The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 is gaining interest among supporters and runners alike. The two tough multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which will take place on Sunday, 12th of August, have passed the number of 60 pre-entries and have won three local companies as sponsors. The new sponsors of this year’s event which is in its sixth year, are Rachel’s Seafood Kiosk, Patrick Tuck Building & Plumbing and Townsend Powder Coating. All three firms are companies from Bridport and West Bay and supporters of local sports.
Rachel’s Seafood Kiosk which serves local fresh fish as well as local crab and lobster has recently been named as one of the “10 best seaside cafes and restaurants” by the readers of the Guardian newspaper. Patrick Tuck has more than 25 years of experience in the building and plumbing trade – from tiling bathrooms, kitchens and floors to building extensions and installing whole bathrooms. Townsend Powder Coating provides powder coating services to the public and trade, which is an alternative to wet spraying metal components. They also offer a full refurbishment package for restoration projects.
Part of the attraction for these sponsors and runners this year is that, for the first time, the running event has been certified as a fell race (Grade B) under the rules of the Fell Runners Association (license number 2018-5942). Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty – it is considered one of the toughest forms of cross country running. Also, this year both the 10k and the half-marathon will be chip-timed races.
The races will start from West Bay and will lead runners along the Coast path up to the second highest hill on the South Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon; they are open for runners of all abilities from the age of 16 (10k) or 17 years (half-marathon). Registration for both races is open online through FullOnSport.
Since its debut in 2013, the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run has grown to become both a community event and a recommended race among club runners from all over the Southwest. It has earned praise from participants for its spectacular scenery, friendly marshals and good organisation (and the odd hill). The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run has been organised jointly by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club since its beginning.