A massive group of 18 Bridport Runners plus 5 support team members (!) made their way to yesterday’s Forde Abbey 10k. But Bridport Runners not only convinced in numbers – sending the third biggest delegation in the competition behind Axe Valley Runners (36 runners) and Yeovil Town RC (28). The 18 contestants from Bridport among the 280 finishers showed a great performance, as well, winning three prizes in this tough multi-terrain race, as Adam reports: “So another year has been and gone since Bridport Runners’ last pilgrimage to the Forde Abbey 10k, and it’s been the club’s most successful outing to date. Ben Renshaw taking 3rd overall and 1st senior male, Claire Wynn taking 1st female in an age category that shan’t be named, and Ben, Adam Slater and Chris Monteith taking home the team prize with the first 3 club runners home.” See the complete results here.
“Now that we’ve got the glory out of the way we can confess we’d forgotten how hard this race was”, Adam continues. “Others may have bigger hills or be faster but Forde Abbey is evil, with … what seems like constant climbing for the first half of the race, long grass, roots, rocks, dark woods, river crossings, tree hurdles, stretches of road and this year the pleasure of ground that had been baked solid, every step having the potential to be an ankle twister with many falling, thankfully we escaped unscathed. To add to the mix there were a few unexpected delights, despite the race starting at 7 it was hot, not just slightly hot, but HOT hot, this seemed to bring on the evenings second bonus, swarms of midges which weren’t just content sticking to every inch of your exposed sweaty body but also found there way into your eyes, nostrils and lungs.
Despite all this Forde Abbey cements itself as a club favourite, this may have something to do with Hagen’s hospitality and BBQ afterwards on the Forde abbey lawn – but who said a 10k should be easy?”