Bridport Runners first Club Championship had “great positive effect on the club”

It’s been a highly competitive but also an inspiring and much-talked about event for Bridport Runners – their first ever Club Championship. With the Maverick Dark Dorset run last weekend as a grande finale (for Adam unfortunately not such a good one as he writes in a blog), the leaderboard is finalized and the winners in the different categories are complete. 37 club members participated in 18 races in total over the whole year with 20 Bridport Runners completing the minimum requirement of 4 races to get into the leaderboard, which makes a total of 136 race entries – from Weymouth Parkrun to the Maverick Dark Dorset. Lots of praise from Bridport Runners go to Adam and Ben who started the whole event and calculated accurately (or so we hope at least) the current leaderboard after each race. “it’s been brilliant! Thank you for organising”, wrote Jess on Facebook. “One of the best things Bridport Runners have ever organised”, said Hagen, and Chair Brian summed it up: “This has had a great positive effect on the club!”

And here are the winners of Bridport Runners first Club Championship …Thank you to everyone that has taken part even in only a single race”, says organiser Adam. “If you wondered how well you got on in the grand scheme of things, there is a column in the final results spreadsheet labelled ‘AVERAGE’, based on your results for the year this is roughly where you would place in a race with 100 runners.”

Number of races won: 3

Weymouth Bay 10k – Ben Renshaw

Maverick Original Dorset – Adam Slater

Shaves Cross Mini Marathon – Ben Renshaw

Category wins: 3

Forde Abbey 1st in age cat – Claire Wynn

Forde Abbey 1st place team – Ben Renshaw, Chris Monteith, Adam Slater

Shaves Cross Mini Marathon 1st in age cat – Les Hawkins

There are probably more category wins but they escape me, if so then please let me know

Most raced Bridport Runner: Hagen Gerle – 8 races

Most popular races: Forde Abbey and Charmouth Challenge – 18 Bridport Runners apiece

OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER/HERO – BEN RENSHAW

TOP 5 FEMALES

1st    CLAIRE WYNN

2nd     JESS MASKREY

3rd    VICKY ACKERMAN

4th    WENDY ROBERTSHAW

5th    KAZY VINCENT-JAMES

TOP 5 MALES

1st    BEN RENSHAW

2nd    ADAM SLATER

3rd    CHRIS MONTEITH

4th    SAM ROSE

5th    CLIVE WHALEY

TOP 3 VETS

1st    JIM WARNER

2nd    RAYMONDE WOODMAN

3rd    BRIAN SHELLEY

It should be noted that the vets category is 60+ and this year we had no vet women completing the championship. Hopefully as numbers grow we can increase the number of age categories.

TOP 3 COUCH TO 5k GRADUATES

1st    JESS MASKREY

2nd    TONY BIRD

3rd    RUTH CAMPS

THE ALMOST THERE LIST

A few names stuck out that could have shaken up the leaderboard had they completed more races, those being Nick Cowey, Andy Jeffries, Norman Wiggins, Mike Budd, John Riley and of course Rachael Moss.

Hope to see you all again next year!