until 9:30 am.