Bridport Runners race overseas at the Paris Marathon

Five runners from the club took part in the 43rd Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris on Sunday, 14th April 2019. The race is billed as one of the most prestigious road marathon races in terms of both number of entrants and performance of runners.

The Eiffel Tower, one of the iconic landmarks in this year’s Paris marathon (picture by Ben Renshaw with courtesy of Bridport Runners)

Leading the club home was experienced member Ben Renshaw completing in a very competitive time of 02:36:21 placing him in 109th position from 49,155 runners on the start line.

Sisters Vicky and Emma Ackerman completed the iconic course, which passes well known landmarks including the Tour Eiffel and the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, in 04:19:21 and 04:14:04 respectively.

Husband and wife team Jon and Laura Lombard were reunited after having crossed the finish line on the Avenue Foch in 03:16:03 and 05:18:39. After successfully completing the race Ben Renshaw said that they were “over the moon with the results and amazing memories.”

Take a tour along the Bridport Jurassic Coast Run course!

With the weather being so wonderful this Easter Bank holiday weekend, it’s a good chance to check out the course of this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run. Just put on some sun cream, take something to drink and go for a long walk (or run), starting from West Bay going all the way up westwards to the second highest hill on the South Coast, Thorncombe Beacon, down to Seatown and back.

If you rather prefer following a virtual tour of the whole course, you can see an animated video of the course here for the 10k and here for the half-marathon. More information and updated “Frequently Asked Questions” about the race can be found on the event page. The tough 10k(ish) race and the half-marathon (two loops of the 10k) along the beautiful Jurassic Coast will start Sunday, 11 August 2019, 10:30am, from the promenade in West Bay, Bridport. Online entries are open for the half-marathon and for the 10k via Full on Sport.

‘From Couch to 5k’ running course runs for the 10th time

It started as a small experiment almost six years ago, when Bridport Runners launched their first ‘From Couch to 5k’. This year, the Bridport based running club will hold the 10th edition of their popular six weeks’ training program which will get every participant fit to run 5 kilometres (about 3 miles) without stopping – whether they had any or no experience in running before. Over the years, more than 90 women and men have completed the course, and many have continued running. The new training program will start Wednesday, 24th of April (four days before the London Marathon), from 5:45 to 7:00 pm at the Bridport Football Club car park; costs are, once more, £12. Training sessions will be held every consecutive Wednesday night for six weeks and will be led by Bridport Runners’ qualified coaches. To take part, please contact Brian Shelley (tel. 01308 459942) beforehand or just turn up to the training on the first evening.

New coaching rota for spring/summer is out

Bridport Runners’ new coaching rota for spring and summer 2019 is out. Have a look, click on the new rota and see what’s expecting you on a Wednesday night training. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us for these sessions which take place every Wednesday night at 6:00 pm from Bridport Football Club car park.

“The Big Cheese: the bigger and meaner brother of The Stickler”

“I love cheese, but ‘The Big Cheese’ tested that love to its limits!”, says Jess (Maskrey) after taking part in last Sunday’s 15-mile race, organised by Cheddar Running Club. “The Big Cheese is The Sticklers bigger and nastier brother”, Adam hits the nail on the head. “The hills were longer and larger, there was an additional five miles to contend with and the paths were rock strewn.” But despite the terrifying challenge of a 15-mile category B fell race in the hills surrounding Cheddar, seven Bridport Runners made their way up north – and one of them almost won The Big Cheese!

See all results and read Jess M.’s race report: “Now, I love cheese … but ‘The Big Cheese’ tested that love to its limits! A 15mile fell race in the hills surrounding Cheddar with the prospect of cheese for the winners and podium places. I wasn’t getting ahead of myself thinking I could win, but I knew Ben R was racing, so cheese was on the cards! Continue reading