While the running season has just started, the upcoming Bridport Jurassic Coast Run on Sunday, July 14th, is gaining momentum among participants and sponsors alike. The 10k and 5k cross-country runs and the Fun Run, which are jointly organised by the Bridport Leisure Centre, Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners, have received almost 50 entries so far with more registrations coming in each day. The event opens at 9:00 am at the Bridport Leisure Centre for registration, preparation and warm-up with the races starting from 10:00 am. The 5k and 10k will lead runners along the Jurassic Coast, passing original locations from the TV murder series “Broadchurch” on the way as well. Entry forms for all runs are available at the Bridport Leisure Centre’s reception desk; entries will also be taken on the day.
There are three different distances to choose from – a family Fun Run and two serious runs of five and ten kilometres. The Fun Run and treasure hunt is a fun race for the whole family on a flat course around the fields of the Bridport Leisure Centre. There, visitors can also enjoy a bouncy castle, an inflatable session in the swimming pool, taster sessions and free use of the Centre’s facilities; food and refreshments will be provided as well.
The 5k run which includes the beautiful Jurassic Coast at West Bay is mainly aimed at the relatively new runners and those who want to get back into running after a break. The highlight, however, is the 10k run which will be mainly off-road, leading the participants to the top of the second highest hill on the south coast, Thorncombe Beacon near Eype. It is therefore aimed at more established runners who are up for a challenge. The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run takes place only a week after the nearby and similar challenging Charmouth Challenge (8 miles distance) on Saturday, July 6th, and a few days before the 10k Colyton Rebel Run at Colyton Grammar School on Wednesday, July 17th.
A number of local sponsors have promised their support to make the event a success for everyone involved. Thanks to West Dorset Leisure Holidays at Eype, the two longer runs will cross the caravan park and joining fields of Highlands End, giving especially the 10k runners a spectacular view of Thorncombe Beacon and what lies ahead of them. Both the 5k and the 10k will be timed events with prizes for the fastest female and male runners, donated by local companies Richard Batten Jewellers, Gary Pitcher Locksmith, A.G. Down Funeral Directors as well as the Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners.