For everyone who’s doing Bridport Runners’ Wednesday training (or is thinking about joining): Here’s the Club’s coaching rota until autumn 2018. The plan shows what is planned for each Wednesday and which qualified Coach or Leader in Running fitness will lead the training. On Wednesday evenings the Club meets at 6.00 pm at the car park of the Bee’s football stadium, opposite the Bridport Leisure Centre. On these intense training sessions, which usually last about an hour and a half, we normally do speed work, intervals and hill repetitions. For any questions about the plan, please contact the training group.
How do you describe a ‘Bridport Runners on tour’ weekend in a few lines? How to summarize all the impressions and special moments of 11 runners and 6 (!) support team members? And how do you live up to taking part in one of the most remarkable races in Britain, at all – The Man v Horse 2018? Brian, Tony, Jess, Vicky, Ben (Renshaw), Hagen, Chris, Adam, Claire, Jim and Kazy started as two relay teams and eight solo runners in this year’s Man v Horse. The Welsh classic cross-country race has been going on since 1980 and started as a bet in a Welsh pub: Who would be faster over a mountainous terrain – a horse or a runner? With the Bridport Runners travelled a fantastic support team to consisting of Jane, Astrid, Nicky, Ben (Loudon), Ben (Maskrey) and Chris (Vincent-Janes). And as it was a long journey, the majority of them stayed over the weekend in a very remote farmhouse near a place called Painscastle …
This year, more than 600 runners competed with 47 horses (and their riders), among them celebrities such as BBC presenter Sophie Raworth and a former Welsh 400 meter runner, Iwan Thomas. Without spoiling the beans: It was, once more, a horse (Ronnie, ridden by Peter Davies) that won this year’s race before a solo human runner after a gruesome 22 miles – but only by a small margin of 23 seconds! Thanks to hard training, pure stubbornness and despite injuries and hardship, all Bridport Runners finished this tough race without injuries. First Bridport Runner to cross the divided finish line for horses and runners was Adam in 3 hrs. 22 min 34 sec. before Ben and Chris.
So, read here the participants most memorable impressions of that weekend, see the pictures and find out the results … Continue reading
There were big smiling faces, there were runners out of puff, and there were tears of joy: What better way to finish Bridport Runners’ latest ‘From Couch to 5k’! Organised by Brian and Clive last night, the last evening of the current beginners course fell in place with the first of five 5k races for the club’s new 5k series. Eight beginners and a good bunch of active Bridport Runners followed the invitation to West Bay – and they really gave everything they had to give. First Bridport Runner overall was Ben in 17 min. 35 seconds, followed by Chris (21:11) and Hagen (23:14). The first of the beginners over the finish line at the old promenade was David in 28:11, second was Rosemary (31:30), third Jana (31:57). Well done to all of you! See all provisional results here.
Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian was very pleased with the outcome: “This is a great achievement, especially for our beginners, to come all the way from zero to run this 5k. They put their hearts and their legs into this race, and you could really see their commitment tonight. What we, Clive and me as coaches, also liked very much was to see the great comraderie in this group.”
Due to the ongoing success of this 9th course over the last years, there will be another ‘From Couch to 5k‘ in autumn of this year. The exact time will be published a few weeks ahead on this website and our Facebook page.
“A good first 10k for anyone to try, and good for those wanting a PB.” That was Sam’s assessment of the Egdon Easy last Saturday which saw four Bridport Runners coming home with some very fast times and rankings in their individual age groups. Here’s Sam’s race report – a story about tropical weather conditions and high ambitions (see all results here): “The tropical storm clouds were brewing over Wey-biza as Nic (Moorcroft) Cowley, Les (Legend) Hawkins, Claire (Rocket) Wynn and Sam Rose arrived to take on the dauntingly-named ‘Egdon Easy’. But easy for what? The Marshalls? The crowd? The runners? Hmm, we’ll come back to that. The four joined 300 other runners on this balmy (or is it barmy?) early summer evening to run a 10km around Lodmoor. Our noble four felt a touch outnumbered by the massed ranks of about 50 Portland Royal Manor Runners, a huge gaggle from one of the many Lychett blah blah clubs and about 90 Egdon Heath Harriers. Perhaps word had got out about the ‘Easy’ bit as there was also the odd stray runner from Tavistock and Portsmouth… or they might have got lost on their way to Dorchester for the following day’s marathon.
Now, if that wasn’t a successful debut! Five Bridport Runners participated for the first time in the Maverick inov-8 Original Dorset middle distance race (16 kilometres) on the Isle of Purbeck – and Adam won it in 1 hr. 15 min. 9 seconds! Second came another quick Bridport Runner, Chris, in a time of 1:18:37! Next Bridport Runners to finish in a field of 135 competitors were Tony as 56th in 1:48:51, Vicky (72nd) in 1:50:58 and Ruth in 1:57:48 (90th). See all results here.
Winner Adam praised both the course and the organisation of the event: “Purbeck is an amazing place to run with rolling hills and a bigger mix of terrain than we have here, from rocky trails and sandy paths to manicured golf courses, all were included! Brilliantly organised event … Continue reading