Thorney Run Festival / Black Hill 10K Trail Run: Where else would you go on a rainy weekend?

It was raining and pouring last Saturday – just the right conditions for five brave Bridport Runners to start in the Thorney Run Festival Gill, Jodie, Emma, Sam (picture left to right) and Tony Logan participated all for the first time in this multi-terrain race in Thorney (Somerset). The Run Festival comprised of a choice of a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and a 6 hour enduro event (no official results published, yet). “The rain had arrived early in the morning and stayed for the day, but fortunately the wind was gone”, describes Tony. All routes followed the same 5k loop (with an additional distance for half runners) which was “flat – really flat”, but the trail went through grass and around fields; small sections of woods and a muddy lane mixed the terrain up a bit.

With the longer races already on the course, this meant there were people running at different paces, but there was plenty of room to manoeuvre. “I enjoyed running this course and would do it again”, resumes Tony. “It’s not a chipped time race but a nice flat circuit to try for a faster time.” Unfortunately the festival side of it was rained off – the run started at the campsite, and there was going to be a bar … but fingers crossed for next year! “Maybe we put Adam on the Enduro race and see how many laps he can do?”

Meanwhile Clive did the Black Hill 10K Trail Run in Bere Regis (Dorset), which he calls “a big-ish event with about 400 club runners”. The course was classic trail, nearly all on forest trails and footpaths across fields with a few climbs and a few descents. “I enjoyed it, it was very similar to the Forde Abbey 10K, actually”, Clive recalls after finishing in 53:04 minutes as 65th out of 276 runners (official results here).