Bridport Runner Ben Renshaw finished 169th in today’s Great North Run in Newcastle in a time of 1 hour 23 minutes 44 seconds. To put that in perspective: According to the organisers there were 43,000 runners starting in this half-marathon, making Ben a member of the top 0.4% (!) of all finishers. Well done, Ben – Bridport Runners are proud of you! Ben’s split times were spot-on: 18:16 min. for 5k, 38:19 for 10k and just under one hour (59:25) after 15k which meant he was running every kilometre under 4 min. (or every mile under 6:25 min.) “Geezers, I wasn’t expecting that heat!”, commented Ben after the race. “Still it cooled down around ten miles in, and I felt a lot better and put in a strong finish. Still that’s another one of my bucket list!”
Winner of the prestigious race which claims to be the world’s biggest half-marathon was British athlete Mo Farah who won the Great North Run for the fifth consecutive year in a time of 59:26 min, only four seconds short of his best result on this event.
Looking already for a Christmas present for a fellow Bridport Runner (or yourself)? The Edinburgh Marathon Festival will take place on May Bank holiday, 25/26 May 2019, and one Bridport Runner can have a free place.There is a new route with more of Edinburgh’s city centre sights and continuing through East Lothian. The race event also offers junior races, a 5k, a 10k, a half-marathon race and a team relay. In recent years, Andrew, Tom and Joy represented Bridport Runners on this fast and flat course. If you are interested in getting the free place, please apply to Vicky by 30th of September 2018. If there’s more than one applicant, then the winner will be drawn out of a hat
Neither gales, rain nor mist can stop a hard bunch of runners, especially not Ruth. Inspite the drop in temperatures, mist up Thorncombe Beacon and sheets of rain, 167 runners started in last Sunday’s sixth edition of the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run – a record attendance and an increase from last year’s 154 contestants. Winner of the half-marathon race was, once again, Ruth Barnes repeating her victory from last year. The athlete, starting for Avon Valley Runners, finished the two loops of the tough course along the Coast path in adverse weather conditions in 1 hour 39 minutes and 5 seconds. Fastest male runner over that distance was Benoit Morkel, a guest student from Namibia, in 01:41:28.
Winner of the second race over 10k was Neil Wicks from Worcester Tri Club in a time of 44 min. and 22 sec. – a new course record from the time of 46:01 min. set in 2016. Fastest female finisher over 10k was Sarah Orr from Wimborne AC in 57:37 min. Once more the races had been organised by local community groups Bridport Runners and Brit Valley Rotary Club and for the first time was chip-timed with support of sports technology firm Full On Sport.
Please find here all provisional results of the half-marathon and of the 10k and continue to see the gallery more pictures of the event. (pictures by John Dobinson, Graham Sutton and Clive Whaley with courtesy of Bridport Runners. Thanks, guys!). Continue reading
The online entries for the upcoming Bridport Jurassic Coast Run on Sunday have closed today – but there are still places available on the day. Online entries on FullOnSport for the two popular 10k and half-marathon races have closed around mid-day today with a new record: More than 180 runners have signed in for the event. However, there are still places in both races and you can enter on the day. For more information please see our FAQ list or contact Bridport Runners via our Facebok page.
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.