Ben succeeds in 70th year of Shave Cross Mini Marathon

What a lovely local race! In the 70th (!) year of the Shave Cross Mini Marathon, the Club not only honoured this traditional race by entering with 10 Bridport Runners but also by winning two trophies: Ben, starting with race number “1”, handled the pressure (easily) and won the race in just under 29 minutes. Les won his age category once more.

It was not the first time, that the two have succeeded in this rural tough 5 mile race outside Bridport – their names have been engraved in the trophies before: Ben had won the Shave Cross Mini Marathon the last time in 2013, and Les had won his age category in recent years. However, rumours are not true that he participated in the Shave Cross Mini-Marathon from the very beginning …

Together with Ben and Les (finished as No. 51) started Bridport Runners Clive (17th overall and 2nd Bridport Runner to finish), Tony Logan (24th, 3rd), Hagen (27th), Paul (33rd), Jim (42nd), Jill (56th), Ruth (57th) and Emma (61st) plus Ruth’s husband Matt (21st); see all their results here. Despite the still very warm temperatures in the evening (around 25 degrees at the start at 7:00 pm) they all managed quite well on the short but tough, hilly course through the country lanes near the Shave Cross. And afterwards there was a bar, BBQ, prize presentation and a lovely evening while the sun went down over Pilsdon.

Bridport Jurassic Coast Run: Last year’s half-marathon winner Ruth Barnes starts again

The count-down to this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run 2018 has started – and some of last year’s winners have entered to defend their titles, as well. Almost 160 runners have bought their running place online so far for the two multi-terrain 10k and half-marathon races which will take place on Sunday, 12th of August, at West Bay. Among them is Ruth Barnes, who won the half-marathon race in 2017. Also, Rosemarie Osborn who was the fastest female veteran runner on the 10k course and Chris Owens, fastest male veteran runner respectively, have signed in for the races once more.

The races will start from the promenade at West Bay and will lead runners along the Coast path up to Thorncombe Beacon, the second highest hill on the South Coast. Races are open for runners of all abilities from the age of 16 (10k) or 17 years (half-marathon). Registration for both races is open online until 10 August through Full On Sport, but registration on the day is also possible. Both the 10k and the half-marathon will be chip-timed races.

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 joint organisers of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club, have taken precautions for a potentially very hot race day and have added another drink station on route. All runners, especially on the half-marathon course, are advised to be equipped for the weather and take water or electrolytes with them. This is especially necessary, as the running event has been certified as a fell race (Grade B) under the rules of the Fell Runners Association (license number 2018-5942) – one of the toughest forms of cross country running. Fell running is hill or mountain running where the gradient climbed and distance covered are significant components of the difficulty.

The Bridport Jurassic Coast Run is sponsored by three local companies this year – 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.

Forde Abbey 10k: Bridport Runners’ biggest turn-out ever is rewarded with three prizes and BBQ on the lawn

A massive group of 18 Bridport Runners plus 5 support team members (!) made their way to yesterday’s Forde Abbey 10k. But Bridport Runners not only convinced in numbers – sending the third biggest delegation in the competition behind Axe Valley Runners (36 runners) and Yeovil Town RC (28). The 18 contestants from Bridport among the 280 finishers showed a great performance, as well, winning three prizes in this tough multi-terrain race, as Adam reports: “So another year has been and gone since Bridport Runners’ last pilgrimage to the Forde Abbey 10k, and it’s been the club’s most successful outing to date. Ben Renshaw taking 3rd overall and 1st senior male, Claire Wynn taking 1st female in an age category that shan’t be named, and Ben, Adam Slater and Chris Monteith taking home the team prize with the first 3 club runners home.” See the complete results here.

“Now that we’ve got the glory out of the way we can confess we’d forgotten how hard this race was”, Adam continues. “Others may have bigger hills or be faster but Forde Abbey is evil, with Continue reading

There’s more to Bridport Runners than just running

Some Bridport Runners are not only keen runners: They also show great interest in other sports – just take Nic and Vicky. Nic (picture) who’s a long-time swimmer competes in aquathlon races while Vicky lately tried abseiling for the first time! Last week, both participated in very specific challenges in Weymouth and Portsmouth.

Vicky and her sister Emma roped down the 100 metres high Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and were using the opportunity to raise donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Southampton (her donation-page is still open).

A couple of days earlier, Nic had competed in Bustinskin’s Wednesdays’ aquathlons and finished 20th out of 70 athletes. Well done, all of you! Read Nic’s report – and learn a lot about the right technique, transitions from swim to run and the ‘Moulinex mixer mode’. Continue reading

Paul will represent Club in the Bournemouth Marathon 2018

Paul Eaton has has been selected to represent Bridport Runners in this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival. The two day festival with a variety of distances will take place on 6/7 October. There was interest from four runners in all, and Paul’s name was pulled out of a hat. Congratulations, Paul, and keep on going with your training! Running in the Bournemouth Marathon has become a Club’s tradition since the event started in 2013. Other Bridport Runners to have participated in the festival were Vicky, Ben and Kazy. In later years, so did Gill and Jodie, Sam, Ben and Niamh, Debbie, Lucy and Sam, Sarah, Karen and Debbie.