Bridport Mind Fest: Feel the well-being effect of running

Bridport Runners will support the Bridport Mind Fest coming Saturday, 6 October, by linking running with a positive mental health message. The local running club will not only inform the public about the physical and mental benefits of running but also do a few warm-up exercises before guiding anyone interested on a gentle jog around their own ‘wellbeing loop’. Clive Whaley, Bridport Runner coach and mental health ambassador of the Club, will give an introduction into running as an active tool of gaining and sustaining mental health and the Club’s approach to Wellbeing at Bucky Doo Square at 11:45. The free fun session at St. Mary’s Playing Fields will start around 12:00 noon and will consist of some exercises and the wellbeing loop, a 2.5 kilometre course. No former running experience or fitness level required, only a pair of trainers or running shoes! Continue reading

Second evening of ‘5k and beyond’ still open for new entries

Are you ready to take the next step? Anyone interested in in running and wanting to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance is, once more, invited to join Bridport Runners’ new course ‘5k and beyond’ this Friday. It’s only the second evening of six sessions until the end of October. Meeting point is the Bees carpark in Bridport (opposite of the Bridport Leisure Centre) at 6:00 pm. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. Cost is £15; existing Bridport Runners Club members go free.

Thorney Run Festival / Black Hill 10K Trail Run: Where else would you go on a rainy weekend?

It was raining and pouring last Saturday – just the right conditions for five brave Bridport Runners to start in the Thorney Run Festival Gill, Jodie, Emma, Sam (picture left to right) and Tony Logan participated all for the first time in this multi-terrain race in Thorney (Somerset). The Run Festival comprised of a choice of a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and a 6 hour enduro event (no official results published, yet). “The rain had arrived early in the morning and stayed for the day, but fortunately the wind was gone”, describes Tony. All routes followed the same 5k loop (with an additional distance for half runners) which was “flat – really flat”, but the trail went through grass and around fields; small sections of woods and a muddy lane mixed the terrain up a bit. Continue reading

Bripdort Runners offer new course ‘5k and beyond’

Bridport Runners are providing a new course, called ‘5k and beyond’, for all active people who are interested in running and want to extend their reach beyond a ParkRun distance. The course is provided by Bridport Runners and delivered by United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) qualified Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness. It is a follow-on from the ‘Couch to 5kclasses that Bridport Runners have provided successfully over previous seasons and the Well-being running group held by the Club on Wednesdays since 2016.  Continue reading

Ben finishes in elite group of Great North Run

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.