Races, races, races!

Bridport Runners have been busy the last couple of days with participating in different races around the country ─ from a full marathon up in Scotland to a half-marathon in South Devon and a local 10k race in Crewkerne. Surely, the longest distance, both in terms of running and travelling, Andrew managed who participated in the Edinburgh Marathon. He finished in a brilliant 3 hours 17 minutes and came in as No. 529 of 8,622 participants. Well done! Andrew accompanied  his girlfriend Lucy who had decided to run the half for the Macmillan Charity. “It turned out to be overall slightly downhill, so was good for a PB”, Andrew says. The route went by … Holyrood Palace and the Scottish parliament and out towards Musselburgh along the Firth of Forth. “It was beautiful!”, goes Andrew. “The rain stopped just before we started at 10am, so was cool and dry, with the sun coming out later.” It was the first Edinburgh marathon he had done but is considering it again for next year: “It is fast and easy to get in to. I kept running the whole way, and didn’t hit the wall, so the nutrition worked well, and kept a pretty steady pace just above 7 min miles, with enough energy to run the last in well under 7 mins. So, all was good!”

On the same day Clive, Tom and Hagen struggled their way through a beautiful and true cross country half-marathon-ish race on the Flete Estate along the South Devon Coast, which was organised by the Coastal Trail Series. The more than 200 runners were led along the coast, over the beach, up steep coastal paths and through the woods with beautiful views along the way. Tom was the first Bridport Runner to finish on that day in 2 hours 9 minutes, followed by Clive (2 h 13 min.) and Hagen (2 h 31 min.). Full results of the race can be found here.

Crewkerne 10 k - Hagen and Vicky at the start (01-06-2014)Only a week later Vicky, Simon and Hagen visited the yearly Crewkerne 10k, which was organised by the neighbouring Crewkerne Running Club. Good weather and a fast field of 181 participants, mainly from other local running clubs, made the Bridport Runners go quite fast, too. The course was all on road with hills on the start and the end of the race. Simon finished first as 39th in 46 minutes 11 seconds, Vicky came next as No. 75 in 50:37, directly followed by Hagen (50:57). All three were pleased with the fast race and their results – and they even got a sponsored towel as a gift! Results of the race are here.