Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run is back in 2018 – and this time both the 10k and the half-marathon will be chip-timed races. Also for the first time, the running event has been certified as a fell race (Grade B) under the rules of the Fell Runners Association (license number 2018-5942). Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty – it is considered one of the toughest forms of cross country running. The two tough multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which start from West Bay and lead runners along the Coast path, will take place on Sunday, 12th of August, 10:30 am. Please find a map of the course here and a map of the start & finish zone here. You can also check our list with “Frequent Asked Questions” about the run if you have any questions.

The races are open for runners of all abilities from the age of 16 (10k) or 17 years (half-marathon). Since its debut in 2013, the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run with its two races has grown to become both a community event and a recommended race among club runners from all over the Southwest. It has earned lots of praise from participants for its spectacular scenery, friendly marshals and good organisation (and the odd hill). The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run has been organised jointly by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club since the beginning.

Logo Fell Runners AssociationThe current 10k course was established in 2016 when the race had its debut in West Bay. The half-marathon distance was also first run in 2016, with the loop to Seatown added this year. Both races will start with the famous ‘Broadchurch’ cliff at West Bay in the background, leading runners all the way up to the second highest hill on the South Coast of England, Thorncombe Beacon, then down to Seatown (half-marathon runners only) and back through Downhouse Farm, Eype to West Bay. The half-marathon consists of two loops.

The record for the fastest 10k was set by Nigel Gates in 2016 (46 min. 1 sec.); the fastest time in the half-marathon race was run in the same year by Edward Knudsen (1 hrs. 33 min. 21 sec.) Last year, Ruth Barnes was the first woman to win the half-marathon distance (01:35:16). Both races are affiliated races with the Fell Runners Association. Registration for the races is now open online through FullOnSport.

This year’s races will be sponsored by three local companies: Rachel’s Seafood Kiosk, Patrick Tuck Building & Plumbing and Townsend Powder Coating. All three firms are companies from Bridport and West Bay and supporters of local sports.

Rachel’s Seafood Kiosk which serves local fresh fish as well as local crab and lobster has recently been named as one of the “10 best seaside cafes and restaurants” by the readers of the Guardian newspaper.

Patrick Tuck has more than 25 years of experience in the building and plumbing trade – from tiling bathrooms, kitchens and floors to building extensions and installing whole bathrooms.

Townsend Powder Coating provides powder coating services to the public and trade, which is an alternative to wet spraying metal components. They also offer a full refurbishment package for restoration projects.


More related stories:

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2017: Ruth Barnes wins half-marathon, local hero Adam Gale succeeds in 10k race, 7 August 2017

Youth Club receives donation from Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, 12 February 2017

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run: Successful debut at West Bay Days, 7 August 2016

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run is adding a half-marathon to West Bay Days, 25 February 2016

Jurassic Coast Run donation helps disabled children at Mountjoy, 13 November 2015

Despite rain and fog: 3rd Bridport Jurassic Coast Run sees new record in runners of all ages, 13 July 2015

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run: Donation will support young runners, 18 March 2015

Second Bridport Jurassic Coast Run attracts runners of all ages and abilities, 14 July 2014

Hot race, tough climb but much fun at first Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, 14 July 2013

Picture gallery Bridport Jurassic Coast Runs 2013 to 2017: