Bournemouth Marathon Festival: Paul finishes marathon on Club place, a determined ladies team in the half and a Shelley family gathering

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is always good for very personal stories. This year was no exception with Bridport Runners starting over three different distances, Paul doing his second marathon, accompanied by Bernadette; a dedicated ladies team (Gill, Glynis, Jodie, Emma and Rachel) in the half-marathon and Brian on a family gathering with his two sons Dan and Adam over the supersonic 10k route. Well done to all of you! You made the club (and yourselves) proud!

Let’s begin with our long-distance participants: Bernadette came in as first Bridport Runner over the marathon distance in a time of 4 hrs. 28 min. 4 sec. Paul who had won the  free Club place and had trained extremely hard over the last months for his second marathon finished in 4:48:37. See all results here.

Two hours earlier a determined Bridport Runners’ ladies team – Glynis, Gill, Jodie, Emma and Rachel – had set off for the half-marathon among nearly 3,900 other starters. First Bridport Runner to finish was Glynis in 2:07:47, then Gill (2:10:08), Jodie (2:18:07), Emma (2:31:02) and Rachel (2:43:36). It was the first half-marathon the five had done together. Jodie and Gill had already started in the Bournemouth half last year and improved their times significantly. The half-marathon times also had some effect on the positioning in the Club championship, as it was both Emma’s and Glynis’ fourth race which got them in the overall qualification.

Already on Saturday, the “Shelley boys” had their premiere: Brian and his two sons Dan (also a Bridport Runner) and Adam who has just recently got into running took on the Supersonic 10k. “Despite the cold and the crowds but luckily no rain, I managed my best 5k and 10k times for at least two years”, said Brian cheerfully afterwards. “I would have been happy with 63 minutes, but to come in at 61:45 was great. I also managed to keep an even pace for the whole race. All thanks to my two boys who kept coming back for me and literally dragged me along the finishing straight. All in all a great day!”