Six Bridport Runners gave their best today in four really challenging races. While Jess took on her first half-marathon, the BATHALF 2017, Adam ran the Larmer Tree Marathon and secured himself a place on the podium. Clive, Sam and John Riley started in the 30th edition of The Grizzly 2017 – Pearl’s A Stinger, and Chris Montieth did the Weymouth Half Marathon. Well done to all of you!
In the Bath Half Marathon, the 36th edition of that famous road running race, Jess finished in a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 16 seconds (see all results here). It was her first half-marathon race and a good result after the tough training plan she had completed with the help of Coach Brian. “It was really busy – so many runners and spectators!”, said Jess after the race, still overwhelmed by the wonderful atmosphere in Bath. Although she was a little slower than she had hoped, Jess was pleased to have completed her first half-marathon. “I would never have dreamed of doing a half-marathon before joining Bridport Runners. Brian’s eight week training programme got me through it.”
Meanwhile, Adam started in the Larmer Tree Marathon at Rushmore Estate. In the field of 311 runners he came in 3rd in 3 hours 33 minutes (see results here)! Regarding his strategy, Adam had decided to play it risky and ran off from the start with the leaders – only to find himself running along the eventual winner from mile 13 to 18. “That was when I blew up, and from there it was more or less damage limitation until the finish. He lost the second place at mile 22, but it could have been a lot worse, said Adam and concluded: “Proof that doing something stupid occasionally pays off.”
While Clive finished the shorter 9 miles run (The Cub) as 35th out of nearly 500 runners in 1:25 hrs., Sam and John completed the full 21 mile distance as position number 520 in 3:40:54 hrs. (Sam) and position 841 in 4:05:41 hrs, (John); see their results here.