A lot more club runners, a victorious title defender and some fast and furious young participants: The 2nd Bridport Jurassic Coast Run last Sunday turned out to be a rather successful and exciting event with more than 130 runners in the three races. After last year’s debut, the joint organizers – Bridport Leisure Centre, Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners – had decided to add another challenging run event … to the race calendar in the Southwest. This year’s new edition of the race seemed to be quite popular among runners of all ages and abilities – ranging from 4 to 72 years and from beginners to veterans.
There were three races on offer: a 10K and a 5K run, like last year, and a new 1 mile run for the under 12 years. The majority (78) chose the 10K race which led runners up the second highest hill on the southern Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon, while the 5K run also included the beautiful Jurassic Coast from Eype to West Bay.
The weather conditions were perfect for the day with not too much sun, a light breeze and no rain. Just the right conditions to take on the long and exhausting climb up Thornecombe Beacon! Winner in the 10K was Paul Jefferson from Bristol in 50:21 min., fastest female runner was Francis Johnson (58:55 min.).
There were also awards for the fastest veteran (over 50 years) runners, going to Bridport Runners’ own Clive Whaley (55:14 min.) and Frances Anderson (1 hour 55 seconds). Please find the complete provisional 10K results here. All in all, the results this year showed faster times than in the first Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2013, when, however, the temperatures were a lot higher.
In the 5K race, Harrison Yarnold defended his title as fastest male runner from last year in 25:24 min., while the fastest female runner on the course was Georgie Clarke (30:53 min.). Fastest male veteran was Graham Symes (33:27 min.), fastest female veteran Zodwa Chasokela (43:25 min.). Please find the complete provisional 5K results here.
The 1 mile race for the under twelves, which was held for the first time, saw some fast and furious competion: Led by Bridport runners’ quickest, Ben Renshaw, who acted as a guide and pacemaker, 18 boys and girls between 5 and 12 years old dashed down the course into the field behind the Bridport Leisure Centre and back. Winner of this race was Olivia Whitmore in 7:23 min., second came Alex Fish in 7:36 min. Please find the complete provisional 1 mile results here. Well done to all of you!
During the 5K and 10K races, the helpers from Brit Valley Rotary Club invited the little children and families to take part in a Family Treasure Hunt which kept them busy and very entertained. All the guests of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run had also the chance to do free taster sessions in the Bridport Leisure Centre and try the pool.
Thanks so much to everyone involved in this year’s event for helping in advance and on the day – whether it was through designing and distributing flyers, posters and banners, marking the course, marshalling on the day, helping with the warm-up, registration and timing or any other job that made this day such a success! Thank you all!