Once more, Bridport Runners have been offered a free place for this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which takes place on 6th and 7th of October. “It’s a great run with beautiful views which zig zag around Bournemouth and Poole”, praises Vicky. She knows what she’s talking about as she entered the Bournemouth Marathon Festival in 2013 as first Bridport Runner together with Ben and Kazy. In later years, so did Gill and Jodie, Sam, Ben and Niamh, Debbie, Lucy and Sam, Sarah, Karen and Debbie. Any Bridport Runner interested, please reply to Vicky by email by Wednesday 2nd May the latest. If there’s interest from more than one person, the winner will be drawn out of a hat.
It was hot, it was crowded, it was fast – but both Amy Day and Sam Rose finished their London Marathon races today under these tougher conditions. Sam who was running on the free Bridport Runners’ Club place completed the 26.2 miles in 3 hrs. 51 min. 40 sec. Amy achieved a time of 3:56:35 and managed to get under 4 hours for the first time in London. It was the third appearance in London for both Sam and Amy; find all London marathon results here.
More than 41,000 runners had started in the 38th edition of the prestigious event which was predicted to be one of the hottest London Marathons ever. “I think it was more like 25 than 23 degrees, and there were people collapsing all over the place!”, Sam said afterwards.
Amy agrees, writing on her Facebook page: “I had a plan A and a plan B and then a plan C if everything went badly wrong! At 9.30am Sunday morning I chose plan B, the safer option and I am so glad I did, today was not a day to take risks or go out too fast.”
Not only did both Amy and Sam Despite endure a tough training programme but they also raised money for charities: Amy for Macmillan cancer support and Sam for MHE and Me UK. Their sponsoring pages are still open for donations. Well done to both athletes and congratulations to your achievements!
Kazy ran the Brighton marathon yesterday but not for the first, but for her third time. You might call that a “serious recidivist” – or someone who just loves the event so much. “Yes, I know every metre of the Brighton marathon, and as I lived there for ten years before moving here, I know also every centimetres”, said Kazy after the race which she finished in 4:05 hr (see results here). Commenting on her own result, Kazy said that she was quite pleased with it, bearing in mind “that it was quite hard for me to come back after a longer break and only three distance training runs”. And it’s worth mentioning that it was also her 15th marathon. Well done, Kazy!
With the promise of breakfast after the exertions, it was off to the Weymouth Parkrun last Saturday for Bridport Runners Gill, Emma, Jodie and Glynis. Glynis’ race report demonstrates once more that Bridport Runners are no fair weather joggers: “As ever there was a good crowd (350 to be exact) including dogs on leads and babies in buggies. Not surprisingly it was a bit wet underfoot with plenty of puddles but this seemed to be advantageous for some (including myself), as every so often a clear path would open up as runners skirted around these obstacles ignoring the marshall bellowing: ‘IT’S ONLY WATER!’ Being used to having wet feet on the odd Sunday morning run, I was more than happy to go straight down the middle. We thoroughly enjoyed the morning which we topped off with a fry-up accompanied by pots of tea (Hagen, you would have hated it).”
For the record: Two of the four breakfast runners also achieved a personal best (Glynis 28:29 (PB); Gill 29:15; Jodie 30:09 (PB); Emma 32:53). Well done to all of you – you deserved that breakfast!
Motivated by the London Marathon? Eager to get (back) into running? Determined to get out and meet active people? Whatever the drivers are to start running (again), Bridport Runners can help to make the next step with their 9th edition of ‘From Couch to 5k’: The popular six weeks’ training program will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. More than 80 women and men have joined the courses over the years, and many have continued running. The new training program will start Wednesday, 25th of April, from 5:45 to 7:00 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park and will cost £12. Training sessions will be every consecutive Wednesday night for six weeks and will be led by Bridport Runners’ qualified coaches. To take part, please contact Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian (tel. 01308 459942) beforehand or just turn up to the training on the first evening.