Bridport Runners start running season with new Club Championship

BR -Station kitchen run before the race (17-04-2016)Bridport Runners have started the new running season with their first Club Championship, encouraging members to take part in at least four out of a selection of 14 different races all over the South West. The races cover different distances from a 5k parkrun to a 10k multi-terrain race and a street half-marathon. First one on the list was last Saturday’s Weymouth parkrun, a quick 5k race. New members are welcome to visit the Club, participate in the weekly training session, prove their competitiveness in the new Club Championship or join Bridport Runners on their other activities.

Eight Bridport Runners kicked off the running season with competing in the Weymouth parkrun on Saturday: Vicky, Jess, Ruth, Wendy, Ben (Renshaw), Tony, Norman and Chris. Fastest Bridport Runner and 2nd overall in a field of 383 runners (!) was Ben in a time of 17 min. 39 sec. Vicky (25:06) and Jess (25:35) managed to get new PBs in a parkrun. Well done and congratulations!

The parkrun in Weymouth was the first event in the new Club Championship. Members have to enter at least 4 out of 14 races in the South West which take place between now and November and count towards an overall leaderboard. Winners in different categories will be awarded at the Club’s Christmas party.

The Championship rounds up the plans of Bridport Runners’ already busy year which the Club have ahead of them: They will be launching their 9th ‘From Couch to 5k’ in spring – a six weeks’ session for total beginners and anyone who wants to get back into running. From May to September, the internal 5k series will be taking place, with a timed 5k race in West Bay every last Wednesday of a month. And on 12 August, the 6th edition of the ‘Bridport Jurassic Coast Run’ will start once more from West Bay. These are a 10k and a half-marathon race which have, for the first time, being given the status of a fell race, according to the rules of the Fell Race Association.